Lynn Sowards Zellen

I was drawn to litigation by the challenge of applying the law in unique circumstances to best achieve my clients’ goals.

Practical Experience

Defending in civil rights actions. Successfully defended state and local entities and government officials in federal and state courts in civil rights and tort actions, including claims for wrongful death and denial of medical treatment.

Untangling employment law. Obtained favorable results for employers in numerous administrative proceedings and advised clients regarding rights and obligations under federal and state statutes, including Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, and FLSA.

Pursuing justice. Represented families of victims in litigation arising out of the crash of Comair Flight 5191.

Navigating election law. Represented Kentucky Secretary of State and State Board of Elections in First Amendment challenges to election statutes in federal and state courts, resulting in numerous favorable decisions.

Law Clerk to the Hon. Jennifer B. Coffman (United States District Judge, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky) and the Hon. Robert E. Wier (United States Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Kentucky)

Proven Expertise


JD, Washington University in St. Louis, 2005, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
BA, English, Centre College, 2002, cum laude


Admitted to Practice

U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court



Ethics Panel “Business Situation Case Studies”, 2018 Kinkead and Stilz Ethics and Tax Conferences panelist
Legal Ethics for Employers, 2018 Kinkead and Stilz Ethics and Tax Conference, presenter and co-author
Employment Law for County Attorneys, 2017 Kentucky County Attorneys Association Winter Meeting co-author and presenter
Your Vote in Action: The Evolution of Kentucky Election Law, September/October 2016 Kentucky Bench & Bar Magazine, co-author
Beyond Zubulake: Are the Risks of Sanctions Worth It When Dealing with E-Discovery Issues? 2009 Kentucky Bar Association Convention, panelist and co-author
Handling Difficult Clients: Preparing Clients for Mediation, July 2009 FCBA Women Lawyers’ Association CLE, organizer and author


Professional Background

Kentucky Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association