Since our foundation in 1963, the law firm of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC, has provided successful representation to businesses and professionals efficiently and effectively. With offices located in Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort and Greenup, Kentucky and Washington, D.C. we can handle cases that are far-reaching geographically. With attorneys who handle a wide range of practice areas, we can handle cases that straddle multiple areas of the law.
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Commercial & Business Litigation
Employment Law for Employers
Estate Planning & Administration
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November 2018: Peter Rosene has joined the intellectual property team at Kentucky member firm McBrayer. Mr. Rosene graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he served as editor in chief of the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture & Natural Resources Law. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Ernesto Scorsone of the Fayette Circuit Court. His practice will focus primarily on copyrights, trademarks and commercial litigation. Also at McBrayer, Trevor Nichols and Thomas “Neal” Morris have joined the firm in its Lexington office. Mr. Nichols will focus his practice on litigation, while Mr. Morris will concentrate on hospitality law, specifically alcoholic beverage regulation. Both are graduates of the University of Kentucky College of Law.
September 2018: Nineteen attorneys from Kentucky member firm McBrayer have been listed in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers® in America including, in the Lexington office, Stephen Amato, Jaron Blandford, Emily Cowles, James Frazier, III, Calvin Fulkerson, David Guarnieri, Mary Estes Haggin, Lisa English Hinkle, Douglas Logsdon, Robert Maclin, III, Terry McBrayer, Luke Morgan, Brent Rice, Christopher Shaughnessy, Terri Stallard and Jon Woodall; and in the Louisville office, Cynthia Effinger, Robert Watson and Jack Wheat. Best Lawyer® also ascribed Lawyer of the Year status in their respective markets to Stephen Amato, James Frazier, III, David Guarnieri and Cynthia Effinger.
August 2018: James “Jamie” McKiernan, III has joined the litigation team in Kentucky member firm McBrayer’s Louisville office. Following the completion of a clerkship in its office, Mr. McKiernan spent four years with the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, where he managed civil litigation cases. He has practiced in both state and federal court. Mr. McKiernan is a graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.
June 2018: Virginia “Ginny” Lawson has rejoined Kentucky member firm McBrayer as a member of the firm’s real estate practice. Ms. Lawson began her career as a REALTOR®, later becoming a lawyer. In addition to representing real estate brokers and their companies, she practices in the areas of creditor’s rights and professional liability defense, as well as estate settlement and probate. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Law. Also at McBrayer, Preston Worley has been named Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Fayette County Bar Association. The award honors a member of the FCBA who has practiced in Fayette County less than ten years and who has both admirably fulfilled his duties as an attorney and shown dedication to the improvement of the community.
April 2018: Morehead State University president Jay Morgan announced at a board of regents meeting March 29th the creation of the W. Terry McBrayer Presidential Lecture Series in Government and Leadership, honoring Kentucky member firm McBrayer McGinnis Leslie Kirkland name partner and SCG Legal past chairman Terry McBrayer. A 1959 graduate of Morehead State, Mr. McBrayer was elected to five terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives, serving as House speaker pro tempore and majority leader. He also chaired the Kentucky Democratic Party, having been elected to four consecutive terms as Democratic national committeeman from Kentucky and as a super delegate at the 2008 Democratic national convention.
March 2018: Steve Amato, Emily Cowles, Cindy Effinger, Jim Frazier, Calvin Fulkerson, Rob Maclin, and Jack Wheat of Kentucky member firm McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland have been named to the 2018 list of Super Lawyers®, an honor accorded only 5% of attorneys who practice in Kentucky. Not only has Emily Cowles been include on this list for more than five years, this year she is recognized as one of the top 50 attorneys in Kentucky, as well as one of the top 25 women lawyers. She has also recently been appointed by the Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court to a three-year term as an attorney member of the Kentucky Bar Association Inquiry Commission. Additionally, Brittany Roethemeier and Ross Ewing remain on the Super Lawyers® list of Rising Stars for 2018, where they are joined by Amber Knouff, who recently joined the firm and is this year making the list for the third time.
