University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana, B.A. Philosophy and Political Science, 1995
I am a business counselor and litigator with experience in the areas of intellectual property, trade secrets and employment, governance and shareholder issues, risk management, and product liability. The most exciting part of my job is immersing myself in clients’ businesses, learning what they do and what issues impact them the most, and finding legal solutions to business problems (and vice versa)—both known and unknown. This is especially true in the areas of intellectual property and technology, where the laws written frequently do not align with the reality of our times. The laws can’t keep up with technology, so my job is to understand where we are and where we are going and anticipate best business and legal practices to avoid exposure and ensure success.
MORE THAN MCBRAYER
I am currently in my second term on the board of directors of Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana, a cancer support organization. This organization is very important to me because my mother had cancer and Gilda’s Club was the best support system we could have ever found for her—and it is free of charge. My wife and family are also actively involved in the Norton Children’s Foundation here in Louisville, which provides excellent medical care to children from our region while providing needed support for family members. I have previously served on the board of directors of One Southern Indiana, Southern Indiana’s Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization. I am also a member of Leadership Louisville and Leadership Southern Indiana.
HOW I’M DIFFERENT
I always approach legal issues from the perspective of the person or company I am helping. Not only do I represent my clients to the best of my ability, I am also a personal fan of them and their businesses. I have a vested interest in their success and prosperity.
I understand that, from my clients' perspectives, a legal win isn’t always a business win. Likewise, I understand that the quick business solution to legal disputes may cause unintended and harmful legal consequences in the future. Regardless of the issue, I first understand my clients' businesses and goals, taking into consideration a wide variety of factors that frequently have nothing to do with the law. I work to counsel clients through options and solutions - legal and otherwise - that best achieve those goals. If we need to fight to win, I’m ready, willing, and able. But because fighting to win isn't always the best option, I am equally prepared to resolve complicated matters in a creative and advantageous manner.
I came to McBrayer from a larger regional law firm, and the practice of law was a second career for me. In my experience at that firm I represented clients from coast to coast in cases involving some of the country’s most recognizable companies. That experience confirmed my belief that you do not have to live on the coasts or work at the largest firms to deal with important and sophisticated issues that matter to companies and the people behind those companies. The same intellectual property, employment, and risk management issues that impact the most profitable corporations in America also impact smaller companies with more to lose.
Fresh out of college and while attending law school at night, I worked in public service for a Member of Congress. Day in and day out, that experience reminded me that the most important skills for understanding a problem are listening to people, having an open mind on issues, and learning what I don’t know. Knowing what I don’t know and having the curiosity and skills to learn have served my legal career very well.
- Indiana Bar Association, 2005
- Kentucky Bar Association, 2006
- Louisville Bar Association, 2006
- Virginia Bar Association, 2019