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Perry M. Bentley

Member, Lexington

Perry is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Lexington office and has been with the firm since 1984. He serves as chair of the Tort, Trial & Insurance Services practice and co-chair of the Arbitration & Mediation practice. Perry's practice focuses on professional negligence (non-medical), personal injury, products liability, fire and explosion, insurance coverage and defense, insurance bad faith, and mediation.

Perry is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, is honored as a Kentucky Super Lawyer and recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star" for his many legal accomplishments. When an explosion caused by a vendor's product destroyed his client's factory, he secured the client with a compensatory award of $122 million, the largest in state history. The verdict included damages for the destruction of the plant and lost profits. The jury also awarded $1.3 million dollars in punitive damages. As a result, Perry is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an achievement for trial lawyers who receive a trial verdict or settlement of one million dollars or more.

Perry is a member of the Fayette County, Kentucky, and American Bar associations, as well as the Defense Research Institute, the National Society of Insurance Investigators and the American Association for Justice. Perry was also a Certified Public Accountant. To give back to the community, he serves as a Deacon and a Sunday school teacher for Arlington Christian Church. He was a board member and a coach for the Woodford Youth Soccer Association and a board member for the Midway Foundation for Integrative Medicine. Married with four children, he enjoys bicycling and running in his spare time.

Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
1984, J.D., High Distinction
University of Kentucky
1979, B.S., High 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
United States Supreme Court

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Benchmark Litigation: Local Litigation Star-Insurance, 2013-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • Super Lawyer:  Kentucky Super Lawyer, General Litigation, 2007-2017
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2007
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Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Defense Research
  • National Society of Insurance Investigators
  • American Association for Justice, associate member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Arlington Christian Church, deacon and Sunday School teacher
  • Foster Parent
  • Midway Foundation for Integrative Medicine, board member
  • Woodford Youth Soccer Association, former coach and board member
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Work Highlights

Wrongful Death: Domestic Violence

Estate of Amanda Ross v. Steven R. Nunn, Fayette Circuit Court, Civil Action No. 09-CI-05104. Obtained a judgment against Steven R. Nunn in the amount of $24,253,298.85 for the wrongful death of Amanda Ross. The trial team has pursued foreclosure of Nunn's real property, garnishment of his pension assets and garnishment of his prison commissary account in partial satisfaction of the judgment. The trial team also successfully defended the right of the Estate to garnish Nunn's pension funds despite a Kentucky statute that Nunn claimed provides a partial exemption for those assets.  See Stephen R. Nunn v. Diana M. Ross as Personal Representative of the Estate of Amanda Ross, 2015 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 593 (Ky. App. 2015) (review denied Supreme Court Case No. 2015-SC-473 (February 10, 2016)).

Insurance Bad Faith

Sazegari v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co., 2008 U.S. Dist LEXIS 54822 (W.D. Ky. 2008), aff’d, No. 08-5990, 08-6015 (6th Cir. 2009). Represented GEICO in a bad faith lawsuit arising from a property damage claim. After years of litigation that began in state court, obtained summary judgment from the federal district court and successfully argued the merits of the case before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2009, obtaining an oral ruling from the bench.

Professional Negligence

Barbara A. Abel et al v. J. Brent Austin et al, 411 S.W.3d. 728 (Ky. 2013).  Successfully defended an attorney accused of misappropriation of client funds, obtaining summary judgment from the trial court which was then affirmed by the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the Kentucky Supreme Court in a published opinion.

Product Liability, Explosion & Failure to Warn

Successfully represented a manufacturing client, whose factory was destroyed by an explosion caused by a vendor’s product. The seven-week trial resulted in $122 million verdict, the single largest award of compensatory damages by a jury in Kentucky history.

Motor Vehicle Accident: Negligent Failure to Maintain Construction Site

Successfully represented an operator of motor vehicle, who suffered serious injuries in an accident caused by road construction crews’ failure to use proper signage. Matter settled prior to trial.

Insurance Companies Company Rehabilitation: Contested Settlement Agreement

Successful bench trial, resulting in approval of contested $5 million settlement agreement regarding an insurance company rehabilitation.

News Publications Seminars
"Trying the Soft Tissue Injury Case in Kentucky"1996-1998
"Everything a Land Surveyor Needs to Know to be a Witness"1997
"Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Kentucky"1994
"Bad Faith Litigation in Kentucky," National Business Institute Inc.1993-1994
"Bluegrass Claims Association Seminar, UIM, UM, and No-Fault Law Developments"1993
"Writing Settlement Agreements in General Mediations," various mediation train sessions for the Mediation Center of Central Kentucky