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Honors & Awards
The Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2019 (Litigation - Labor & Employment)
- A. M. Best Client Recommended, 2018
Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2019 (Employment & Labor)
AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1998
U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1998
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1998
U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, J.D., 1998
- Honors: Member, Moot Court Board
- Law Journal: Kentucky Law Journal, Associate Editor, 1997 - 1998
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, B.A., 1995
- Major: Government
It has been my privilege to serve the clients of McBrayer since 1998. Since that time, I have been a part of the positive growth of the McBrayer firm and the expanding practice area departments we have developed as we work to better serve all of our clients’ legal issues and needs. While our firm practices in virtually all areas of the law, my practice focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis in all areas of employment law and business litigation. I also have more than twenty years of experience handling criminal defense work and advising clients on matters involving regulatory compliance, whistleblower complaints, professional licensing and criminal investigations. I have advised clients regarding federal grand jury investigations, investigations by the FBI, ATF, DEA, FDA, the Office of the Attorney General, Office of Inspector General, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Secret Service, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Labor and many other state and federal agencies.
I started my career with McBrayer as a student attending the University of Kentucky College of Law. I am unique in that I started my legal career at the same firm where I currently practice. It has been a pleasure working for this firm for several years. One of the reasons I started with McBrayer and have always remained is the firm’s overriding philosophy of client service and success. This firm’s culture is one of a strong work ethic, providing responsiveness and results to our clients. We go the extra mile for all of our clients, and understand that resolving legal and business issues takes our constant time, attention and dedication. If you are my client – you will always have a way to contact me – any day and any time. You have my personal commitment that we will always provide prompt service, advice and timely solutions in your time of need.
MORE THAN MCBRAYER
One of my enjoyable experiences in our legal community was my participation as a key member of the planning committee that hosted the first Kentucky Federal Bench and Bar Conference. The conference was held in Lexington, Kentucky on May 13-14, 2013 to a crowd of 200-plus attendees. The conference hosted a number of top notch presenters, including United States District Court Judges, United State Magistrate Judges, a Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, a United States Bankruptcy Judge, former law school deans, law school professors, nationally known speakers and attorneys from around the region. I served as an Organizing Committee Member, assisting with the establishment of an American Inn of Court for the Central Kentucky region. The first association meeting was held on November 14, 2013. At this inaugural meeting of the Central Kentucky American Inn of Court, along with several McBrayer associates, the Chief Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and a handful of other attorneys from the region, I presented “Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me: Civility Matters” to colleagues from the entire Central Kentucky region. In addition, I serve as a member of the Employment Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute ("DRI"), an international organization of attorneys defending the interests of businesses and individuals in civil litigation. In cooperation with another Lexington lawyer, I authored the Kentucky chapter of the DRI Defense Library Series Employment Law, A State-by-State Compendium.
I am also the Kentucky representative for a national Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) carrier, for purposes of giving advice on avoiding employment claims.
- Business Executive Defense
- Business Owner Disputes
- Business Torts
- Civil Investigations
- Civil Rights
- Commercial and Business Litigation
- Contract and Partnership Disputes
- Corporate Investigations
- Criminal Defense
- Criminal Investigations
- Employee Benefits Law
- Employee Member Wrongdoing
- Employment Law for Employers
- Employment Litigation
- Government Investigations
- Human Resources and Policy Training
- Insurance Defense
- Municipal Liability
- Non-Compete Agreements
- Public Sector Liability
- Regulatory & Licensing Issues
- U.S. Department of Labor Investigations
- Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Delegate, 2006
- Federal Bar Association Kentucky Chapter, President, 2005 - 2007
- Defense Research Institute, Member, 2004 - Present
- Federal Bar Association Kentucky Chapter, Member, 2002 - Present
- Fayette County Bar Association, Member, 1998 - Present
News & Insights
- Attorneys from McBrayer law offices in Lexington and Louisville achieved a 2018 listing in U.S. News Best Lawyers in AmericaAugust 15, 2017
- McBrayer's 2016 Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News, September 1, 2015
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Cutting Loose: Issues in Firing and SeveranceLexington, KY, January 26, 2017
- Wage and Hour Update: Brace Yourselves, the New Overtime Regulations are ComingLexington, KY, November 5, 2015
- Lexington, KY, May 28, 2015
- Building Reputation ResilienceLexington, KY, March 17, 2015
- Getting It "Write": A McBrayer Employment Law Seminar, Louisville, KYSeptember 30, 2014
- Getting It "Write": A McBrayer Employment Law Seminar, Lexington, KYSeptember 28, 2014
- May 29, 2014
- Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me: Civility Matters, Central Kentucky American Inns of CourtNovember 14, 2013
