D. Patton Pelfrey

T 502.568.0252
F 502.581.1087
400 West Market Street
Suite 3200
Louisville, Kentucky 40202-3363

Pat is a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC and is the founding chair of the Firm’s labor and employment law department. His practice consists of labor law under the National Labor Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Immigration Reform and Control Act and other federal and state statutory and common law issues involving employee relations and litigation (exclusively representing management).


Pat spends considerable time consulting with clients and engaging in preventive measures to avoid litigation, representing clients in both the private and public sectors.

His experience includes negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, handling union organizing campaigns and litigation of cases involving employee relations before the United States Supreme Court, various United States Circuit Courts of Appeal, Federal District Courts, the National Labor Relations Board, United States Department of Labor and various state and local agencies.

From 1968 to 1972 he served as a trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in the Cincinnati, Ohio Regional Office. 

Highlights & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America® All editions, 1989-2019
  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, 2009-2017
  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers® 2007-2016; "Top 50 in Kentucky," 2010-2011
  • Best of United States
  • Presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UofL Law School Alumni Council on October 25, 2007

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Section on Labor and Employment Law
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association

Press Releases

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Metropolitan Sewer District Board of Directors, Member and Chair of Board
  • Louisville Ballet Company, Chair of Board and Executive Committee Member
  • Access Center Partnership, Chair of Board
  • St. James Conrad Caldwell House, Chair of Board
  • Preservation Alliance Louisville, Jefferson County, Chair of Board
  • Kentucky Center for the Arts, Appointed by Governor to Commission to Develop the Center

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Presenter: various continuing legal education courses and has been featured at seminars sponsored by universities in several states, various bar associations and other labor and employment law groups.

Speaker: American Bar Association Section
Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act.

Professor of Law at the University of Louisville School of Law
Teaching Labor Law I and II.

Guest lecturer: The University of Louisville School of Law
Involving courses in Labor Law, Arbitration, Public Sector Labor law and the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

The Developing Labor Law (John E. Higgins, Jr. ed., D. Patton Pelfrey contrib'g ed., BNA Books, various editions). [Publ'd by the ABA Sec. of Labor & Employment Law -- considered to be the most authoritative publication in the field of labor relations.]

William F. Dolson et al., Labor Arbitration:  Cases and Materials for Advocates, Apx. G: Sample Company Closing Statement, BNA Books.

Other Contact Info


Cathy Davidson
T 502.779.8544