David Leightty

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Practice Areas

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.

Most employers offer employment benefits in addition to the wages paid, including such benefits as defined contribution pensions, defined benefit pensions, life insurance, short or long term disability, severance plans, health insurance, cafeteria plans, ESOPs, profit-sharing, 401k’s or the like.

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.

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.

In addition to defending law enforcement officers in traditional employment matters, such as those involving suspensions, removal or other discipline, we also handle many specific types of representation for law enforcement officers that include the following:

Internal Affairs investigations
Garrity Rights issues
Statement Preparation and Review
Disciplinary Appeals before all forums
Performance review appeals
Polygraph matters
Merit Board or Disciplinary Review Board representation
Civil action and defense
Grievance preparation through arbitration
Deadly force incident representation
Law Enforcement Officer certification issues
Collective bargaining negotiations
Legislation matters
Wage & Hour issues
We recognize that each law enforcement agency differs to some extent, and often times some departmental procedures vary, requiring special attention to specific general orders in preparation for the legal defense of law enforcement officers.


David Leightty received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Kentucky in 1973 and his Juris Doctor, University of Louisville in 1977.


Courts and other forums in which Mr. Leightty has practiced include multiple levels of federal court (various federal district courts, U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for 5th, 6th, 7th, and District of Columbia Circuits), as well as all levels of Kentucky state court (including Kentucky Supreme Court); administrative agencies at federal, state, and local levels; and arbitration under many bargaining agreements. His litigation experience entails extensive trial work including jury trials.

Before returning to private practice in 1997, Mr. Leightty was Senior Attorney in charge of Litigation for the City of Louisville Department of Law.

Bar Admissions:
Kentucky; U. S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky;
U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky; U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; United States Supreme Court.

Bar Associations:
Kentucky Bar Association (former co-chair of Labor Section); Louisville Bar Association.

Other Accomplishments

Mr. Leightty’s book Kentucky Employment and Labor Law (DataTrace, 1998 with annual updates to present), is the only complete reference source for the law of the Commonwealth concerning the fields of employment and labor. Leightty has written and given talks and seminars extensively in the fields of employment, labor, and law enforcement issues.

Since 2008 Mr. Leightty has been included in the Kentucky Super Lawyers, designated as among the top 5% of attorneys in Kentucky.