James D. Cockrum

T 502.568.0317
F 502.581.1087
400 West Market Street
Suite 3200
Louisville, Kentucky 40202-3363

James represents a wide range of large and small employers in manufacturing and service related industries. His practice focuses on working with employers to develop and implement policies and procedures which prevent employment practices liabilities (including wage and hour matters, discrimination, wrongful discharge and sexual harassment), and defending employers faced with employment practices lawsuits.      

James also advises non-unionized employers in their efforts to remain "union free" and win union election campaigns.  He represents employers in unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and assists unionized employers in collective bargaining, the administration of their collective bargaining agreements, mediation and arbitration of grievances and maintaining effective and efficient relationships with unionized workforces.

James has been honored to be selected for inclusion in Outstanding Lawyer of America and in Chambers USA: "America's Leading Business Lawyers."

Highlights & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, 2006-2019
  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, 2008-2017
  • AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor,  2007-2009, 2012-2016

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association

Press Releases

Non-FBT Publications and Events

James has spoken on labor and employment law at dozens of seminars throughout Kentucky, including the annual Governor's Conferences on Health and Safety in the workplace, the Labor and Employment Law Updates sponsored by local and district associations of Kentucky and Louisville Bar Associations, the Mid-American Human Resources Symposium, the Kentucky Society of Human Resource Managers, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and its local affiliates, various private agencies and employers, and University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.

Other Contact Info


Pat Manahan
T 502.779.8558