Thomas P. O'Brien, III

T 502.568.0205
F 502.581.1087
400 West Market Street
Suite 3200
Louisville, Kentucky 40202-3363

As a litigator focused on complex commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation transaction attorney, Tom takes the time to fully understand his clients’ technologies and needs, and partners with them to achieve their business goals. His experience is extensive in the telecommunications sector, representing companies in federal and state litigation and regulatory proceedings.  Tom has a robust trade secrets and non-compete practice, as well as trademark and copyright infringement practice, which frequently involves domain name, e-commerce and technology issues.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Featured story: FBT rallies in support of local arts organizations
  • Practice Group named among Top 10 Patent Litigation Firms in the United States by Managing Intellectual Property
  • Chambers USA, Intellectual Property, 2008-2017
  • AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers®  2007, 2010-2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2016-2019
  • Benchmark Litigation®  mentioned in Kentucky, 2011

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (Former)

Press Releases

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Louisville Zoo Society/Friends of The Louisville Zoo, Board of Directors, 1999-2009; President, 2005-2009; Vice President, 2003-2005
  • Louisville Zoo Foundation, Board of Trustees, Member, 2005-2009
  • Bellarmine University, Board of Overseers, Member, 2007-present; Chairman, 2015-present; Vice-Chairman, 2013-2015; Executive Committee, 2010-present
  • Kentucky Opera, President, 2011-2013; Board of Trustees, 2009-present
  • Fund for the Arts, Board of Directors, Member, 2011-2013
  • Leadership Kentucky, Class of 2008
  • Leadership Louisville, Class of 2007 (Leadership Louisville Center)
  • Ignite Louisville, Class of 2005 (Leadership Louisville Center)
  • Building Futures Foundation, Founding Member, Board of Directors, 2005-2008
  • Washington and Lee University Alumni Association, Louisville Chapter, Board of Directors, 1998-present
  • Washington and Lee University Annual Fund, Class Agent, 1995-2007; 2008-present
  • Metro United Way, FBT Campaign Committee, 2007-2011
  • Fund For The Arts, Chair, FBT Campaign, 2007-2013
  • Boy Scouts of America, Lincoln Heritage Council Golden Eagle Campaign, 2006-2010

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Speaker and Panelist: "Federal Civil Litigation in Kentucky"
Lorman Business Institute, September 1996

Speaker and Panelist: "Federal Civil Litigation in Kentucky"
Lorman Business Institute, November 2000

Speaker: "Ethical Issues in the Electronic Age and Recent Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," May 2007

Other Contact Info




Karen Lovan
T 502.779.8674