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.
Spradlin v. Beads and Steeds Inn, LLC (In re Howland), Case No. 16-5499 (Jan., 2017) (unpublished)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 substantive consolidation claims under bankruptcy law. SKO successfully defended the client against efforts by a Chapter 7 trustee to avoid the transfer of a parcel of real property. In this case, the client purchased a farm from an LLC, which leased it back to continue operating its business at the location. When the individual members of the LLC later sought bankruptcy relief, the trustee filed a complaint, alleging the client was the recipient of a fraudulent transfer. SKO proved the property transfer was made to our client by the LLC, not the individual debtors. Efforts by the trustee to amend and consolidate the complaint on appeal, as well as invoke reverse veil-piercing, were unsuccessful in federal Bankruptcy Court, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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 service of process on foreign entity.
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 commercial signage.
Thacker v. Schneider Electric USA, Inc., No. 12-235, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16612 (E.D. Ky. Feb. 7, 2013), aff’d 547 Fed. Appx. 691 (6th Cir. Oct. 30, 2013)
Obtained judgment in favor of client employer on employee’s claims alleging wrongful denial of disability and life insurance benefits under ERISA. Sixth Circuit appeal resulted in complete affirmance of lower court judgment.
Brotherton v. Victory Sports, Inc., 24 F. Supp. 3d 617 (E.D. Ky. 2014)
Successfully defended motocross race promoter and venue owner against negligence claims relating to injury sustained during motocross racing event. The case resulted in complete summary judgment in favor of SKO’s clients.
C&M Giant Tire, LLC v. Triple S Tire Co., Inc., No. 13-162, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158932, 85 U.C.C. Rep. Serv. 2d 187 (E.D. Ky. Nov. 10, 2014)
Obtained Plaintiff’s summary judgment for buyer’s breach of nearly $700,000 commercial sales contract for the purchase of large industrial tires.