Mr. Breetz has a sophisticated trial practice and regularly appears in courtrooms across Kentucky, Tennessee, and upon occasion, Southern Indiana. He is co-leader of the firm's Torts & Insurance Practice Service Group.
Matt defends numerous professionals, including lawyers, insurance agents and brokers, accountants, debt collectors, engineers, title agents, architects and home inspectors in professional malpractice suits throughout the region. Mr. Breetz has a robust practice representing nurses, nursing homes and a variety of allied health professionals in actions alleging significant personal injury or death. Mr. Breetz has a significant premises liability practice, in the past defending a national chain of restaurants throughout the states of Kentucky and Tennessee. He has comprehensive experience in coordinating the defense of hundreds of complex toxic tort cases throughout the country, working as national counsel for one company in asbestos litigation; in addition, Matt has been included in two asbestos jury trials within the past year. At any given time, Mr. Breetz will also have cases involving motor carrier litigation.
Mr. Breetz is very well versed in both insurance coverage work as well as bad faith litigation, regularly counseling carriers on such issues and defending such clients as necessary.
Hot Button Issues - Long Term Care Litigation
Panelist, Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities Annual Conference, November 2019
Kentucky High Court Restores $80M Punitive Damages Against Firm
Law360, December 13, 2018
Commanding the Courtroom
University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Ky., November 2, 2018
Choosing Wisely: Can Picking the Right Client Prevent Malpractice Cases?
Ethical Considerations for CPAs
Defending Professionals in Court and Before Licensing Boards
It Wasn’t Me: It Was the Judge
Division of Loyalties: The Impact of Conflicts of Interest and Waivers
Professional Liability and the Restatement of the Law : What is it Restating?
Judgmental Immunity for Lawyers
Defending Legal Malpractice Claims
Estate Planning—Being Sued by Persons You Never Met for Things Your Client Did Not Ask You to Do
The Uncertainties in Trial Practice - Do They Constitute Malpractice
Prevention and Risk Control
Crossing State Lines - Ethical and Malpractice Issues Arising From Multi-Jurisdictional Practice
Ethical Considerations for the Defense Lawyer
Choice of Jurisdictions
Legal Malpractice Issues Involving Estate Planners
Legal Malpractice: Negligent Settlement Advice
State and National Activity in Nursing Home Litigation
The Strict Privity Rule: A Limit on Estate Planner Liability
Grounds for Indemnity on Foreign Sourced Products
Nursing Home Malpractice in Kentucky: Successful Case Management from Investigation to Trial
Recent Kentucky Ethics Opinions and Judicial Decisions Concerning Ethical Issues
Experts and Daubert
Pitfalls with Experts: Turning Your Work Product Into Evidence
Torts & Insurance Practice Group, Co-Leader
Professional Liability Practice Group, Team Leader
Ethics Committee, Former Chair
Southeast American Board of Trial Advocates, Board of Directors
Mr. Breetz lives and dies University of Kentucky football, when his wife and nine children give him the opportunity. He formerly coached middle school girl's lacrosse and announced high school field hockey and lacrosse games. Mr. Breetz is also an advocate for international adoptions, as his family has been blessed with three children from Ethiopia and two children from China. Mr. Breetz is a member of the Board of Directors for Southeast American Board of Trial Advocates and is a member of the Prichard Committee on Academic Excellence.
Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
Best Lawyers in America®, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2016-20)
Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2009-20)
Louisville Magazine's "Top Lawyers" for Professional Malpractice - Defense (2013, 2014, 2016)
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2020 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 32 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and 13 attorneys to the Rising Stars list.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 has recognized 75 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 49 areas of practice. Forty-three of those attorneys selected have been honored for 10 consecutive years or more.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2019 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 33 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and nine attorneys to the Rising Stars list.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2018 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 55 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 39 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and 12 attorneys to the Rising Stars list.