Louis D. Kelly

Louis D. Kelly is Partner at Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing, PLLC. He practices in the firm’s Civil Litigation and Government practice groups.

Admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 2007, Louis is a member of the Kentucky and the Northern Kentucky Bar Associations. He received his B.B.A. from the Carol Martin Gatton School of Business at the University of Kentucky in 2001 and graduated from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, in 2007. For the last several years, he has worked as an Assistant County Attorney for the Boone County Attorney’s Office.

Louis resides in Florence, Kentucky with his family.

Government Litigation

Louis Kelly is a member of the firm’s Government Litigation Practice Group. During his career, he has represented numerous cities, counties, and other public entities in a variety of legal actions in both State and Federal Court on issues ranging from Civil Rights, Whistleblower Actions, Workers’ Compensation, Harassment, and Discrimination claims. He has successfully represented his clients through all phases of litigation including summary judgment, trial, and on appeal. He has also advised and prosecuted claims on behalf of public entities in administrative and disciplinary hearings.

Louis Kelly has litigated cases from beginning to end in both state and federal courts involving a wide range of issues. Simply put, it’s hard for the other side to throw something at Kelly, either procedurally or substantively, that his team doesn’t know how to handle. In addition to providing sound representation in the courtroom, Louis has experience navigating clients through difficult matters that are sensitive and receive high media scrutiny. With the breadth and depth of his experience, Louis and the ASWD Government Litigation Practice Group can guide their clients to the most efficient and sound resolution of their claims.

Examples of litigation experience includes:

  • Discovery (depositions, written discovery, disputes before the Court);
  • Mediations;
  • Dispositive Motions (Motions for Summary Judgment, Motions to Dismiss);
  • Pretrial litigation (Motions in limine, objections to evidence)
  • Oral arguments
  • Witness and trial preparation;
  • Administrative hearings;
  • Jury Trials;
  • Appellate briefs and motions before KY Court of Appeals, KY Supreme Court, U.S. District Court, and U.S. Court of Appeals
    Media responses to high profile litigation

General Counsel, Government

A large part of Louis’ practice involves providing legal advice to governmental agencies across the Commonwealth including counties, cities, and special purpose governmental entities. His practice includes drafting ordinances, advising on open records, and assisting the administration of meetings in compliance with the Kentucky Open Meetings Act. He also has experience in drafting personnel and policy manuals and advising on employment issues.

Open Records

As part of his extensive background in government law, Louis has advised and assisted numerous public entities in responding to requests under the Kentucky Open Records Act. This includes advising them on statutory exemptions, deadlines, and the current status of Attorney General Opinions and Kentucky case law.

Additionally, Kelly helps his clients deal with the ever-increasing role that technology plays in Open Records requests. This includes proper document management and retention so that his clients are prepared to respond promptly and appropriately to any request. He has handled numerous Open Records appeals before the Attorney General addressed similar issues in motions before both Circuit and Appellate Courts.

Employment Law

Louis Kelly is a member of the firm’s Employment Law Practice Group. During his career, he has represented and advised numerous public entities on a myriad of employment law issues including, but not limited to, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Kentucky Whistleblower Act and both the Kentucky and Federal Civil Rights Acts. This includes advice and recommendations on internal compliance as well as developing proper policies and procedures. Louis has handled employment claims before the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and legal actions filed in both state and federal courts.


Risch v. Kenton County, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41445 (E.D. Ky. Apr. 15, 2011)

Alred v. Commonwealth, 395 S.W.3d 417 (Ky. 2012)

Gardner v. Kenton County, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179447 (E.D. Ky. Dec. 19, 2012)

McDonald v. City of Fort Mitchell, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48288 (E.D. Ky. Apr. 5, 2012)

Murphy v. City of Richmond Gov’t, 2013 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 260 (Ky. Ct. App. Mar. 22, 2013)

Metzger v. Summe, 2013 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 753 (Ky. App. 2013)

Curry v. Brown, 970 F. Supp. 2d 667 (E.D. Ky. 2013)


Hostile Work Environment Protection – What Owners Need to Know

Libraries in High-Stakes Litigation; ASWD Obtains Favorable Court of Appeals Ruling

Sought After Litigator: Meet Attorney, Louis Kelly (Newsletter Profile)

2014 Kentucky Association of Counties – “Blanket Denials: Bad Policy Under the Open Records Act”

2013 Kentucky Public Human Resources Association – Workplace Investigations

2012 Kentucky Public Human Resources Association – Employment Law Update