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Samples of Our Work

Take a look at the following charts to find samples of some of our past work. If you are looking for more examples or a sample pertaining to any other subject matter, feel free to contact us to see if we have what you are looking for.

Breach of Contract

Competency to Contract

Issues: (a) evidence necessary to establish that a party lacked capacity to sign a release, (b) evidence necessary to prove fraud, (c) waiver of suretyship defenses in a guaranty of bank debt and contribution among co-guarantors, (d) ratification of agreement originally executed by a party with diminished capacity.

Contract Interpretation

                                        

Issues: (a) use of parol evidence to show amendment, mutual mistake, waiver, estoppel, or fraud, (b) use of parol evidence to establish ambiguity.

Issues: (a) the enforceability of an absolute, unconditional guaranty, (b) what constitutes a required counterclaim, (c) effect of a lender’s failure to follow regulations on enforceability of guaranty, (d) does the implied duty of good faith require a lender to deviate from the express terms of loan documents.

Issues:(a) enforcement of stock redemption agreement, (b) implied duty of good faith, (c) statute of limitations for fraud claims, (d) prediction of future conduct cannot be fraud, (e) alleged oral misrepresentation as contradicted by writing, (f) required mutuality in contracts, (g) authority of corporate agents.

Adequacy of Consideration

Issues: (a) contract required consideration, (b) Kentucky presumption that an executed contract is supported by legal consideration, (c) mutuality of obligation, (d) promise for benefit received, (e) pensions and severance agreements form a special class of cases.

Duty of Good Faith

Issues: (a) contractual waiver of claims, (b) bad faith or lack thereof as a matter of law, (c) gross negligence or lack thereof as a matter of law, (d) burden of proof of bad faith or negligence.

Corporations and Limited Liability Companies

Piercing the Corporate Veil

Issues: (a) Kentucky law requires owner misconduct and causal connect between misconduct and the loss before the corporate veil can be pierced, (b) holding of White v. Winchester Land, (c) extraordinary circumstances must exist to justify veil piercing.

Officer Liability

                                        

Issues: (a) complaint must show legal entitlement to relief to survive Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss, (b) Owners, officers and directors of corporation are not personally liable for actions taken on behalf of corporation, (c) plaintiffs must plead a theory of liability that would allow the veil to be pierced in their complaint.

Insurance Coverage

Duty of Insurers to Pay for Independent Counsel

Issues: (a) insurance companies are required to pay for independent counsel chosen by insured, (b) Kentucky law on subject, (c) majority rule on subject, (d) independent counsel is in best interest of insured and insurance company

Insurance Coverage – General

                                        

Issues: (a) duty to indemnify and duty to defend, (b) duty to provide coverage, (c) duty to pay independent counsel, (d) interrelated alleged wrongful acts

Issues: (a) reformation of a contract by claiming mutual mistake, (b) bad faith failure to settle, (c) unfair claims settlement practices

Policy Cancellation/Disability Premium Waiver

Issues: (a) termination of policy without notice or grounds, (b) claim for determination of disability, (c) unfair claims settlement practices

Litigation

Limits to Discovery

Issues:  (a) waiver of standing, (b) significant harm to appellants because of their duties to company, (c) close relationship of officers assures they will be effective proponents of rights of company

Abuse of Discovery

                                        

Issues:  (a) discovery abuses, (b) motion for default, dismissal or sanctions, (c) attempts to conceal evidence, (d) failure to disclose damages, (e) making false statements while under oath, (f) repeated failures to answer discovery requests, (g) court’s authority to dismiss and/or order sanctions
(Appendix to IV.B.1 is a more complete explanation of discovery abuses)

Issues: (a) further rebuttal of discovery abuses, (b) continued failure to answer discovery requests


Issues: (a) relevance of information, (b) factual statements made in affidavits, (c) allegations of false or misleading statements

Issues: (a) unreasonable and vexatious conduct of opposing counsel, (b) motion for costs and fees, (c) requirements of 28 U.S.C.§1927

Issues: (a) claims that witnesses were unreliable, (b) false claims of failure to timely produce evidence, (c) how to determine what evidence is “material”

Issues: (a) requirements of the competition in contracting act, (b) delivery orders are not contracts, (c) whether statements are misleading or not

