Theresa A. Canaday

Litigation Department Chair
T 502.568.0369
F 502.581.1087
400 West Market Street
Suite 3200
Louisville, Kentucky 40202-3363

Theresa is chair of the firm's Litigation Department, which houses seven litigation practice groups. Theresa also maintains an active practice. Her legal practice has an emphasis in complex business matters, including energy-related contract disputes, business torts, franchise disputes and related matters, construction disputes and unfair competition cases. She represents Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 corporations, as well as closely-held companies, startup businesses and entrepreneurs. She also has substantial experience representing energy-sector entities in state and federal litigation.

Theresa has a wide-range of experience in trying business dispute cases in federal and state courts around the country, as well as prosecuting and defending complex matters through arbitration. Over the course of her career, she has tried more than 15 cases in either court or arbitration, often involving many weeks of trial in each instance.

Theresa also has experience representing individuals and companies in federal criminal investigations, including health care fraud and antitrust investigations.


Prior to joining the firm she worked as an associate with Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago, Illinois (1995-2000). Immediately before working for Mayer, Brown & Platt, Theresa clerked for Judge Eugene Siler, Jr. of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1994-1995).

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Benchmark Litigation:  Top 250 Women in Litigation 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
  • Chambers USA® America's Leading Business Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2015-2019
  • Louisville Magazine:  "Powerful People"
  • Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2007-2017
  • Benchmark Litigation®, listed among the "Local Litigation Stars" for Kentucky, 2011-2012

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Brandeis Inn of Court

Press Releases

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Kentucky Derby Museum, Board of Directors, Secretary
  • St. Agnes Parish, School Board
  • St. Agnes Parish, Chair Elect, Parish Council
  • The Home of the Innocents, Inc., Chair, 2007-2009; Board of Directors
  • Junior Achievement, Board of Directors, 2008
  • 21st Century Society of the Louisville Orchestra Board of Directors, Secretary
  • Leadership Kentucky, 2006
  • Leadership Louisville, 2004-2005
  • Selected Top 40 under 40, 2004

Other Contact Info


Laura Milburn
T 502.779.8583