Lexington’s diverse legal community is growing as it helps clients cope with the economic changes and impacts associated with COVID-19. Central Kentucky law firms continue to be busy with new hires on the way to help handle the increased workload, and sector executives don’t expect the pace to slow down any time soon.
The McBrayer firm’s Lexington office has hired five new attorneys this year, bringing its total to 37. Lexington attorney Lisa English Hinkle said the firm has been busy helping clients. health care industry to recover from problems caused by the pandemic such as understaffing and growing. state laws, rules and regulations while helping equine buyers navigate the changes brought about by the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s measures.
The industry is also growing with diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. McBrayer has joined the 2022-2023 Midsize Mansfield Rule Cohort, an 18-month program that provides strategies to increase the representation of diverse lawyers in the firm’s image and leadership. The firm also partnered with the University of Kentucky College of Law on a program that supports an underrepresented first-year law student in an immersive outreach experience, hoping to These students consider working full-time in the industry. on graduation.
Cassidy R. Rosenthal, a managing partner in Stites & Harbison’s Lexington office, said the firm’s health care lawyers have been very busy over the past two years, and lawyers have also been busy working on construction and real estate contracts, commercial finance and construction litigation. Additionally, the number of estate planning clients has increased over the past year.
“It’s amazing, the dynamics of the economy and inflation didn’t affect things,” Rosenthal said.
As a result, Stites has added additional attorneys across all of these areas to keep up with demand. There are currently 67 employees in Lexington and seven employees in Frankfort.
At Dentons Bingham Greenebaum’s Lexington office, Managing Partner Kimberly O’Donnell reports on an increasing number of ESG (environmental, social and governance) cases and mergers and acquisitions, and assists The firm’s lawyers continue to work on policies related to COVID and other work. cause. Data privacy and cybersecurity will continue to be a focus for companies adapting to hybrid work schedules and remote workers to keep data safe and secure. Construction, leasing and consumer investment in development are growing as companies move away from the pandemic and into the Lookout Zone.Kentucky’s growth opportunities.
Part of one of the world’s largest law firms, DBG has 17 lawyers in the Lexington office, among more than 12,000 lawyers in 200 offices and 80 countries around the world, said said O’Donnell.
The Lexington office of Dickinson Wright, led by Members Brian Johnson and Andrew Dorisio, has 12 attorneys on staff and a total of 23 employees. DW’s litigation team has been very busy in recent months, said Dorisio and Johnson, who are also co-chairs of the Southern Regional Judicial Committee.
Part of the increase is the court system brought about by the shutdown and slowdown of the COVID-19, but they also see an increase in claims related to fraud, cases that arise in between business partners and white criminal cases. Advances in technology are keeping the industry’s intellectual property lawyers busy, especially in growth areas such as biotechnology and medical devices.
Frost Brown Todd generally maintains about 25 attorneys out of a total of 46 employees in the Lexington office. Jan de Beer, member of the FBT, said that mergers and acquisitions are returning after the pandemic break and that the work and work business is still strong as consumers focus on work. remote and return-to-work issues.
The Central Kentucky market continues to experience strong economic growth, which can be attributed to its skilled, experienced and capable workforce; its proximity to the West-West; and low industrial energy costs. As a result, says de Beer, there has been a sharp increase in legal services in the manufacturing and corporate sectors.