Matthew A Stinnett

Matthew A. Stinnett

Mr. Stinnett's practice includes the litigation of a wide variety of complex business and commercial litigation matters, with special emphasis on commercial leasehold disputes, toxic tort liability, products liability, construction litigation, corporate governance disputes and trust and estate litigation. He represents clients in both state and federal court throughout Kentucky as well as serving as national and international counsel for a number of clients. He has served clients from major corporations to small businesses to family trusts. He has led the charge in a number of jury and bench trials and argued before the Kentucky Court of Appeals as well as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Education & Credentials


Transylvania University

B.A., 2002
  • William T. Young Scholar 

Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law

J.D., 2006
  • Northern Kentucky Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 2005-2006

Bar Admission

  • Kentucky


  • Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013-2017

Representative Clients

  • Speedway LLC
  • Wabash National Corporation
  • CBL Associates Management, Inc.
  • Tempur Sealy International, Inc.
  • Benteler Automotive Corporation
  • Philips Electronics North America Corporation
  • Bank of America
  • Dairy Farmers of America
  • Dixiana Farms
  • Chesapeake Energy
  • HCP, Inc.

Prominent Assignments

Mr. Stinnett's practice includes the litigation of a wide variety of complex business and commercial litigation matters, including those involving leasehold disputes, toxic tort, premises liability, products liability, corporate governance, trust and estate litigation, construction litigation and general business litigation.

Sample Decisions:

Other Decisions:

  • Successful trial verdict in commercial lease dispute for landlord, including defeating plaintiff's claims for fraud, tortious interference and class action allegations.
  • Obtained favorable trial result in Utah federal court regarding large tortious interference litigation concerning a complicated asset purchase.
  • Represented numerous clients in successful efforts to enforce non-compete and non-solicitation agreements in temporary injunction hearings in both state and federal court. 
  • Received summary judgment against claims of breach of fiduciary duty and undue influence in trust dispute.
  • Reached nuisance value settlement in wrongful death claim concerning an allegedly defective product.
  • Obtained defense verdicts in multiple trials of coal dust claims pending in federal court.
  • Participated in the representation of clients in large multidistrict litigation with claims of racketeering, tax fraud and securities fraud.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims against energy company in landmark nuisance claim associated with alleged release of radioactive chemicals.

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association 
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Leadership Lexington, Class of 2010

Community Involvement

  • Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Board of Directors
    • Vice President, 2009-2010
    • President, 2011-2012
  • Lexington Philharmonic, Board of Directors & Vice President of Strategic Planning
    • Finance Committee, 2012-2016
    • Collective Bargain Negotiating Committee, 2010-2013
    • Personnel Committee, 2017-2019

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Stock Yards Bank & Trust 2017 Estate & Tax Seminar: Trusts: From Good to Great (Louisville and Cincinnati, November 2017). 
  • Stock Yards Bank & Trust 2016 Estate & Tax Seminar: Issues and Trends in Trust & Estate Litigation (Louisville, November 2016).
  • "A Breath of Fresh Air: A Smoking Ban’s Legal Invasion of Property Rights," Lexington Fayette County Food & Beverage Ass’n v. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Gov’t, 32 N. Ky. L. R. 239 (2005).
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