Kaplan Johnson Abate & Bird LLP practices complex, high-stakes matters across the nation from its offices in Louisville. The firm's boutique platform creates efficiencies that inure to the benefit of the firm's clients. The firm practices in an array of fields including class actions, shareholder disputes, corporate governance matters, SEC enforcement matters, internal investigations, media and first amendment law, healthcare, bankruptcy for both debtors and creditors, UCC and commercial litigation and arbitration, restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements, and franchise law and litigation. In addition, the firm guides clients through M&A, commercial real estate and financing transactions, as well as advising start-ups and established companies on corporate governance matters
The firm's lawyers have come together after having practiced at the highest levels in government and at leading international firms in major markets and now are deeply involved in the community including in service to the bar. The firm's lawyers are graduates of some of the most prestigious universities and law schools in the country and include multiple federal judicial clerks.
Among the firm’s clients are financial institutions, distilleries and breweries, manufacturers, food and beverage companies, logistics companies, energy and coal mining concerns, print and broadcast media organizations, broker-dealers, registered investment advisors, financial advisors, private equity and venture capital firms, medical practices, Medicare and Medicaid managed care organizations, entrepreneurs and startups, boards of directors, corporate officers, creditors committees, examiners, receivers, and trustees.
The firm’s lawyers have handled matters in arbitration proceedings including before FINRA, dozens of state and federal trial courts, and all of the federal courts of appeals. They have represented individuals and entities in internal investigations, investigations by the Department of Justice (DOJ), various U.S. Attorney offices and state attorneys general offices, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm’s lawyers also have represented parties in entity formation, debt and equity financing, sales and acquisitions including in multinational transactions, and real estate deals. The firm has extensive experience in securities class and derivative actions, fiduciary duty litigation, M&A litigation, non-compete disputes, and consumer class actions. In addition, the firm’s lawyers are well-versed in complex insolvency-related matters, including workouts, restructuring, bankruptcy, receiverships and bankruptcy litigation.