Ben Basil

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Priddy, Cutler, Naake & Meade is the leading labor and employment law firm in Louisville, KY. Our lawyers are dedicated to the representation of organized labor, its leadership and members.
Our experienced attorneys have had numerous trials, arbitrations, and appeals and have litigated on behalf of thousands of employees and their unions.
We are committed to the mission of the American labor movement and improving the lives of working people and their families through fair treatment and equal rights for all employees, union or non-union.

Employee rights arise from federal and state laws that, over time, have established various rules that govern the employer-employee relationship.
More broadly viewed, the phrase is often used to refer to rights not explicitly mentioned in law but inferred from legal protections.

Our firm has become known to law enforcement over many years due to representation of numerous FOP lodges throughout the state. Our reputation resulted from the career work of my partner, Mark Miller, with whom I started our firm 26 years ago as Miller & Meade PSC. Mark left our firm effective May 3, 2010, as a consequence of some life and career choices that caused him to chart a new direction, joining the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.

Throughout those many years, I worked with Mark as a backup on cases involving the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights (KRS 15.520), collective bargaining issues and strategies, representation of both individual officers and FOP’s for advice, counsel and litigation. My own public safety experience includes representing the Louisville EMS worker union (EMSEA) for a decade prior to their merger with the Fire Department. I negotiated their contracts, handled grievances and arbitrations, worked with the Board of Alderman as a part of their political strategy, and went to Frankfort as their lobbyist to get the definition of hazardous duty employment changed so they could be added for pension purposes. This was the big incentive for joining the fire department. It proved successful, but I lost them as a client as a consequence when they became part of the Firefighter’s Union. I have in years past represented the Teamsters, Local 783, (currently represented by my partner Scott Miller) and the Fireman & Oilers in public sector bargaining. I have also represented employees of state corrections before the personnel board.

I have done extensive work in the public sector and in dealing with issues of first importance to law enforcement and public safety employees. I am proud to have the opportunity to now represent Bluegrass Lodge 4, out of Lexington, and Corrections Lodge 77, in Metro Government, the second and third largest FOP organizations in the state, which have elected to remain with our firm after Mark’s departure.

We take great pride in representing these honored professions, and frequently assist public safety employees ranging from executive level supervisors to probationary employees just entering the profession.

Our teachers are too often unfairly disciplined for the shortcomings of our school systems caused by poor student performance and school administrators pressured to find blame.

Our attorneys provide teachers the legal representation necessary to fight disciplinary abuse by school administrators.


Ben graduated from the University of Louisville with honors, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology in 2003. He received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 2011.


Ben Basil is a former union organizer who is dedicated to fighting for working people and their families. Ben’s practice is focused on labor and employment law. He enjoys representing unions and their members in all aspects of collective bargaining, organizing, and labor law. He represents plaintiffs in employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and unemployment cases. He also represents public employees in actions before the Personnel Board and other state administrative agencies. Ben is admitted to practice before all Kentucky state courts and administrative agencies.

Bar Admissions:
Kentucky (2011) | U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky | U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana | U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Bar Associations:
Kentucky Bar Association | Louisville Bar Association