Limits on Amendments to Complaint

Issues: (a) proposed amendments neither add nor subtract claims, (b) addition of new allegations of fact do nothing to clarify case, instead only increase discovery cost, (c) legal standard of amendments to complaints

Jurisdiction

Issues: (a) specific personal jurisdiction of District Court of KY, (b) cause of action arises from conduct enumerated in KRS 454.210, (c) Exercise of jurisdictional rights does not deprive defendant of federal due process rights, (d) appropriateness of KY jurisdiction, (e) policy considerations supporting jurisdiction in KY, (f) convenience of forum

Conduct of Trials

Issues: (a) error in denying directed verdict motion, (b) mental competency to sign contracts, (c) error in allowing recovery on claim in excess of amount paid to settle claims, (d) suretyship defenses, (e) application of KRS 412.080, (f) dispute regarding settlement agreement

Issues: (a) jurisdiction of court, (b) trial court’s instruction regarding proper jury instructions, (c) insurance coverage exclusions, (d) bifurcation of insurance issues

Motions to Set Aside Verdicts

Issues:  (a) mental competency, (b) errors of lower court in denying directed verdicts, (c) errors of lower court in allowing recovery on claim in excess of amount paid to settle claims, (d) economic reality and suretyship, (e) fraud and lower court treatment of fraud

Issues: (a) authority of court to reopen judgment under CR 55.02 and 60.02, (b) court’s inherent equity authority to reopen judgment, (c) proper exercise of court’s equity authority

Expert Witnesses – Daubert

Issues:  (a) uncertain, contingent and speculative damages cannot be recovered under KY law, (b) use of unreliable data for expert analysis, (c) duty of expert to verify data he is provided, (d) expert ignores contrary facts, (e) fundamentally flawed methodology, (f) burden of proof in recovering lost profits damages

UCC and Secured Lending Issues

                                        

Issues: (a) difference between ownership and security interest, (b) subordination of multiple security interests in piece of collateral, (c) right to possession of collateral, (d) burden of proof in conversion claims, (e) tortious interference, (f) perfection of security interests

Issues: (a) transfer of ownership, (b) properly perfected security interests, (c) claiming depreciation of assets, (d) good faith transfer of assets

Issues: (a) good faith lending practices, (b) USDA lending regulations, (c) enforceable guaranties, (d) pre- and post-judgment interest, (e) court’s discretionary powers

Fraud and Breach of Fiduciary Duty
                                        

Issues: (a) fraud, (b) breach of fiduciary duty, (c) at-will employment, (d) oral agreements, (e) failure to disclose fraud, (f) defamation

Issues: (a) breach of fiduciary duty, (b) termination of party’s rights as a remedy, (c) quantum meruit, (d) joint venture agreement, (e) fraud, (f) failure to disclose

Business Valuations

                                        


Issues: (a) dissenters’ rights, (b) net-asset valuation method, (c) value of a business should be determined independently of any concern to deter misconduct, (d) use of marketability discounts at the corporate level, (e) valuation starting points

Real Estate

Adverse Possession

Issues: (a) requirements for adverse possession, (b) adverse possession requires hostility, (c) in KY law, occupation of land by permission cannot ripen into adverse possession

Trespass

                                        

Issues: (a) trespass, (b) value of property, (c) expert witness testimony, (d) standing to bring lawsuit, (e) statute of limitations in KRS 413.120, (f) equitable power of the court to bring a permanent injunction

Partition of Jointly Owned Property

Issues: (a) valuation of jointly owned property, (b) loan obligations held by one party but secured by jointly owned property, (c) jointly owned property that cannot be divided without materially impairing value must be sold, by KY statute, (d) proper matter of disposition of assets

Regulatory “Takings”

Issues: (a) Rooker/Feldman doctrine, (b) Williamson requirements for ripeness, (c) res judicata, (d) Eleventh Amendment

Legal Malpractice Defense/Divorce

                                        


Issues: (a) elements of legal malpractice, (b) valuation of marital assets, (c) disagreements about trial tactics cannot create a viable malpractice action, (d) negligence, (e) statute of limitations

Issues: (a) elements of malpractice, (b) attorney negligence in selection/supervision of expert witnesses, (c) valuation of assets, (d) determination of material issues of fact, (e) proximate cause, (f) damages caused/not caused by alleged malpractice