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CRIMINAL LAW

Max Comley

Partner

 

Bullock & Coffman represents clients who have been charged with or are being investigated for, crimes in both the Federal and State Court systems. We understand that – in an instant – people can become entangled in the criminal justice system and those criminal convictions can carry serious, lifetime consequences. Competent and aggressive criminal defense counsel should be retained to ensure that rights are properly protected and that the appropriate results are obtained. Our firm understands that each case is unique and every client deserves – and should expect – personalized, aggressive counsel.

 

Bullock & Coffman is committed to providing our clients with a thorough and well- thought-out defense. We respond to our clients’ criminal defense needs by staffing a dynamic and experienced team of criminal defense attorneys to provide our clients with a knowledgeable and objective perspective, as well as offering them valuable information regarding criminal laws, rules, procedures, and local customs. We evaluate each client’s needs, then – if needed – play an active role in the investigative process to protect the client’s reputation. We focus on resolving cases in an expedient and cost-effective manner. Bullock & Coffman’s attorneys are well experienced in criminal trials ranging from petty theft to capital murder cases. We provide efficient and accomplished representation to both individual and corporate clients and handle criminal issues such as domestic violence, drug offenses, assaults, theft offenses, weapons offenses, and murder and capital offenses.

 

In an effort to discover the nuances of each case, Bullock & Coffman’s lawyers evaluate the client’s available defenses, attempting to uncover critical evidence and/or locating supporting witnesses. Criminal cases are carefully managed to produce a timely and positive resolution. Our firm is committed to steadfastly guard and protect the civil rights of our accused clients.

 

The comprehensive criminal law services provided by Bullock & Coffman include the immediate challenge of obtaining bonds, conducting critical investigations and preliminary hearings, as well as providing long-term representation if needed. Our attorneys have been successful in defending clients in cases ranging from allegations of minor infractions to capital murder, and have experience in every court system governing the Commonwealth of Kentucky – from the local District and Circuit Courts to the Kentucky Supreme Court – as well as the Federal District Court, the Federal Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

 

The attorneys of Bullock & Coffman have extensive trial and appellate experience in both common and high-profile criminal matters. The firm is well equipped to advise and defend both individual and corporate clients who are under criminal or regulatory investigation or who have been accused of criminal activities or of conduct subject to regulatory sanctions. In addition, our attorneys are experienced in developing corporate compliance programs and conducting internal corporate investigations.

 

In nearly any type of criminal matter, the attorneys of Bullock & Coffman have the experience and the resources to assist you in the protection of your rights and provide you with an aggressive and thorough legal defense.

 

CIVIL LITIGATION

Bullock & Coffman’s litigation practice includes a diverse group of seasoned trial attorneys. Our knowledgeable and dedicated attorneys have experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including jury trials, bench trials, administrative hearings, and appeals.  Our attorneys also have experience in every court system governing the Commonwealth of Kentucky – from local District and Circuit Courts to the Kentucky Supreme Court – as well as the Federal District Court, the Federal Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

 

We represent clients in all types of civil litigation, including:

 

  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

  • Civil Rights

  • Employment

  • Business Litigation

  • Equine Law

  • Family Law

 

Our firm prides itself on providing efficient, cost-effective litigation strategies. We assign cases to appropriately experienced attorneys and utilize general and specialized paralegal support. We also use advanced case management technology, including computerized document management and retrieval systems, and have state-of-the-art search capabilities, including people searches, asset searches, personal backgrounds, known associates, business affiliations and criminal histories.

 

Bullock & Coffman recognizes that even the most advanced computer technology can reveal only a certain amount of information. Accordingly, we have our own private investigator on staff to assist with discovering information that might not otherwise be available. Our private investigator interviews witnesses, obtains relevant photographs of people, places and events, and obtains DNA, fingerprints, voice samples and handwriting samples for forensic lab analysis. He also employs other investigative techniques to help determine the strength of a case or to complement the formal legal process once the case has begun.

 

Bullock & Coffman acknowledges that litigation is not always the best option. At times, the preferred approach may be alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and arbitration. Our attorneys have participated in many such proceedings and have a keen understanding of the mindset required to succeed in the ADR setting. We recognize that creativity and finding common ground can frequently resolve even the most heated controversies long before the case reaches the courtroom.

