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Honors & Awards
- The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013-2021 (Litigation - Real Estate, Real Estate Law, Utilities Law)
- BV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1978
University of Louisville School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky, J.D., 1978
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, B.G.S., 1975
- Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa
- Honors: National Leadership Society
McBrayer has delivered quality, value and successful outcomes since 1963. We provide solid solutions and powerful advocacy for complex legal problems. More importantly, we handle these matters efficiently and effectively. Our clients are consistently impressed with our immediacy in dealing with the substance of their legal issues, not to mention our positive results.
With law offices in Lexington and Louisville, and a government relations practice in Frankfort, we serve businesses and professionals statewide in Kentucky and in surrounding states. Our long list of notable cases demonstrates our ability to succeed in even the most challenging cases.
Business never stops, so we never close. We understand that urgent legal issues can crop up at any time. Our team responds with prompt service and timely solutions when our clients need us.
My practice focuses in telecommunications law and real estate development. Since 1978, I have developed a strong and well-respected practice known throughout the Commonwealth. Clients seek out my legal representation because of my well-known reputation for making deals, getting approvals and following through all the way to completion.
At McBrayer, we have many partners and associates involved in various civic boards and political causes. I think as attorneys we have to be involved in the community and give something back. It cannot be a one-way street. I have served in numerous public service roles, including pro bono representation of various non-profit entities as well as serving as Co-Chairman of the Capital Campaign for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. In 2011, I served as Chairman of the Rupp Arena Arts & Entertainment District Task Force, established to create a plan for the city’s future by the development of 47 acres of public property around the Lexington Center. From 2013-2018, I served as Chairman of the Lexington Center Corporation, an agency of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government responsible for management and operations of Rupp Arena, the Lexington Center, and the Lexington Opera House. During this tenure, I lead the initial planning and design of the $300,000,000 Lexington Convention Center Project and renovation of Rupp Arena.
News & Insights
- August 20, 2020
- U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in America, September 4, 2019
- December 19, 2018
- Attorneys from McBrayer law offices in Lexington and Louisville achieved a 2018 listing in U.S. News Best Lawyers in AmericaAugust 15, 2017
- The Lane Report, April 7, 2017
- Lexington Center Corporation Board, headed by McBrayer attorney Brent Rice, honored at Commerce Lexington eventJanuary 27, 2017
- ukathletics.com, December 2016
- W. Brent Rice - Attorney Biography
For more than twenty years, I have developed the firm's telecommunications group into one of the largest practices of its kind in Kentucky. I practice in virtually every aspect of communications law, including regulatory, transactional, legislative, wireless infrastructure, and land use. I have guided three Federal Communications Commission licensed wireless carriers in their initial build-outs and expansion of their networks throughout Kentucky. My group has obtained approvals before the Kentucky Public Service Commission and numerous local planning commissions for well over 2000 site locations. I have appeared before numerous legislative committees on behalf of wireless clients, and helped shape crucial statutory provisions and regulations relating to site locating and construction of telecommunications facilities.
By staying on the cutting edge of this unique industry and the specialized laws that govern it throughout my career, I have served the needs of most of the major wireless service carriers, including Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA, Inc., Cricket Wireless, and wireless infrastructure companies Crown Castle USA and Tower Access Group, LLC. I take pride in McBrayer being the go-to law firm in this ever-changing area of the law.
Real Estate Development
I have extensive experience in real estate development and finance, having served regional and national developers for well over 30 years. Additionally, my expertise comes from my own experience as a private developer of numerous commercial, multi-family and student housing projects in Kentucky. Through my affiliated companies, including Rice Realty Company, I developed Spring House Community and the award-winning student housing project Grand Campus Community at Eastern Kentucky University, and I represented and participated in the development of the nationally-acclaimed 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky.
Clients seek me out because of my well-known reputation for making deals, getting approvals and following through all the way to completion. I tailor my services to meet clients' goals, not vice versa. I have experience addressing all facets of real estate development, including:
- Negotiation of land acquisition
- Title examinations and due diligence
- Site plans and infrastructure planning
- Tax increment financing for rehabilitated properties
- Planning and zoning approvals
- Construction contracts
- Real estate financing
- Formation of ownership entities
- Land contracts and leases
Over the course of my legal career, I have cultivated relationships with banks and private equity lenders, building contractors, design professionals and elected officials at the local, state and federal levels. I regularly partner with national companies that need our firm’s credibility and connections to obtain approvals from local government bodies.
- Kentucky Bar Association, Member 1978-Present
- Fayette County Bar Association, Member, 1978-Present