Laurel Doheny


Laurel Doheny

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Practice Areas:

  • Domestic Relations
  • Civil Litigation
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • Family Law
  • Divorce


Laurel's practice focuses on litigation of family law matters and resolution of family law disputes, including prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, divorce settlements, and courtroom advocacy. Laurel is also trained in the collaborative law techniques designed to minimize conflict in resolution of family law issues.


  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1992
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Louisville
    • B.A. - 1989

Bar Admission

  • Kentucky, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1993

Published Works

  • Note, Schutz v. Schutz, Journal of Family Law, Vol. 31, No. 1, 1992-1993
  • Case Law Updates, Franklin Bar Association
  • Case Law Updates, Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky Domestic Relations Practice, Maintenance chapter, 2006

Representative Cases


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation
  • Judge Richard A. Revell Family Law Practitioner of Year Award, Louisville Bar Association
  • Pro Bono Service Award, Louisville Bar Association
  • Selected 2023 Kentucky Super Lawyers
  • Selected 2022 Women In the Law
  • Selected 2022 Kentucky Super Lawyers
  • Selected 2021 Kentucky Super Lawyers
  • Selected to the Kentucky Super Lawyers 2020
  • 2020 Inclusion in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
  • Selected to the Kentucky Super Lawyers 2019
  • Recognized by peers as a 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” in the practice area of Family Law in Louisville.
  • Selected to the 2018 Top Women Kentucky Super Lawyers List
  • Selected to the 2019 Kentucky Super Lawyers List
  • Selected for KY Super Lawyers List 2010-2019
  • Name A Best Lawyer – Brasserier Provence 2015 in Louisville Magazine
  • Selected for KY Super Lawyers List 2015
  • The Top 25 Women Attorneys in Kentucky Recognition in 2014 and prior years
  • Selected for 2011-2012 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”
  • Selected to the 2013-2014 Kentucky Super Lawyers top list
  • Selected for inclusion to 2012 Kentucky Super Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion Best Lawyers Family Law (2009-2013)
  • Presenter at Kentucky Bar Association Annual CLE Program (2013)
  • Kentucky Bar Association Convention Planning Committee (2012)
  • Selected for inclusion into 2013 edition of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Woman Lawyers – exclusively for women attorneys – (2013)
  • Selected for inclusion as Best Lawyers in Kentucky Family Law (2012)
  • Chosen for American’s Most Honored Professionals (2011)
  • 2012 AV Preeminent Rating
  • Selected to the Top 25 Woman Attorneys in Kentucky in Kentucky Monthly (2011)
  • Selected to 2011 Top Lawyers as featured in Louisville Magazine!
  • Distinguished Alumna Award, Brandeis School of Law (2011)
  • Member, Citizens for Better Judges (2012-2015)
  • Distinguished Alumna Award, Brandeis School of Law, 2010
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers – Top 25 Women Kentucky, 2010
  • Member: Pro Bono Consortium, 2006-2010
  • Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society
  • American Inns of Court
  • Kentucky Collaborative Family Law Network Member, 2002
  • Board Member and Former Chair, Legal Aid Society, 1999
  • Named as the Louisville Best Lawyers Family Law Lawyer of the Year, 2009
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2007-2011
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2006-2007
  • Judge Richard A. Revell Family Law Practitioner of Year Award, Louisville Bar Association, 2003
  • Family Court Constitutional Amendment Committee, Co-Chair, 2002
  • Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity Outstanding Member Award, 1992
  • Top Lawyer In Louisville Magazine’s March 2014 issue

Classes & Seminars

  • Divorce Education Program, Center for Women and Families
  • "Gathering, Organizing and Using Financial Information in Divorce Cases", Family Law Practice for Paralegals
  • "Investigating and Developing your Case: The Attorney's Responsibility in Commencing Litigation", Kentucky Bar Association

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County
  • Legal Aid Society, Board Member, Officer, and Volunteer (1995-Present)
  • Louisville Bar Association Santa’s Court Toy Drive volunteer (1995-2009)
  • Pro Se Divorce Clinic volunteer (2008-2009)

Representative Clients


Past Positions


Ancillary Businesses

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Psi Chi

Professional Associations

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 1992
  • Legal Aid Society, Secretary and Member
  • Citizens for Better Judges, Member
  • Focus Louisville Alumni Group, Member
  • Brandeis Society, Member
  • Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court, Member, 2002 to 2003
  • Louisville Bar Association (President, 2010; President-Elect, 2009; Vice-President/Treasurer, April 2008-December 2008; Secretary of Board, January-March 2008; Board Member, 2005-2008; Former Chair, Family Law Section; Member, 1992)
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellow (2008)
  • Focus Louisville Member (2000)

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