- Hot Topics in Employment Law: Social Media, the Intersection of HIPAA and the NLRB; and Everyday Challenges, National Adult Day Care Association Annual ConventionOctober 10, 2013
- Employment Policies and Procedures: A Critical Legal Update for Employers, McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC, 2012, 2009
- Participated on a panel at the Federal Practice Seminar speaking on the topic "Practicing Civil Cases" sponsored by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and the Federal Bar Association - Kentucky ChapterMay 4, 2011
- Introduction to Practice Before the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Kentucky, Kentucky Chapter of the Federal Bar Association2009
- Avoid Mistakes: Hot Topics in Employment and Labor Law for 2009, Kentucky Association of Homes and Services for the Aging Annual Conference2009
- September 2013
- Impaired employees: Every employer has them! , HR the human resource, Oct-Nov 2010, Volume 3, Issue 5
- Kentucky Chapter of the DRI Defense Library Series Employment Law, A State-by-State Compendium, DRI, 2006
- ALERT – Federal Court Blocks Overtime Rule November 23, 2016
- DOL Quietly Moves to ‘All Liquidated Damages, All the Time’ Footing May 5, 2016
- Federal Contractors: Proposed Sick Leave Regulations May Leave You Feeling Sick March 9, 2016
- Another Facebook Case, Another Lesson Learned, cont. May 2, 2013
- Another Facebook Case, Another Lesson Learned April 29, 2013
- Employee Manuals – Updating is the Best Defense continued….. September 7, 2012
- Employee Manuals – Updating is the Best Defense September 5, 2012
- Jaron P. Blandford - Attorney Biography
- Employment Law - Keep Your Terminations from Being Terminal
Our litigation department is currently involved in a substantial amount of employment related work, including representing clients in state and federal court and before the EEOC and various Human Rights Commissions. I have represented a variety of clients in all state and federal administrative agencies, and in state and federal courts under the FMLA, ADEA, Title VII, and numerous state civil rights acts. We represent employers undergoing both United States and State Labor Department investigations. In addition, we regularly represent and advise business clients in preparation of employment policies, employment manuals and general personnel matters, including hiring and firing. I have extensive experience in initiating lawsuits on behalf of employers to enforce non-compete agreements and to protect against and recover for misappropriations of trade secrets. My clients maintain employees from as small as a handful to thousands, which has allowed me to see almost every potential issue an employer may face during the course of their business.
Educating our clients is part and parcel of our philosophy at McBrayer. Along with various other members of our employment law department, I routinely speak on employment issues and work directly with our clients on preventive strategies to avoid discrimination, retaliation and other employment claims. As a McBrayer client, you can always rely upon us for employment training of your managers, executive level staff and various other leadership staff members to educate your team on the proper policies and procedures that will help you as the employer potentially avoid litigation down the road. Also, we are committed to keeping our clients advised of the latest employment law trends through authorship on the McBrayer Employment Law Blog.
People who are under investigation by federal and state agencies for possible criminal violations often make the mistake of waiting too long before obtaining the services and advice of a defense attorney.
Individuals often think that the investigation will not result in action against them, or that by cooperating with the investigation, they can avert further legal entanglement. Individuals sometimes believe that they only need an attorney if or when an indictment comes. This can be a grave mistake – one that may be irreversible.
As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I am skilled at representing clients facing government investigations, whether as a target, subject or witness. I will advise you as to possible courses of action and how to respond to requests for information without compromising potential defense strategies.
Government investigations represent a serious threat to those subject to them. Properly handled, they provide an opportunity to resolve the problem in a favorable manner. If you have reason to believe that you or your company is the subject of a criminal investigation or may become the subject of an investigation, I can evaluate your situation and recommend the optimal legal strategy.
Business & Commercial Litigation
As an experienced trial attorney, I have wide-ranging and considerable experience in all aspects of litigation before both federal and state courts. In close coordination with the other practice areas of the firm, I handle a vast array of contested matters on behalf of large, medium and small businesses and individuals throughout the Commonwealth.
I work closely with my clients to identify their goals and map a strategy to achieve their defined objectives. Sometimes that strategy will involve litigating a vital business or personal interest. Other times, the right strategy will be to negotiate, to mediate or to arbitrate. After carefully researching and identifying key issues, I provide candid dispute assessments and risk/benefit analyses that are critical to pursuing the right strategy for the client.
The key to success in all settings is my careful and tireless preparation, and effective presentation of my client’s position. I employ advanced electronic research methodologies, together with cutting-edge information management tools, for efficient and cost-effective pre-trial investigation, case management and discovery. Information is developed and presented using the latest trial knowledge and technology in order to deliver a powerful and persuasive presentation for my clients.
My experience in handling complex litigation matters related to all types of business disputes includes:
- Shareholder Disputes
- Trade Secrets
- Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements
- Business Torts
- Contract Disputes
- Corporate Finance