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 Combs is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP’s Lexington, KY office. Her primary areas of practice are school law, civil rights, and insurance litigation.

Ms. Combs has considerable experience representing school boards throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky in matters ranging from employment conflicts to student disciplinary matters, special education, civil rights, and contract negotiation and drafting. In her role as board attorney, Tia has provided essential guidance to school districts, administrators, and staff on the legal issues that arise on a daily basis.  She is well-versed in the unique legal landscape which Kentucky schools must navigate, and she is extremely responsive to the often time-sensitive needs of school districts.

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Bar Admissions


Kentucky Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky

U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

Publications & Engagements
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • National School Boards Association Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Kentucky Council of School Board Attorneys
  • National School Boards’ Association Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel
Client Successes
Awards and Recognition

  • 2023 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)