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 three asbestos jury trials within the past few years. 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.
Suits (Not the TV Show). What to Do
Speaker, Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF) 2023 Annual Meeting, Louisville, Ky., November 14-16, 2023
Nursing Home Lawsuits: How To Avoid Risk and What To Expect During the Litigation Process
co-presenter, KAHCF Annual Meeting, November 16, 2022
Insurers Need Not Defend Shooting Injury Suit, Judge Rules
by Hope Patti, Law360 Insurance Authority, September 30, 2022
Stites & Harbison and Tucker Ellis Obtain Defense Verdict in Wrongful Death Mesothelioma Case Where Plaintiff Sought $20.5 Million
Stites & Harbison Case Profile, May 18, 2022
Ethical Considerations for In-House Counsel
2022 Issues for Corporate House Counsel Seminar, Kentucky Bar Association, April 12, 2022
Nursing home Negligence Lawsuits: Common Risk Areas and What to Expect During the Litigation Process
2021 KHACF/KCAL Annual Meeting and Expo, November 9-11, 2021
Case Law Update 2021
Moderator, Fall 2021 National Legal Malpractice Conference, Nashville, TN, September 22-24, 2021
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-Chair
Professional Liability Practice Group, Team Leader
Ethics Committee, Former Chair
Southeast American Board of Trial Advocates, Board of Directors
Citizens for Better Judges, Steering Committee (2022-present)
Mr. Breetz lives and dies University of Kentucky football, when his wife and eleven 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; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2015-24)
Benchmark Litigation magazine, Litigation Star (2020-23)
Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2009-23)
Louisville Magazine's "Top Lawyers" for Professional Malpractice - Defense (2013, 2014, 2016)
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2024 edition of Benchmark Litigation names 11 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as “Litigation Stars” and three as “Future Stars” in Kentucky.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 101 of its lawyers are included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2023 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 49 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 37 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and 12 attorneys to the Rising Stars list.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2023 edition of Benchmark Litigation names 12 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as “Litigation Stars” and three as “Future Stars” in Kentucky. The guide honors the firms and attorneys who have demonstrated the ability to consistently handle complex, high-stakes cases in multiple jurisdictions.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 98 of its lawyers are included in the 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Additionally, 11 Stites & Harbison attorneys are named as “Lawyer of the Year” and 19 attorneys are recognized in “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” which recognizes attorneys early in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.
Louisville office attorneys Matt Breetz and Brian Cromer will be speakers at the Kentucky Bar Association's 2022 Issues for Corporate House Counsel CLE Seminar on April 12, 2022.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2022 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 37 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 29 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and eight attorneys to the Rising Stars list.
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Stites & Harbison is a sponsor and Louisville office attorney Matt Breetz will be a presenter at the KAHCF Annual Meeting and Expo in Louisville November 9-11, 2021.