Honors & Awards
The Best Lawyers in America®, 2023 (Health Care Law)
Kentucky Bar Association, 1993
Louisville Bar Association, 1993
Indiana Bar Association, 1997
Kentucky Eastern and Western Districts, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
Indiana Northern and Southern District Admissions, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
US Supreme Court
- University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, 1993
- University of Kentucky, English major, 1988.
- Twenty seven hours of post-graduate study at UofL in English literature and writing
I am a trial lawyer. I investigate, research, advocate in Court, and try cases in the state and federal Courts of Kentucky and Indiana. For the past 23 years, the main focus of my practice has been the litigation of claims brought against physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers in Kentucky. These claims include medical professional liability claims, wrongful death, nursing and hospital staff liability, negligent credentialing of physicians, issues arising from physician membership on a medical staff, and complaints filed against physicians with the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.
I also have litigated sexual harassment and wrongful termination claims in the field of employment law and, in the field of estates and trusts, claims involving alleged misuse of a power of attorney and claims of undue influence and fraud in the execution of a will.
Cases in litigation always involve an issue that is emotionally important to the people involved. I approach every person in litigation with respect, but I am never blinded by the emotional aspect of a claim. I am interested in the facts – what people saw, what they heard, what they said and what they did.
More than McBrayer
Outside of law, my academic interests are in biological sciences and generational financial planning, because these subjects help guide decisions in my own life. The tools of financial planning in particular have helped me to educate my children, provide for retirement, and hopefully will allow me to contribute to the long-term financial security of my family.
Outside of work, I enjoy skiing, hiking and horseback riding, and I exercise and occasionally ride bicycles for routine fitness.
How I’m Different
I believe all people are called to use their talents to contribute to the good in the world. Practicing law is about helping people. In my work with hospitals and healthcare professionals, I am driven by a complete respect for the sacrifices that are required of healthcare professionals, and I have a deep admiration for those who are called upon to help the sick, the injured and the elderly. My contribution is to be an advocate for the healthcare professional; to defend their reputations and their resources, and to help interface between the healthcare provider and the many branches of government to which it must answer.
Whether in healthcare, estates and trusts, or another subject of litigation, I can contribute by advocating the rights of my clients in a courtroom setting. I find value in supporting a legal framework in which businesses, families and individuals can succeed.
I want my clients to have the peace of mind that comes from knowing their attorney cares about them, understands their case no matter how complex, and has the skills to translate this complex information such that a jury also will understand the facts and care about my client. In every case, I learn the facts that are important to the outcome, and it is my goal to learn nothing at trial, because I know exactly what to expect before my client’s case gets to trial.
I also want potential clients to know that I am deeply interested in protecting their reputations and achieving their goals. I am always prepared for the task to be accomplished, and I am thorough in my work. In Court, I fight false premises and combat emotional decision-making with reason, with facts, and with leadership.
I started at McBrayer after having been a trial attorney for twenty-seven years; my entire career has revolved around the courtroom. I have litigated cases for both Plaintiffs and Defendants, but for many years my focus has been on defending healthcare providers and businesses from claims brought against them. My career as a healthcare attorney has allowed me the opportunity to present the testimony of Professors of Medicine and Surgery from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, University of Alabama Birmingham, Stanford, Georgetown, Columbia and many other institutions. Litigation has been a constant education.
Additional Practice Experience
Kentucky Hospital Association, Defense Resource Initiative
Kentucky Society for Healthcare Risk Managers
American Health Lawyers Association
Kentucky Bar Association 1993.
Louisville Bar Association 1993.
Indiana Bar Association 1997.
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