Jeremiah A. Byrne

Louisville
T 502.779.8129
F 502.581.1087
400 West Market Street
Suite 3200
Louisville, Kentucky 40202-3363

Jeremiah is a trial lawyer in the firm's litigation department. He focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury defense, transportation litigation, fire litigation, and insurance coverage. He has experience at all stages of litigation, including prelitigation dispute resolution, arbitration, pretrial discovery, trial, and appeal. Jeremiah has served as first-chair trial counsel in numerous civil jury trials and devotes a substantial amount of his time to defending insurers and self-insured entities.

Jeremiah currently represents numerous national insurers, gas and electric utility companies, motor carriers, product manufacturers, national restaurants, and other local, regional, and national companies.

He represents clients in defense of claims ranging from residential fires to large-scale disasters. He also litigates complex business disputes, truck wreck cases, dram shop liability cases, insurance coverage issues, indemnity claims, and bad faith actions.

Experience

Grede Holdings, LLC v. Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, LLC, Mercer Circuit Court, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky (June 2016) – Served as trial counsel and obtained judgment in favor of Grede Holdings for over $1.1 million in automotive commercial dispute while also successfully defending Hitachi's counterclaim seeking approximately $2.7 million in damages. 

Estate of Matthew Lane, et al. v. W.A. Kendall & Co., et al., Owsley Circuit Court, Booneville, Kentucky– Served as lead trial counsel and obtained a complete defense verdict in favor of a commercial motor carrier in a wrongful death (husband) and catastrophic amputation (wife) lawsuit seeking $70 million in damages

Martin v. Louisville Gas and Electric Company, et al., Jefferson Circuit Court, Louisville, Kentucky– Served as lead trial counsel and obtained a defense verdict in favor of an electrical utility company in a motorcycle lawsuit seeking $4.5 million in personal injury damages

Chris Hart v. AMK Instrument Company, Inc., Jefferson Circuit Court, Louisville, Kentucky- Served as lead trial counsel and obtained a defense verdict on product liability claims in favor of the seller of a leveling instrument

Vail v. Kentucky Utilities and Asplundh Tree Expert Company, Union Circuit Court, Morganfield, Kentucky– Served as lead trial counsel and obtained a defense verdict in favor of an electrical utility company and tree trimming company on property damage claims related to a tree fall accident

Estate of Kierran Lindsay and Estate of Kaden Lindsay, et al. v. Louisville Gas and Electric Company, Jefferson Circuit Court, Louisville, Kentucky – Obtained a complete dismissal of all claims against an electrical utility company in a wrongful death house fire lawsuit seeking more than $13 million in damages  

Mountain View Recreation, Inc. dba Mountain View Casino v. Imperial Commercial Cooking Equipment, et al., Nye District Court, Pahrump, Nevada – Defended product manufacturer as first-chair litigation counsel in a $35 million property damage subrogation lawsuit arising out of a catastrophic casino fire

Olga Manrriquez-Hernandez, et al. v. Estate of Stephanie Byrd, et al., Jefferson Circuit Court, Louisville, Kentucky – Gained summary judgment in favor of a national restaurant chain in a wrongful death dram shop lawsuit arising out of a drunk driver incident   

Estate of Tony Gray v. Brook Ledge, Inc., Fayette Circuit Court, Lexington, Kentucky – Conducted a rapid response scene investigation on the day of a fatal motorcycle v. truck incident and later obtained a complete dismissal of the wrongful death lawsuit filed against the trucking company

Wallace Wales v. Louisville Gas and Electric Company, et al., Jefferson Circuit Court, Louisville, Kentucky - Gained summary judgment in favor of a gas and electric utility company on personal injury claims in motorcycle case seeking more than $4 million in compensatory and punitive damages

The Estate of David Avant, et al. v. Kentucky Utilities Company, Bell Circuit Court, Pineville, Kentucky - After aggressive incident investigation and extensive pre-trial discovery, obtained summary judgment in favor of a gas and electric utility company in an electrical contact wrongful death case seeking more than $50 million in damages

Sidi Moctar v. Yellow Cab Co. of Louisville, LLC, et al., Jefferson Circuit Court, Louisville, Kentucky – Won a Motion to Dismiss on behalf of a taxi cab company after it was sued for personal injury damages arising out of a shooting

Jasmine Reyna v. Roy Scarborough, et al., Johnson Circuit Court, Vienna, Illinois – Won a Motion to Dismiss on behalf of a bar in a dram shop action arising out of a drunk driver incident

James Murphy v. Louisville Gas and Electric Company, United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky - Obtained summary judgment in favor of a gas and electric utility company on wrongful death and loss of consortium claims related to a workplace accident

Elswick v. Mizpah Hotel, LLC, Washoe District Court, Reno, Nevada– Defended the owner/operator of the historic Mizpah Hotel in Reno, Nevada, the site of an October 31, 2006 arson fire resulting in twelve deaths and over thirty injuries

Allen v. Greenville Hotel Partners, Inc., 409 F. Supp. 2d 672 (D.S.C. 2006) - Obtained summary judgment in favor of international hotel franchise company sued by four victims of an arson fire at the Comfort Inn in Greenville, South Carolina

Kentucky National Insurance Company v. W.M. Barr & Company, Inc., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky– Obtained summary judgment in favor of a manufacturer of paint stripping gel in product liability action arising out of a residential fire

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2013-2016
  • Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Chambers USA, Litigation: Tort & Insurance Defense, 2015 & 2016

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association

Other Contact Info

Assistant

Julie Turner
Email
T 502.779.8470
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