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Honors & Awards
- Best Lawyers' 2014 Lexington Administrative / Regulatory Law "Lawyer of the Year"
- The Best Lawyers in America, 2019 (Administrative/Regulatory Law, Gaming Law, Government Relations Practice, Healthcare Law, Litigation: Trusts and Estates)
- AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Delegate to NATO Conference, Germany, Belgium, France
- Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Administration, Morehead State University
- Inducted into Junior Achievement's Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame
- John F. Kennedy Award for Outstanding Young Democrat
- Majority Leader
- One of the Three Outstanding Young Men in Kentucky by Selected by the Kentucky Jaycees
- Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Louisville School of Law
- Speaker Pro Tempore
- The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2018 (Administrative / Regulatory Law, Commercial Litigation, Gaming Law, Government Relations Practice, Health Care Law, Litigation - Trusts and Estates)
- Inducted into Greenup County School District Hall of Fame in 2017
- Voted Outstanding Alumnus by Morehead Alumni Association
- Voted Outstanding Legislator in the Public Interest by the Capitol Press Corps.
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, LL.B., 1962
- Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa
- Honors: National Leadership Society
Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky, B.S., 1959
- Major: Business Administration
The world is full of good lawyers. However, not every good lawyer is good at resolving the problem. I am a problem solver and have created one of the most well-known and esteemed firms in the Commonwealth, comprises some of Kentucky's best problem solvers.
The McBrayer firm was established in February 1963 in my hometown of Greenup, Kentucky. It has since grown to the eighth largest firm in the Commonwealth, consisting of more than 55 attorneys practicing in virtually every area of the law with offices located in Lexington, Louisville, Greenup, Ashland and in the state capital of Frankfort.
In 1989, I was a founding fellow of the State Capitol Group, a seamless global network of more than 145 of the profession’s preeminent independent law firms. This organization presently includes law firms in each of the 50 state capitals and numerous U.S. commercial cities as well as 92 foreign jurisdictions, totaling more than 11,500 attorneys in over 300 cities around the globe. Represented are law firms from the United States, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific Rim. The State Capital Group allows member firm attorneys to obtain legal advice from multiple jurisdictions quickly, coordinate regional legal services effectively, reach decision-makers and elected officials in every state capital in the United States and throughout the world, and organize a multi-jurisdictional legal team while accessing local, experienced connections on a global level. The McBrayer firm is Kentucky's exclusive representative to the group.
Through my focused efforts within the State Capitol Group, we have created the largest and most successful government relations firm in the state, with nine full-time lobbyists dedicated to guiding clients through the Legislative and Executive Branch environment.
Our firm has become a strong landmark in Kentucky that many would not have had the opportunity to experience if I had not taken that one-person law firm from Greenup, Kentucky and changed the face of practicing law, all while adding invaluable history to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I am honored to work alongside great lawyers who work hard every day and are active in their churches, communities and families.
MORE THAN MCBRAYER
I have held numerous leadership positions in state government: I was an elected member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, serving in the leadership roles of House Speaker Pro Tempore and Majority Floor Leader during my tenure; and I also served as chief executive officer for a former governor. I have served as Chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party and have been an active member of the Democratic National Committee for more than 15 years.
The attorneys at McBrayer not only give financially, but also donate personal time to a multitude of civic and community organizations throughout the state of Kentucky. We have always had 100% volunteerism from our attorneys. It is the way this firm started and we have continued to this day to instill this philosophy in our attorneys. I have served in public service roles in numerous organizations, including Trustee on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, Chairman of Kentucky Education Television, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Commerce, Chairman of the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals, Board of Directors for The Salvation Army, Chairman of the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Chandler Medical Center Board and the Kentucky Council on Higher Education.
- American Association for Justice
- American Bar Association
- Boyd County Bar Association
- Department of Commerce, Commissioner
- Directed Transition Team for Administration of Governor Julian M. Carroll
- Economic Development Commission, Member
- Fayette County Bar Association, 1962 - Present
- Governor Julian M. Carroll, Chief Executive Officer
- Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman
- Greenup County Bar Association
- Greenup County, State Representative, 1966 - 1975
- Greenup Jaycees, Past President
- Greenup Lions Club, Past President
- House of Representatives, Member
- Kentucky Bar Association
- Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals, Chairman
- Kentucky Convention Center Advisory Board, Member
- Kentucky Convention Center Advisory Board, Member
- Kentucky Department of Commerce, Commissioner
- Kentucky Development Finance Authority, Member
- Kentucky Film Commission, Member
- Kentucky Housing Corporation, Member
- Kentucky Port and River Development Commission, Member
- Kentucky Supreme Court, Special Justice
- Labor-Management Advisory Council, Member
- State Capital Group, Past Chairman
News & Insights
- U.S. News Best Lawyers in America, August 15, 2018
- Morehead State University Announces Presidential Lecture Series in Government and Leadership named for Terry McBrayerMorehead State University Newsletter, March 30, 2018
- A Sea of Blue, December 1, 2017
- 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
- McBrayer's 2015 Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News, September 1, 2014
- W. Terry McBrayer - Attorney Biography
As founding member and lead lobbyist of MML&K Government Solutions, I revolutionized lobbying in Kentucky by creating a separate government relations section within the McBrayer firm built on a “team approach” to lobbying.
Our “team approach” advances the combined talents of a group of lobbyists – all under a common brand – to maximize government relations expertise for the client across all levels and branches of government. After the 1994 Congressional elections where a firm two-party structure dominated national politics, I recognized that this trend was trickling down and growing at the state level. The team approach capitalized on this trend by utilizing the talents of Democrat and Republican lobbyists backed by their unique and individually strong credentials.
Beyond the knowledge of the issues, effective lobbying requires immersion in the decision-making process. The lobbyists of MML&K Government Solutions have a keen awareness of the importance of proximity to decision makers. Nine full-time registered lobbyists are actively involved within governmental relations and the monitoring of the overall activities of the entire legislative and executive processes. We know the immeasurable value of gathering real-time intelligence, and we work hard to pursue the decision-making framework when structuring arguments and determining political strategy.
We continue to define ourselves as a firm whose sum is greater than the whole of its parts. One needs only to review our government relations team’s client roster to see the confirmation of this statement: 16 Fortune 500 clients trust our team with their Kentucky lobbying needs, as well as some of the most revered associations and institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth – many for over a decade.
While the issues involving government entities are often complex, the solution is simple. A winning government relations strategy begins and ends with this philosophy: knowing the people and understanding the process. I am honored that we have developed a strong network of experienced lobbyists equipped to navigate the complex bureaucracy of local, state, and federal governments. Our team brings history, experience, and results to Kentucky which can easily be seen through our winning government relations strategy.