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Honors & Awards
Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from Transylvania University, 2017
The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2017 (Commercial Litigation, Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Trusts and Estates)
Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2007 - 2011, 2017
AV Rating by Martindale Hubbell
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1990
U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1990
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1993
University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, J.D., 1990
- Law Journal: Kentucky Law Journal, Associate Editor, 1989 - 1990
Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, B.A., 1987
- Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
- Major: History
From the time I started practicing law, I have enjoyed being able to work in a practice that afforded me the privilege of being able to offer a diverse array of services, in contrast to many of my colleagues who restricted their practice to very narrow channels. This has allowed me to develop a broader perspective than some others that has been proven useful, and it is something that I feel enhances the advice and counsel that I give. I continue to represent the interests of individuals and small businesses in a variety of different contexts, primarily in the general areas of litigation and administrative law.
Our firm’s lawyers understand keenly that, in order to deliver the quality of services our clients deserve, we have to make it a top priority to really know our clients and their businesses. We establish long lasting relationships with our clients and are proud to say that our clients continue to come back to us year after year, not only because of the swift response and personal attention from our experienced attorneys, but because we deliver quality counsel and results for reasonable fees across a wide range of legal matters.
We do not give counsel that is considered “one size fits all.” We are devoted to taking the time necessary to learn the operation of your business, the culture of your business, and the future plans for growth in your business. We understand that no two businesses are alike, and this is one of things that the McBrayer firm offers that separates us from the competitors. Our advice is customized, more relevant and more effective than any other firm in the Commonwealth.
- Alliance of Alcohol Industry Attorneys and Consultants (AAIAC), Member
- National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals (NALCP), Member
- Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation, Lexington, Kentucky, Former Board President
- Defense Research Institute, Governmental Liability Section, Member
- Fayette County Bar Admission, Civil Litigation Section
- Kentucky Bar Association, Civil Litigation and Mediation Sections
- Kentucky Guild of Brewers, Affiliate Member
- Lexington History Museum, Lexington, Kentucky, Chair, Board of Trustees
- Mediation Center of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, Former Board Chair
- Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
News & Insights
- April 29, 2017
- McBrayer is pleased to announce the newest resource for every segment of the hospitality industry: kyliquorlaw.com
- McBrayer's 2016 Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News, September 1, 2015
- McBrayer's 2015 Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News, September 1, 2014
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Owensboro, Kentucky, June 21, 2017
- Louisville, Kentucky, May 15, 2017
- Lexington, Kentucky, March 2, 2017
- Perspectives on Wage and Hour and Kentucky Employment Law UpdateLexington, KY, January 26, 2017
- Lexington, Kentucky, November 15, 2016
- Patchworks and Pitfalls: Server Training and State Laws and RegulationsNew Orleans, LA, October 5, 2016
- Lexington, KY, 9:00am - 4:30pm
- The Expanding NLRA: Recent Holdings and Guidance from the NLRBLexington, KY, November 5, 2015
- Thinking of starting a food truck? Get your questions answered at this event.Lexington, KY, October 21, 2015
- 2015 KBA ConventionLexington, KY, June 17, 2015
- An Inside Look at the Business of BourbonLouisville, KY, May 13, 2015
- Eat, Drink & Be Successful: Establishing smart partnership in the hospitality biz; Business Lexington, November 12, 2014
- Getting It "Write": A McBrayer Employment Law Seminar, Lexington, KYSeptember 28, 2014
- Annual Kentucky Law Update, Federal Court Updates, November 21, 2013
- Annual Kentucky Law Update, Federal Court Updates, October 9, 2013
- Annual Kentucky Law Update, Federal Court Updates, September 10, 2013
- Romance or Ruin: Musings on the Food Biz "Opening a Bar", Panel Member, Business Lexington, August 22, 2013
- Legal Issues for Restaurants, Bars and Hotels - A Critical Update, McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC, February 2013
- Employment Policies and Procedures: A Critical Legal Update for Employers, McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland Client Seminar, 2012, 2009
- Depositions A-Z, NBI, 2011, 2007
- Advanced Trial Tactics, MBI, 2010
- Annual Ethics CLE, Fayette County Bar Association, 2007
- Business Lexington, June 1, 2016
- The Year That Was Foreshadows the Year That Will BeLouisville Bar Association, January 1, 2016
- Mandatory Server/Clerk Training: Why You Should Embrace the Coming Change, National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals, January 14, 2015
- Foul on the Play: When Bullying in the Workplace is Real, Kentucky Chamber HR Update, February 2014
- Kentucky Continues to Modernize Alcohol Law with Passage of HB 100 and HB 183 April 28, 2017
- SB 11 Brings a Host of Changes to Kentucky Alcohol Law May 2, 2016
- Fudging a Five-Star Rating – Can It Hurt? March 8, 2016
- Lexington Approves Minimum Wage Ordinance November 19, 2015
- The Basics of Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws June 18, 2015
- Kentucky’s Microbreweries, Small Farm Wineries and Craft distilleries Are Growing by Leaps and Bounds, but is the Law Catching Up? April 15, 2015
- Stephen G. Amato - Attorney Biography
- Our Clients - Tony's
- Our Clients - Kentucky Eagle, Inc.
- Our Clients - Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge
Over the last several years, my administrative law practice has evolved to the point where we have the privilege to represent many participants in the alcoholic beverage industry across the state of Kentucky. We primarily represent the interests of alcoholic beverage suppliers, retailers, and distributors in connection with licensing, enforcement, and policy issues at the state, local, and national levels. This representation takes place in front of the various local ABC agencies, the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in Washington, D. C. We have developed extensive experience and knowledge into the law and public policy regarding alcoholic beverages, hotels, arenas and convention facilities, restaurants, food trucks, and more.
The types of clients we represent span the spectrum of the beverage alcohol industry, including manufacturers, importers, brokers, wholesalers, shippers, warehouses, suppliers, and common carriers. We also represent on- and off-premises retail alcohol licenses such as hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, stadiums, live entertainment venues, non-profit civic and charitable organizations, liquor stores, grocery stores, drug stores, caterers, and event facilities.
If you are contemplating opening a business in the hospitality industry, specifically selling or producing alcoholic beverages, you will need legal assistance from the onset. The manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages is a highly regulated activity.
My litigation practice remains diverse, with some specific focus and expertise in employment law, representing employers in state and federal courts and before state and local administrative agencies.. Employment-related issues with which I have particular experience include the enforcement of non-compete agreements, the investigation and defense of discrimination claims, and the negotiation and enforcement of severance agreements.
In addition, I have meaningful litigation experience in governmental entity defense, including specific experience in defending local governments, governmental agencies and government officials. Claims brought against those entities under both state and federal law include § 1983 claims, negligence claims, and state constitutional claims for alleged deliberate indifference to medical needs, excessive force, and employment.
Finally, I maintain a small and highly selective personal injury practice where I have been able to deliver significant value by being able to deliver hands-on focused attention to a limited number of claimants in difficult cases.