Trevor, one of the firm's founding partners, focuses his law practice in the appellate courts, both state and federal, of the two states where he is licensed to practice law, Kentucky and Indiana. He typically represents clients who other attorneys and firms represented at the trial-court level, and frequently co-counsels appellate representations with trial-court counsel to provide clients with the benefit of all perspectives. Trevor also takes on other litigation engagements that present him with similar opportunities to engage in substantial, in-depth legal analysis. Trevor divides his time between the Lexington office and a satellite office at his residence in Northwest Indiana.
Trevor has benefitted from a diverse professional background. Previous employment in both the private and public sectors gave him the opportunity to sit first chair in approximately fifty jury trials and gain extensive experience in trial practice and procedure. While serving as a Senior Kentucky Supreme Court Law Clerk, Trevor became proficient in navigating appellate courts and honed his command of persuasive written and oral communication.
In private practice at Miller Wells, Trevor has had the privilege of briefing and orally arguing numerous appeals that have brought favorable results for his clients, including multiple occasions in which the Kentucky Supreme Court has accepted discretionary appellate review of lower decisions on motions that Trevor drafted and filed. Trevor's appellate-court representations have generated a substantial number of published decisions addressing legal issues of widespread interest and importance in assorted contexts, including general civil litigation, criminal cases, domestic-relations cases, and bankruptcy-related litigation, including:
United States v. Adams, 722 F.3d 788 (6th Cir. 2013) (vacating and remanding Clay-County vote-buying-conspiracy convictions for multiple errors in course of seven-week jury trial)
Cogent Solutions Group, LLC v. Hyalogic, LLC, 712 F.3d 305 (6th Cir. 2013) (addressing issues regarding the interpretation and enforcement of prior settlement agreement).
The Cadle Co. II, Inc. v. Gasbusters Production I Limited Partnership, 441 Fed.Appx. 310 (6th Cir. 2011) (addressing both evidentiary and substantive-real-property issues in appeal from bankruptcy court's claim-valuation decision)
Walker v. Davis, 649 F.3d 502 (6th Cir. 2011) (affirming trial court's denial of qualified immunity in 42 U.S.C. §1983 litigation in which deputy sheriff killed motorcyclist by intentionally ramming motorcycle with his police cruiser).
Medical Vision Group, P.S.C. v. Philpot, 261 S.W.3d 485 (Ky. 2008) (clarifying mootness doctrine in writ case subsequently cited dozens of times by Kentucky appellate courts)
Jaroszewski v. Flege, 297 S.W.3d 24 (Ky. 2009) (articulating criteria for review of trial courts' decisions to dismiss cases for lack of prosecution)
Gritton v. Disponett, 332 Fed.Appx. 232 (6th Cir. 2009) (affirming summary judgment for state official in 42 U.S.C. §1983 litigation where plaintiff had alleged retaliation because of his political affiliation)
Parker v. Commonwealth, 241 S.W.3d 805 (Ky. 2007) (reversing highly-publicized Jefferson Circuit Court Murder conviction because of instructional and other trial error)
Williams v. Commonwealth, 229 S.W.3d 49 (Ky. 2007) (articulating criteria for review of trial courts' decisions whether to permit defendants to withdraw constitutionally-valid guilty pleas)
Drawing upon almost three decades of experience in brainstorming, developing, refining, and delivering persuasive arguments – both as a successful member and later coach of his high-school and college debate teams, and for nearly two decades as an attorney – Trevor also consults with other attorneys on appellate projects. Trevor works with former judges and justices and assists other attorneys to file compelling briefs and deliver powerful and convincing oral arguments. Like the other attorneys at Miller Wells, Trevor keeps up with emerging technology and modern communication mediums. You can read Trevor's 140-character musings on appellate practice and, on rendition days, appellate courts' published decisions at @KyAppealConsult on Twitter.