Shannon Antle Hamilton

Shannon Antle Hamilton chairs the Firm’s Employment Law Service Group, and is a seasoned litigator and counselor on complex employment law issues. Shannon has significant lead counsel experience in employment litigation and has tried numerous cases in both federal and state court to jury verdict. Shannon’s trial experience includes defending companies in workers’ compensation retaliation claims, Family and Medical Leave Act claims, cases brought under Title VII and the Kentucky Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Kentucky Whistleblower Act. Shannon also frequently litigates non-compete, non-solicitation and trade secret disputes. Shannon provides counseling to her clients on compliance in all areas of employment law and is a frequent speaker and author on trending employment law issues.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Will the Federal $15 Minimum Wage Become Reality? Part II

Employers May Have To Pay For Vaccine Time If It's Required

by Jon Steingart, Law360, January 25, 2021

What Employers Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19’S Impact on the Construction Industry

Speaker, 2020 Construction Law Institute, UK/CLE, November 11, 2020

Covid-19: Employment Law Impacts for Banks

Speaker, Conference on Legal Issues for Financial Institutes Webinar, October 22, 2020

HR With the Experts: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Update

Panelist, Virtual Event, Greater Louisville, Inc., September 11, 2020

Three things employers should know about the Supreme Court's ruling on LGBTQ rights

by Sarah Shadburne, Louisville Business First, June 22, 2020

OSHA Revises COVID-19 Guidance

COVID-19 Scams: What Employers Need to Know

Updated CDC Guidance for Essential Workers

Information You Need on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Dealing with the Top Issues Managers Face in the Workplace

Women Environmental Leaders of Louisville meeting, Louisville, KY, September 25, 2019

Surviving Today's Threats: Managing Legal Liability

Physical Security Expo, Advanced Global Communications, Louisville, KY, June 19, 2019

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Second Chance Hiring

P&C Trends to Watch - Are You Vulnerable?

panel member, Women Leaders in Insurance 2018 Conference, October 19, 2018

#Me Too Movement

2018 Annual Convention, Kentucky Society of Association Executives, Bowling Green, KY, August 2, 2018

New I-9 Form Takes Effect September 18, 2017

Federal Judge Strikes Down Obama Administration Overtime Rule

Review of Kentucky Employment Law Cases

34th Annual Carl A. Warns and Edwin R. Render Labor & Employment Law Institute, June 15, 2017
Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Firm Leadership

Employment Law Service Group, Chair

Diversity Committee, Member and Former Chair

S.W.I.F.T. (Stites Women Investing in our Futures Together) Committee, Member and Former Chair

Chief Talent Officer (2013-15)

American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Community Involvement

Waterfront Botanical Gardens, Human Resources Committee (non-Board member)

Business Counsel, Inc., Strategic Growth Committee (non-Board member)

More Than Stites & Harbison

In addition to taking care of her daughter and son, Shannon is a University of Louisville fan ("Go, Cards!") and can often be found in the Green Parking Lot, hosting a tailgating party for her family and friends.


Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment (2013-22)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law - Management (2022)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for Labor & Employment Litigation (2015)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2007-21)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Attorneys in Kentucky (2015-17)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 25 Women Attorneys in Kentucky (2007, 2013-19, 2021)

Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Labor & Employment (2014-18; 2020-21)

Louisville Magazine's "Top Lawyers" (2013, 2014, 2016)


Shannon Antle Hamilton comes recommended as a "very accomplished employment litigator," attracting particularly praise for her strength at trial. She handles a range of employment law disputes, including FMLA, ADA and trade secrets litigation.

- Chambers Commentary (USA), 2020
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