Laurence J. Zielke

1250 Meidinger Tower
462 South 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 589-4600
Fax: (502) 584-0422


Admitted to BAR:

1975, Kentucky; 2000, Florida; also admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Claims Court; U.S. District Courts, Western District of Kentucky, Eastern District of Kentucky, Southern District of West Virginia, Southern District of Indiana and Northern District of Iowa.


  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the Kentucky Bar Association
  • Member of the Louisville Bar Association
  • Life member of the Kentucky Bar Foundation
  • Member of 1798 University of Louisville Association


  • J.D., magna cum laude, 1974
  • Class Salutatorian
  • Executive Editor, Journal of Family Law, 1973
  • Fraternity – Phi Kappa Phi
  • Bachelor of Arts, Government, with honors, 1970
  • Fraternity – Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Master of Science, Urban Development, 1978

Other Honors:

  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Louisville, 2006
  • Special Justice of Supreme Court of Kentucky, 1996
  • Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Louisville, Kentucky and American (Public Contract Law Section) Bar Associations
  • American Subcontractors Association (Chapter Attorney, 1984 – Present)
  • National Panel of Arbitrators (Commercial Section)
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Founding Director, Kentucky Child Assault Prevention
  • English Speaking Union – Director
  • Chairman of the Centre College Parents Committee
  • Chairman of WKU Parents Association
  • Chairman of Heather Renee French Disabled Veterans Foundation
  • Board of Advisors of WKU
  • Member of Merger Legal Council for Louisville & Jefferson County
  • City of Louisville Director of Law 1978-1979
  • Recognized Municipal Bond Attorney for the State of Kentucky, listed in Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace (The Red Book)

Current Public Offices:

  • Western Kentucky University Board of Regents

Author / Speaker:

  • Local Government and The Law: Understanding The Legal Issues the Affect Local Government Decision-Making In Kentucky;
  • “Increasing Legal Services Consumability: The Family Prospective,” Journal of Family Law, 1973;
  • “Public Sector Labor Law in Kentucky,” Northern Kentucky Law Review, 1979;
  • “Strike Management/Public Safety,” Labor Management Relations Newsletters, 1979;
  • “User Fees in Lieu of Taxes: Avoiding Constitutional Limitations,” Municipal Law News, A Publication of the Municipal Law Center, Issue II, June, 1991;
  • “Lender Liability – What to do When Your Bank Denies Credit,” Presented to National Convention of Painting and Contractors of America, February 1993;
  • “User-Fee Funded Stormwater Utilities,” Water Environment Federal, 1994;
  • “Arbitrating Miller Act Claims and Problems with Enforcing an Award Under the Federal Arbitration Act,” Public Contract Law Journal, Spring, 1995;
  • University of Kentucky, 20th Annual Environmental Law Institute, Combined Sewer Overflow Issues; Lexington, Kentucky, March 18, 2005;
  • Current Issues In Storm Water Regulation In Kentucky, Louisville, Kentucky, May 25, 2005;

Significant Cases:

  • Archie Donaldson v. Liberty National Bank (now known as JP Morgan/Chase). Jury award of $7 million dollars against the bank for breach of contract where the bank interfered with the purchase of a stallion shares in Najaski II and Mr. Prospector.
  • Skip Kirchdorfer, Inc. v. United States, 6 F.3d 1573, 39 Cont.Cas.Fed. (CCH) (Fed.Cir. 1993), Civil Aciton No. 93-5004. Damages awarded when the United States broke into a contractor warehouse located on Guantanamo Bay Cuba and the court determined it was a violation of the Fifth Amendment in taking the property without just compensation.
  • Simpsonville Wrecker Service v. Empire Fire and Marine Insurance Company, 793 S.W.2d 825 (Ky.App. 1989), Civil Action No. 88-CA-2171-MR. Damages awarded based upon a cargo insurance carrier for failure to provide coverage and the jury award for insurer’s bad faith.
  • Gentry v. First National Bank of Louisville (now known as PNC). The bank paid millions of dollars to horse breeder Tom Gentry for interfering with the horse breeders business.
  • Knology, Inc. v. Insight Communications Company (now part of Time Warner Cable), 393 F3d 656 (6th Cir. 2004). Where a claim made that the cable company violated its rights and First Amendment and violated antitrust law which was subsequently ruled upon by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit dismissing all claims against the cable company.
  • Larry Thompson v. BB&T, Case No. 06-CI-10885. Jefferson County Circuit Court granted damages of $10.7 million dollars against BB&T for fraud in obtaining Thompson’s real estate business which included $9 million dollars in punitive damages.
  • Wilhoyte v. PBI Bank, Case No. 08-CI-00674. An Oldham County, Kentucky jury awarded Wilhoyte in excess of $1 million dollars in damages for PBI’s fraud which included punitive damages.
  • Wade v. Citizens Union Bank, Case No. 10-CI-546, Shelby Circuit Court. Obtained approval from the FDIC for an approval of a contract dispute with the bank’s president.
  • Abilene Texas v. Citizens Union Bank, Case No. 12-CI-403479, Jefferson Circuit Court. Resolved a writ of possession and negotiated loans on favorable terms for the borrower.
  • Puzzle Dome v. Stockyards Bank, Case No. 09-CI-04294, Jefferson Circuit Court. Resolved prepayment issues with bank on unfavorable terms and issues on SBA loan guarantees.
  • Signature Point v. PBI Bank, Case No. 10-CI-04295, Jefferson Circuit Court. On July 16, 2013, a Jefferson County jury awarded Signature Point Condominiums over $7 million dollars in damages which included punitive damages in the amount of $5.5 million dollars for the bank’s fraud and intentional inference with a prospective business opportunity.