Founded in 1900 and based in Louisville, Kentucky, the Louisville Bar Association (LBA) is a voluntary bar organization operating under the supervision of Kentucky’s Supreme Court. The LBA’s rich history of serving legal professionals and the public continues today by offering education and development programs in Jefferson County and throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

The LBA’s diverse membership includes attorneys in both public and private sectors who practice criminal law, civil and commercial litigation, administrative law, family, immigration, business and corporate, insurance defense, medical malpractice, real estate, trust and estates, probate, maritime, international law, arbitration, personal injury, land use and zoning law, among other areas.

In 2010, the LBA adopted the motto “Pride in the profession. Service to the community.” — capturing the essence of its mission to inform, educate and empower all members of the legal community in Kentuckiana.

The LBA is not a state agency. The association's programs and activities are supported by member dues, seminar fees, publications revenue, commissions on client referral and placement services, grant funding and other self generated revenue.


Mission: Promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public access to the judicial system; provide law-related services to the community; and serve our members.


Motto: Law. Community. Education.


Quick Facts:
  • Founded in 1900
  • Founding president: James S. Pirtle
  • Current president: Kate Lacy Crosby
  • Nearly 2,300 current members
  • Among the 40 largest local bar associations in the country
  • Approximately 90 CLE seminars each year
  • More than 20 practice sections
  • More than 20,000 legal referrals each year