Honors & Awards
- A. M. Best Client Recommended, 2018
Supreme Court, United States of America, 2012
U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2012
U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2007
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2007
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2007
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky, J.D., Cum Laude, 2004
University of Kentucky, B.S., Cum Laude, 1998
- Major: Business Administration
University of Kentucky, M.B.A., Cum Laude, 2000
To analyze and solve a legal problem, lawyers need to understand where the legal problem began and how best to get to the end of the problem as effectively and efficiently as possible. As a trial lawyer, I believe my strongest skill is working closely with my clients and others to craft specific and creative resolutions that shorten the life cycle of a problem.
I have worked in the legal, real estate development, insurance, small business and restaurant industries for well over two decades. I also have extensive experience with residential and commercial construction. My law practice primarily focuses on commercial, business, construction, guardianship, estate and general civil liability litigation. I also defend local and state law enforcement agencies in a myriad of lawsuits, including Section 1983 claims for alleged civil rights violations.
One of the main reasons I chose to become a lawyer is because I lost my older brother to muscular dystrophy. That difficult personal experience is why I have become immersed and knowledgeable in the fields of guardianship, conservatorship and estate litigation. I believe guardianship and estate litigation is a burgeoning area. Individuals suffering from both medical and mental health issues often find themselves and their families faced with complex and unfamiliar challenges, including the possibility of financial exploitation. I work diligently with my clients in this area to keep that from happening by crafting specific protections for them.
As a trial lawyer I am regularly in front of judges and juries in both Ohio and Kentucky state courts and various federal courts, including the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Ohio and the Eastern District of Kentucky, as well as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
One of the reasons I was drawn to the McBrayer law firm was because of its diverse areas of practice. I spent five years from 2007-2012 working as a trial attorney for Freund, Freeze & Arnold in Cincinnati, OH. My time there allowed me to establish many connections with the greater Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati region which I still call upon to this today.
When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling and playing golf. Also, I volunteer for several Kentucky/ Ohio organizations, including Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, the Northern Kentucky Bar Association, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
- Cincinnati Bar Association
- Kentucky Bar Association, Member
- Northern Kentucky Bar Association
- Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
- Ohio State Bar Association, Member
News & Insights
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- The Basics Land Use, Planning & Zoning, University of Kentucky CLE, Technological Presentation, September 2013
- Tort's Class (1L), Salmon P. Chase College of Law , 2012
After graduating from Chase College of Law, I garnered insurance claims and litigation experience working with a Gulf Coast catastrophe insurance service provider handling property damage claims associated with hurricanes. I have also handled Department of Insurance compliance issues in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Texas involving complex claim handling and complaint resolution.
Business & Construction
My family owns and operates a local Lexington restaurant, the JDI Grille & Tavern, located in downtown Lexington. The family business has allowed me to gain first-hand knowledge and experience the legal and management issues that directly affect small business owners. I believe that the ability to relate and sympathize with small business owners sets me apart from other lawyers. I go through the very same issues and struggles that my small business clients face. I truly understand what it is like to stay up late at night worrying about payroll, working through employment issues, dealing with the challenges of being an entrepreneur, and staying abreast of the employment laws, from policies and procedures to the new overtime regulations.