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Preston C. Worley


Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2023-2024 (Land Use and Zoning Law)
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer®, Rising Star, 2019-2023 (Real Estate)
  • FCBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 2018
  • University of Kentucky - Joseph T. Burch Young Alumni Service Award Winner, 2018


Kentucky, 2010

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2010

U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2010

U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2010


University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, J.D., 2010

  • Vice President, Student Bar Association, 2008-2009
  • Student Government Supreme Court, Chief Justice 2009-2010
  • UK Trial Team, Member, helped lead the team to a 2nd in the nation ranking, 2008-2010
  • Kentucky Trial Tournament Best Advocate Award, 2008
  • CALI award for litigation skills, 2010

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 2007

  • Graduated with Honors in the History Department
  • Golden Key Honour Society 2004 - Present
  • DanceBlue, Corporate Relations Chairman
  • Major: History


As a real estate and development attorney, Preston Worley’s practice centers on making communities in Lexington, Kentucky, and beyond the best they can be. In his practice, he primarily focuses on real estate development, planning and zoning, single and multi-family housing, mixed use residential neighborhoods, and affordable housing developments. Preston represents lenders, investors, and developers in structuring and closing new construction, rehabilitation projects, and land/asset purchases and sales, as well as annexing, re-zoning, and subdividing property for development, helping his clients to make their ideas for projects a reality. Each matter he takes on for a client Preston sees as an opportunity to build communities that best serve their members in their day-to-day lives.

Another facet of Preston’s practice that contributes to his community-minded philosophy is his work with non-profit organizations, which he advises in areas such as corporate governance and community development. Preston also assists clients in Kentucky’s signature horse-racing industry, representing racetracks, racecourses, and parimutuel wagering associations as they navigate the complex and ever-changing world of gaming law. He is experienced in representing these entities before the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and in litigation including loss recovery act defense. 

One characteristic that drew Preston to practice law at McBrayer is the devotion and support from firm management regarding community service and philanthropic passions. In addition to his practice, Preston serves in the elected role of Councilmember for the 7th District of Lexington.  He considers it a great honor and pleasure to serve his constituents as he works with them to make Lexington the best place to live, work, and enjoy.

Preston also lends his time raising funds for families and children who are dealing with specific healthcare needs at the Kentucky Children's Hospital. During his undergraduate years at the University of Kentucky, he served as one of the early leaders for the University of Kentucky DanceBlue dance marathon, a year-long, student-run fundraiser which raises in excess of $1 million each year to support the kids of the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic, as well as research done at the Markey Cancer Center through The Golden Matrix Fund. For nearly a decade, he served as Chairman of the Golden Matrix Fund, participating in their mission to provide care, comfort, and support for children and their families. Preston continues to serve on the Executive Development Council of the Kentucky Children's Hospital.

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Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • UK CLE 14th Biennial Real Estate Law & Practice Institute
    Tips and Traps in Landlord/Tenant Law
    Lexington KY, April 2017


Professional Activities

  • Councilmember, 7th District, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, 2017-Present
  • Ellerslie at Delong Home Owners Association Board Member, 2017-2022
  • Coaches for the Kids, Inc., Board Member 2017-Present
  • Downtown Lexington Corporation, Board Member, 2012-2013
  • University of Kentucky Children's Hospital Executive Development Council, Member, 2012-Present
  • Golden Matrix Fund Advisory Council, Chair, 2012-2020
  • Commerce Lexington Leadership Lexington Program 2011-2012
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member, 2011-Present
  • Lexington History Museum, General Counsel, 2011-2018
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 2010-Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2010-Present
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