January 2018: Preston Clark Worley of Kentucky member firm McBrayer has been appointed by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, filling the unexpired term of Councilmember Jennifer Scutchfield. A graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, Mr. Worley focuses his practice on real estate, transactional, administrative law and litigation matters. His primary areas of concentration are land development, property management, real estate, affordable and multifamily housing, corporate and nonprofit governance, and alcoholic beverage control law.
December 2017: The following lawyers from Kentucky member firm McBrayer have been named to the 2018 list of Super Lawyers in their respective fields of practice: Steve Amato, Emily Cowles, Cindy Effinger, Jim Frazier, Calvin Fulkerson, Rob Maclin, and Jack Wheat. In addition, Emily Cowles has not only been named to the list for more than five years running, but she has also been recognized this year as one of the top 50 attorneys in Kentucky, as well as one of the Bluegrass State’s top 25 women lawyers. Additionally, Brittany Roethemeier and Ross Ewing remain on the list of Rising Stars for 2018, where they are newly joined by associate Amber Knouff, who joined the firm earlier this year.
November 2017: Elizabeth Barrera has joined the litigation team at Kentucky member firm McBrayer in the firm’s Lexington office. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a federal judicial clerk for the Eastern District of Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Ms. Barrera will focus her practice in the areas of business and corporate law, commercial and business litigation, employment litigation and estate and trust litigation.
September 2017: Twenty lawyers from Kentucky member firm McBrayer McGinnis Leslie & Kirkland have been named to the 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America®, three of whom also had “Lawyer of the Year” status conferred upon them. Only four percent of practicing attorneys achieve “Lawyer of the Year” status, which recognizes quality of practice, scope of expertise, and high peer ratings. Among those from the firm on the Best Lawyers list are Stephen Amato, Jaron Blandford, Emily Cowles, Cecil Dunn, Cynthia Effinger, James Frazier, III, Calvin Fulkerson, David Guarnieri, Mary Estes Haggin, Lisa English Hinkle, Douglas Logsdon, Robert Maclin, III, Terry McBrayer, Luke Morgan, Brent Rice, Christopher Shaughnessy, Terri Stallard, Robert Watson, Jack Wheat and Jon Woodall. In addition, “Lawyer of the Year” recognition was awarded to Stephen Amato, for litigation (trusts and estates); David Guarnieri, for criminal defense (general practice); and Mary Estes Haggin, for real estate law.
July 2017: Bill George has joined Kentucky member firm McBrayer McGinnis Leslie & Kirkland in the firm’s healthcare practice group. Mr. George began his legal career as a prosecutor at the Fayette County Attorney’s Office. After working in medical malpractice, he joined Frost Brown Todd, where he not only helped defend long-term care providers, but also provided critical assistance to national and international insurance carriers. In this role, Mr. George supported clients’ insurance regulatory and compliance operations, market conduct examinations, insurance product development and insolvency proceedings while coordinating and conducting regulatory and administrative hearings across the United States. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University Law School.
January 2017: Jason Morgan has been promoted to partner at Kentucky member firm McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland. Mr. Morgan joined the firm in 2012, after working as a trial attorney with Freund, Freeze & Arnold in Cincinnati. A key part of the firm’s litigation team, his practice focuses on general liability, construction, guardianship, estate, trust, and commercial litigation. Also at McBrayer, Jason Hollon has joined the firm’s litigation team, having previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Hanly A. Ingram, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Joining the firm’s corporate law tram is Lindsey Anderson, whose practice will focus on banking, lending and finance and commercial lending. Both Mr. Hollon and Ms. Anderson are graduates of the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Finally, Bethany Atkins Rice joins the firm in its estate planning group. She previously worked as assistant general counsel for the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, handling complex tax issues for the Cabinet’s department of revenue, both at the administrative level and in litigation before the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals (now the Kentucky Claims Commission), the circuit courts, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and the Kentucky Supreme Court.