David O'Brien Suetholz
I went to law school after studying theology in order to analyze and change oppressive social structures. After experiencing the righteousness of the United Mine Workers of America, their members, officers and staff, I knew I wanted to serve the labor movement. I believe that working families, motivated by the love and concern for their neighbors, have the power to transform society for the good of all. Serving working people through their unions is the most rewarding work I can imagine. I remember every person I have assisted in getting their job back, and every reinstatement victory is a highlight for me and my staff. It is up to all of us to work for a better world for our children — together.
David Suetholz joined BS&J as a member in 2018, and concentrates on labor and employment law, appellate practice and civil litigation. He has broad experience in representing working people and their unions in Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri. He previously served as the general counsel of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and was partially responsible for record-breaking wage recoveries for Kentucky workers. Additional legal accomplishments include victories at both the Kentucky Supreme Court in Workforce Development Cabinet v. Gaines (2008) and the U.S. Supreme Court in Thompson v. North American Stainless LP (2011), which changed the law for the entire country to more broadly protect people from retaliation under Title VII.
Mr. Suetholz is a 2000 graduate of Villanova University, where he studied history and theology. He credits his theology background for his decisions to attend Notre Dame Law School, where he earned his J.D. in 2003, and to ultimately become a union-side labor attorney. After law school, he spent nine months at the Instituto de Idiomas in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to learn Spanish and assist immigrant workers. He is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.
Dave lives on a farm with his wife and children, and enjoys cutting hay, tending to livestock and growing a family garden. He and his family stay socially and politically active in their community and state to work toward a more just and peaceful world.
Areas of Practice
- Appellate Practice
- Civil Litigation
- Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2003
- Villanova University, B.A., 2000
- Kentucky, 2004
- Indiana, 2005
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2004
- U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2004
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2005
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2005
- U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2007
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
- Helped expand Title VII retaliation protection in Thompson v. North American Stainless LP
- Won “whistleblower” case before the Kentucky Supreme Court in Workforce Development Cabinet v. Gaines
- Successfully defended arbitration victory for worker terminated “without just cause”
- Routinely handles contact arbitrations for union clients
- Champions the rights of immigrant workers
- Assisted progressive senate campaign Booker for Kentucky in obtaining injunction to allow voters turned away in 2020 primary
Professional Honors and Activities
- Lawyers Coordinating Committee, AFL-CIO, 2004
- Kentucky Bar Association, 2004
- Indiana State Bar Association, 2005
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Shelbyville, Kentucky chapter, 2018
- Board member, Doors to Hope, Sisters of Charity Nazareth, 2019 – present
- Board member, Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Louisville, 2007 – 2009