John W. Woodard,


P 502-562-7148

F 502-589-0309


400 West Market Street

Suite 2000

Louisville, KY 40202

John Woodard has more than 25 years of litigation experience handling a wide variety of matters including construction; employment; labor; insurance; environmental; civil rights; administrative law; product liability; toxic torts; public procurement; and all types of business litigation in state and federal courts throughout Indiana and Kentucky. 

  • Representative Matters 
    • English v. General Electric Company, 2015, U.S. Dist. Ct. S.D. of Indiana.  Obtained defense verdict for General Electric in disability discrimination case.
    • Starks Mech., Inc. v. New Albany-Floyd County Consol. Sch. Corp., 854 N.E.2d 936 (Ind. Ct. App. 2006). Obtained summary judgment defeating contractor's claim for additional costs. Judgment affirmed on appeal.
    • Ind. Gaming Co. v. Blevins, 724 N.E.2d 274 (Ind. Ct. App. 2000). Obtained dismissal for contractor accused of violating common construction wage provisions in a construction contract. Judgment affirmed on appeal.
    • United Steel Workers of Am., AFL-CIO-CLC v. Saint Gobain Ceramics & Plastics, Inc., 505 F.3d 417 (6th Cir. 2007). Briefed and argued a hotly-disputed federal labor law case to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals sitting en banc.
    • Ryan v. Philip Morris USA, Inc., No. 1:05CV162, 2006 WL 449207 (N.D. Ind. 2006). Obtained dismissal of wrongful death case for cigarette manufacturer as to plaintiff's claims of negligence and fraud.
    • J.C. v. N. Harrison County Cmty. Sch. Corp., No. 4:04CV0109-DFH-WGH, 2005 WL 280340 (S.D. Ind. 2005). Successfully defended school corporation accused of violating the civil rights of a special needs student.
    • Johnson v. Seagram & Sons, Inc., 311 F. Supp. 2d 774 (S.D. Ind. 2004). Obtained summary judgment in an employment discrimination case.
    • Haehl v. Wash. Mut. Bank, F.A., 277 F. Supp. 2d 933 (S.D. Ind. 2003). Obtained dismissal defeating putative class action against the bank.
    • Meyers v. Furrow Bldg. Materials, 659 N.E.2d 1147 (Ind. Ct. App. 1996). Obtained summary judgment for a defendant in a personal injury case. Judgment affirmed on appeal.
    • Lee v. Friedman, 637 N.E.2d 1318 (Ind. Ct. App. 1994). Obtained dismissal for defendant in a personal injury case. Judgment affirmed on appeal.
  • Representative Clients 
    • General Electric Company
    • Interlock Industries, Inc.
    • PNC Bank, National Association
    • Heartland Payment Systems, Inc.
    • New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation
    • General Growth Properties, Inc.
    • River Ridge Development Authority

    (NOTE: the above list excludes certain material financial institutions clients whose policies prohibit specifically naming them in this context)


  • Professional Experience 

    Mr. Woodard has served as Counsel for the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation for over 20 years.

  • Honors 

    • Highest Professional AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Peer references stated, "John is an excellent corporate legal advisor, and an able, accomplished trial attorney." "John is an outstanding attorney whose ethics are beyond reproach."
    • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Litigation-Construction, 2013-2017 and Commercial Litigation, 2013-2021
    • Recognized by his peers as a Kentucky Super Lawyer®
    • Recognized as one of the "Top Lawyers" in the area of Construction Law by Louisville Magazine, March 2012.
    • Indiana Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Publico Award, 1994
    • Associate Editor of the Indiana Law Review
  • Education 

    1991 - J.D., Indiana University (Indianapolis); Associate Editor of the Indiana Law Review

    1987 - B.A., Indiana University (Bloomington)

  • Professional Activities and Memberships 
    • Indiana, Kentucky and American Bar Associations
  • Admissions 
    • Indiana
    • Kentucky
    • U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
    • U.S. Courts of Appeals, Sixth and Seventh Circuits
  • Civic Involvement 
    • Past Member Board of Directors of Blue Sky Kentucky, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Americana musical events in Louisville
    • Past President, and eight years service as Board member of Interfaith Community Council
    • Judge, Indiana State Fair banjo, fiddle and mandolin contests 1988-1990
  • Interests 

    Mr. Woodard plays traditional Irish music on the banjo, mandolin and bouzouki.