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Matthew R. Parsons

Member, Lexington

Matt is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Lexington office and has been with the firm since 2008. His practice focuses on civil litigation, with a wide variety of experience in the areas of business litigation, products liability and warranty defense, insurance defense, and employee benefits litigation.

Matt has represented clients across a broad range of industries.  He has successfully represented banks and other lenders in disputes with borrowers, including defense of lender liability claims and collection and execution on large commercial debts.  He has represented numerous national manufacturers and distributors, both plaintiff and defendant, in commercial disputes with suppliers and customers.

Matt has defended product manufacturers and distributors, including several Fortune 500 companies, against allegations of product defects and breach of warranty.  He has obtained numerous defense judgments in negligence cases on behalf of commercial trucking companies, product manufacturers, and recreational race promoters.  Matt has also obtained defense judgments on behalf of employers sued for recovery of employee benefits under ERISA-governed benefit plans.

Matt is a 2008 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, earning academic distinction and election to the Order of the Coif upon graduation.  Matt served as a member of the Kentucky Law Journal and the Moot Court National Team during law school.  He is a 2002 graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems.

Matt currently is past president of the FCBA Young Lawyers Section and previously served on the boards of directors of the FBCA and the Fayette County Bar Foundation. Matt is a member of the 2015-16 Leadership Lexington class and has been honored as a Kentucky Super Lawyer Rising Star.  He gives back to the community by serving as a volunteer instructor with the Junior Achievement program and through fundraising efforts on behalf of God’s Pantry Food Bank and other local charities.  Married with a young son and daughter, Matt enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, doing outdoor activities, and travelling.

Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
2008, J.D.
Indiana University
2002, B.S., Computer Information Systems, with Distinction
Admissions
Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky

Recognition

  • Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Star, Employee Benefits
  • Order of the Coif
  • Moot Court National Team
  • Kentucky Law Journal
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Affiliations

  • Fayette County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, past president
  • Fayette County Bar Association, board of directors
  • Fayette County Bar Foundation, board of directors
  • Leadership Lexington, class of 2015-2016
  • Central Kentucky American Inn of Court, barrister
  • Junior Achievement, volunteer instructor
  • Habitat for Humanity, volunteer
  • God's Pantry Food Bank, volunteer fundraiser
  • Fayette County Public Schools, volunteer
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, executive committee
  • American Bar Association
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Work Highlights

Successful Defense of Veil-Piercing Claim

Spradlin v. Beads and Steeds Inn, LLC (In re Howland), Case No. 16-5499 (Jan., 2017) (unpublished)

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court rulings SKO obtained in a matter involving novel Kentucky corporate law claims centered on reverse veil piercing and...

Commercial Trucking Accident

Collins v. Westfreight  Systems, Inc., No. 08-227, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33141 (E.D. Ky. Apr. 17, 2009)

Successfully defended commercial trucking client against negligence claims arising out of a highway accident.  Case resulted in dismissal of lawsuit for improper...

Warranty and Products Liability

John F. Ruggles, Jr., Inc. v. Ventex Tech., Inc., No. 09-141, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79816 (E.D. Ky. Jul. 21, 2011)

Obtained complete defense summary judgment for client in case involving breach of warranty claims against manufacturer of electronic transformers used in...

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