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Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, (Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar), 2014-2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, "Lawyer of the Year", 2018, 2022 (Criminal Defense: General Practice)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, "Lawyer of the Year" (Criminal Defense: White-Collar)”, 2014, 2016, 2019, 2021, 2023
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2014-2016, 2018 (Criminal Defense)
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2019, 2021, 2022 (Civil Litigation: Defense)
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2023 (Civil Litigation: Plaintiff)
  • Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2022
  • A. M. Best Client Recommended, 2018 

  • Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorney Award, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2015


Kentucky, 1996

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1996

U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1996

U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1996

U.S. Supreme Court, 1999


University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, J.D., 1996

  • Honors: CALI award for Litigation Skills, 1996
  • Honors: Best Oral Argument
  • Honors: Legal and Research Writing Award 1994

Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, B.A., 1993

  • Major: History


As a litigator, David Guarnieri is no stranger to competition—and he fights to win. His Lexington, Kentucky, practice focuses on criminal defense, grand jury investigations, complex personal injury matters, and investigations conducted by state and federal regulatory and administrative agencies. The scope of his work, however, is not limited to these—in his over 25 years as a trial lawyer, David can count on one hand the types of issues he has not handled for his clients. Regardless of the matter at hand, David brings his knowledge, experience, and sound judgment to help his clients understand the scope of the legal problem and give them options and advice to reach the best outcome.

David approaches even the most daunting legal matters with a level head and even hand. He handles cases ranging from white collar criminal defense investigations and prosecutions to medical negligence and product liability claims to investigations conducted by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions, and other state and federal agencies. David’s practice covers a wide range of both business and personal issues in both state and federal settings.

In handling any matter, David prioritizes considering the issue from the client’s point of view. Though the facts and circumstances of a case are set in stone, a dedicated attorney like David will invest the time and effort to see the situation from the client’s perspective. With this approach, David can mold his advice according to the client’s unique needs, concerns, and goals. To David, success means finding a way to accomplish those goals in the most satisfactory way possible within a sound legal framework.

News & Insights

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Applying the Rules of Civil Procedure in Kentucky
    Using Motions to Enhance Your Case, Voir Dire/Jury Selection: Veteran Strategies
    Louisville, Kentucky, August 26, 2016
  • Louisville, KY, August 20, 2015
  • Annual Kentucky Law Update, Federal Court Updates, September 26, 2013
  • Presenter, Kentucky Supreme Court Review (Criminal Law), Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, June 21, 2013
  • Presenter, Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know, National Business Institute, November 28, 2012
  • Presenter, Employment Issues and Anti-Discrimination Laws, National Business Institute, 2000 - 2004
  • Adjunct Professor, Law Office Management Paralegal Studies Department, Midway College, 1998

Professional Activities

  • Kentucky State University, Board of Regents, 2010-2016
  • United States Magistrate Judge Selection Panel, Member, 2009
  • Federal Bar Association, Kentucky Chapter, Secretary, 2005.
  • Franklin County Bar Association, Secretary, 2002-2004
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2000-2006
  • United Way, Franklin County Board Member, 2000-2003
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1996-Present
  • Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Member, 1996-2006
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