Honors & Awards
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
Chambers USA 2005 - 2018 as a leading lawyer in Kentucky in litigation: tort and insurance
Kentucky Super Lawyers® 2007 - 2023 in Professional Liability: Defense, Schools & Education, Business Litigation
Top 10: 2015 and 2016 Kentucky Super Lawyers
Top 50: 2012 - 2016 Kentucky Super Lawyers
Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation; Education Law, Personal Injury Litigation -
Defendants; and Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, 2011 - 2020
2019 Louisville Lawyer of the Year, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
2020 Louisville Lawyer of the Year, Education Law
Louisville Magazine's Top Lawyers in insurance law, personal injury defense and professional
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Military Appeals
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, J.D., 1980
University of Kentucky, 1977
- B.S. Accounting
As a malpractice and professional liability defense attorney, Mark Fenzel’s goals for his clients are twofold: to help them get good results, even in tough situations, and to help rebuild confidence in them after experiencing those tough situations. Mark assists his clients with lawsuits, administrative hearings, mediations, and transactions in professional liability matters as well as in commercial and business litigation, education law, insurance defense, and business disputes.
Mark also represents a number of local and regional businesses. His strong accounting background assists him in providing advice on a wide range of issues including acquisitions, mergers, and succession planning. Recently, he was involved in the sale of 100-year-old family business, the negotiation of complex easements and property division, and the lease/purchase of commercial real estate.
He helps his clients in all areas of his practice by identifying and prioritizing issues from even the most complex cases in order to reach the most favorable outcome available. Mark’s knowledge and experience give him a distinct approach to the law—his degree in accounting allows him to think analytically while crunching the numbers, and his military background as a member of the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps infuses discipline, tact, and diplomacy into all his work.
With more than four decades of legal experience, a great deal of which have been spent in the courtroom, Mark still seeks every day to improve his skills and abilities to become a better and better advocate for his clients. He has defended a number of insurance companies and self-insured corporations and in claims brought against attorneys, accountants, and other professionals. He has represented over 30 separate School Boards (or their school personnel) in Title Nine, personal injury, special education and other claims. Several of these cases resulted in important state and federal court opinions, including the Kentucky Supreme Court and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mark obtained summary judgment for a CPA firm in a 40-million-dollar malpractice case, later having the Kentucky Supreme Court affirm the ruling. His experience also extends to representing clients in jury trials, including those involving civil rights, personal injury, defamation, and malicious prosecution. Mark’s clients appreciate that he consistently provides quick feedback, a listening ear, and an ability to lift their spirits in challenging moments.
An involved member of the Louisville community, Mark has held a variety of leadership roles. He has served as Board Member and President of Community Employment, Inc., President of the University of Louisville Alumni Council, and is involved with the Veterans Hospice Program. He has also served as President of the Louisville Bar Foundation, which provides grant funding to community organizations.