Richard S. Cleary - Frost Brown Todd LLC

Richard S. Cleary

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003
Phone: 502-779-8562

Rich is a member in the labor and employment practice group.  He represents employers exclusively, including in collective bargaining, the litigation of labor claims before the courts, the National Labor Relations Board and arbitral forums, the defense of employment and wage/hour actions, and counseling concerning the labor and employment law implications of corporate restructuring.

As a nationally recognized lawyer, Rich has been selected for inclusion in the Kentucky Super Lawyers since 2007 and received the most votes of any Kentucky lawyer in the 2012 Super Lawyers survey.  Rich has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 2003.  He is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, consistently ranked first-tier in Chambers USA for labor and employment law practitioners and serves on the leadership council of the ABA Labor & Employment Law Section.

Rich has edited the Kentucky Employment Law Letter since 1989 and written and presented extensively on the National Labor Relations Board.

Washington and Lee UniversityBA 1978Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D. 1981
American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law SectionAmerican Bar AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationKentucky and Louisville Bar AssociationsNLRB Region 9 Practice and Procedure Committee

Client Comments

"Richard is a gifted practitioner who is servant oriented and professional at all times. He is an attorney who commands the respect of the most influential members of the community, but possesses the humility to effectively interact with the least known members of society. He is the genuine article who always delivers the goods."

"I have worked with Mr. Cleary on a variety of labor and employment issues for over a decade. He is a skilled negotiator in collective bargaining and a superior litigator before the NLRB, the courts, and in appellate work. His briefs are always clear and right on the mark. He has a gift for instantly recalling case names and decisions, as well as detailed facts of cases he is handling. He is very intelligent, straightforward, honest, and cost conscious. He has never missed a deadline and is a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend him."

-Cynthia Beauchamp
Assistant General Counsel
U-Haul International

"Richard Cleary is extremely bright, capable, and responsive. He is one of the best outside counsel that I have ever worked with. He has represented every company for which I have worked throughout my career due to his fabulous expertise and representation."

-Barbara Sellinger
Enterprise Group Vice President
Wyndham Worldwide, Inc.

"I have had the honor of working with Rich Cleary on multiple labor negotiations and other labor/management issues. During my 20 years in human resources, I have never met an attorney or any other professional with more class or expertise than Rich. Rich is an exceptional attorney, but that is not what makes him different from others like him. His trust, integrity, and ability to communicate at all levels of management and genuine concern and respect for all individuals are only a few of the traits that set him apart. As an attorney, he represents his firm and clients with a passion and he is well respected by both sides of the table. His ability to understand situations, prepare himself and witnesses, and present our position is truly exceptional. Rich truly is one of the best."

-Timothy Williams
Director, Human Resources
Noranda Aluminum Inc.

Office Location

400 West Market Street, Suite 3200
Louisville, KY 40202-3363
United States

Practice Areas

Labor Law - Management