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Timothy O’Mara concentrates his practice in the area of employment law, including workers’ compensation, OSHA and EEOC matters. He leads the firm’s workers’ compensation group and regularly defends employers, insurance companies and self-insurance groups in claims before the Department of Workers’ Claims, Court of Appeals and Kentucky Supreme Court. Mr. O’Mara has experience in occupational disease claims, including claims of disability due to exposure to asbestos, coal-dust and industrial chemicals. 

Prior to joining Middleton Reutlinger, Mr. O’Mara was Assistant General Counsel for the Kentucky Department of Labor where he defended workers’ compensation claims and prosecuted contested OSHA citations. 

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, since 1995
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® in workers' compensation, 2007-2016
  • Louisville Magazine's Top Lawyers in workers' compensation, since 2012

Representative Matters

  • Paramount Foods v. Burkhardt, Ky., which set the standard for appellate review of workers’ compensation cases in Kentucky. 

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Professional & Community Activities

  • Workers’ Compensation Section of the Kentucky Bar Association, Member and Former Chair
  • Workers’ Compensation Board Advisory Committee, Former Member
  • Commissioner’s Advisory Committee for Comprehensive 24-Hour Managed Care, Former Member


  • Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky


University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, J.D., 1973

Spring Hill College, B.A., 1970

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