Laura Landenwich

Laura Landenwich is a founding member of Adams • Landenwich • Walton and practices law in both Kentucky and Indiana. Laura received her Juris Doctor from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, and her undergraduate degree from Indiana University. She focuses her law practice on employment discrimination and civil rights litigation, representing clients who have been the victims of bigotry, ignorance, and the abuse of power. Laura argued the Kentucky marriage equality cases at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in August 2014, which later led to the landmark Supreme Court opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges. She has worked as a cooperating attorney with the ACLU of Kentucky, represented reproductive healthcare providers in their efforts to keep healthcare available to Kentucky women, and has successfully represented inmates in county jails who suffer inhumane conditions of confinement and other abuses. Laura has been recognized by her peers as a Top Lawyer (Louisville Magazine) and a Super Lawyer for several consecutive years.

Notable Decisions

  • Gentry v. Floyd County, 313 F.R.D. 72 (S.D. Ind. 2016)
  • Miller v. Kim Davis, et al, 123 F. Supp. 3d 924 (E.D.Ky 2015)
  • Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S.Ct. 2584 (2015)
  • Love v. Beshear, 989 F. Supp.2d 536 (W.D.Ky. 2014)
  • Bourke v. Beshear, 996 F. Supp.2d 542 (W.D.Ky. 2014)
  • Benjamin v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, 305 S.W.3d 446 (Ky. App. 2010)

Recent Verdicts and Settlements

  • Gentry v. Floyd County Indiana, et al. Laura Landenwich and Ted Walton represented a class of pre-trial detainees who were subjected by Floyd County Jail to a practice known as “stripping out.” The Plaintiffs alleged that their clothing was forcibly removed by jail staff, often in conjunction with tasers and pepper spray, and were held without clothing or blankets in a padded cell for hours at a time. In April 2016, the class was certified by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision. On August 2, 2017 the Court approved a final settlement in the amount of $1.23 million.
  • Ledford v. Eye Mart Family Vision Care, et. al. In October, 2012, Laura Landenwich and Thomas Clay represented the defendant Eye Mart in this case in which the Plaintiff alleged a sexually hostile work environment. The Defendant counterclaimed for funds the Plaintiff embezzled from the business while working as its office manager. The jury gave the Plaintiff nothing on her claims, and the Defendant was awarded $890,001.
  • Nessler v. Netherwood. In January, 2012, Laura Landenwich represented a real estate agent against a former seller to recover her unpaid commission. Landenwich obtained a $115,000 judgment for the Plaintiff.


  • 2019 Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • 2018 Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • 2016 Top Lawyer, Louisville Magazine
  • 2015 Louisville Metro Council Certificate of Merit for commitment to the fight for civil rights
  • 2015 Fairness Campaign Champion of Fairness Award
  • 2015 National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • 2015 Dr. James R. Ramsey LGBT Leadership Award
  • 2014 Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • 2014 Top Lawyer, Louisville Magazine

Community Involvement

  • Louisville Bar Association Pro Bono Consortium
  • Chair, Louisville Bar Association Human Rights Section
  • Board of Directors, Bluegrass Center for Autism
  • Lawlapalooza — Battle of the Bands to Benefit the Ellen B. Ewing Foundation

Professional Associations

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • MothersEsquire

Areas of Practice

  • Super Lawyers
  • Best of Louisville - Louisville Magazine
  • NELA
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • American Justice Association
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association