Tia J. Combs


Lexington, KY | Indianapolis, IN
D 859.410.7854


  • J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, cum laude
  • B.A., A.A., Thomas More College, summa cum laude

Tia J. Combs is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP’s Lexington, KY and Indianapolis, IN offices and is Chair of the firm's Government Law national practice section. Tia is also Chair of the firm's Education national practice team. She practices primarily in employment law, school law, and professional liability law.

Tia helps public and private employers in matters involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and related state laws. She also provides essential guidance to employers navigating these matters in the workplace.

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Bar Admissions



U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky

Publications & Engagements
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel
Client Successes
Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

  • 2023-2024 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel’s “Young Lawyer of the Year” (2017)
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers as “Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Star” (2015-2021)
Classes/Seminars Taught
  • “Defending Federal and State Education Law Claims and Cases Based on Allegations of Sexual Assault or Sexual Harassment” (2023)