 

Our goal is to reach a result that our client defines as successful, and to do so in a manner that is tailored to each individual’s specific needs.

Robert V. Bullock

Of Council

 

FAMILY LAW

Max Comley

Partner

Family Law is an ever-changing legal area that encompasses much more than divorce and custody matters. Family dynamics have changed dramatically, and so have the legal issues that arise from personal relationships. At Bullock & Coffman, we recognize the need for personalized attention and aggressive representation when it comes to relationship matters, especially when children are involved. 

 

Bullock & Coffman’s attorneys aggressively pursue clients’ rights with keen attention to their personal and financial interests – and the interests of children involved. Our lawyers represent clients in all aspects of domestic law, including marital issues, prenuptial agreements, divorce, property settlement, and partnership dissolution. We work diligently to solve children's issues, including custody, visitation, parenting, residential responsibility, paternity, grandparents’ rights, dependency and adoptions.

 

Our firm handles all aspects of litigation, including motions, depositions, trials and appeals, as well as mediation and arbitration. Sophisticated family law practice requires far more than drafting legal documents or negotiating settlements. It may include uncovering hidden assets and discovering the "real" value of a business, profession, or other valuable marital asset.

 

If you are facing a change in family status or dealing with sensitive legal issues that revolve around personal relationships, you need experienced family law attorneys to assist you in determining available options and legal steps you can take to ensure that the outcome is as favorable as possible.

 

At Bullock & Coffman, we understand that the issues our clients confront in this area of law will likely have a profound impact on them and their families for years to come. The attorneys of Bullock & Coffman strive to provide our clients with as much information as possible to help them make informed decisions about their case or situation.

 

Bullock & Coffman prides itself in providing legal services uniquely tailored to each client’s specific needs. We strongly believe that these needs are more pronounced in family and domestic matters than any other situation. Our goal is to provide you with the advice, service and experience that will help you achieve your desired results.

 

EQUINE LAW

Kerry Cauthen

Of Council

There are an estimated seven million horses in the U.S., including commercial and recreational horses. Millions of Americans are involved in the horse industry as owners, service providers, employees or volunteers. The horse industry’s total impact on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the United States is approximately $112 billion dollars, yet it is still an often underestimated and overlooked part of the national economy.


Individuals are increasingly investing time and money in the horse industry and producing higher quality, better-bred horses. This growth requires a high awareness of the risks involved with the industry. Many equine-related legal issues can arise from sales/purchase contracts, personal injuries, new judicial interpretations of the Equine Activity Liability Acts, veterinary malpractice, mortality and liability insurance coverage, and stallion syndication. For that reason, it is imperative that businesses and individuals, whether horse owners or service providers, seek knowledgeable guidance regarding potential risks related to their involvement in the industry.

 

The attorneys of Bullock & Coffman have personal knowledge of the horse industry, with experience that ranges from racing to showing to recreation. It is our personal involvement in the horse business that provides us with unique insight into our clients’ legal needs.

 

Building on our Business practice area, Bullock & Coffman offers legal representation in all aspects of equine transactions. Our attorneys provide counsel and guidance on business matters unique to the horse industry, including:

 

  • Equine business planning and risk management

  • Purchase or sale of horses

  • Breeding rights and related issues

  • Zoning and land use

  • Boarding and care issues

  • Syndications

 

Our attorneys also offer counseling on liability avoidance, insurance coverage and related issues, and general counseling to owners, trainers, riders, and other members of the equine community.  Bullock & Coffman also handles equine litigation and other forms of dispute resolution involving horses, purchase and sale disputes, fraud and misrepresentation, breach of contract claims, and disputes with trainers, boarders, veterinarians, and caretakers.

 

Bullock & Coffman frequently represents international individuals and businesses in their equine transactions and disputes, and the firm understands the special needs of our international clients.

 

At Bullock & Coffman, we have the experience and knowledge to assist you in nearly every type of equine matter.

 

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

We have all heard the term “medical malpractice” at some point, but we never expect it to become a part of our own lives. By definition, medical malpractice simply means that a healthcare professional has been negligent and did not provide the standard level of care required of them. At Bullock & Coffman, we represent clients in central and eastern Kentucky who have been injured due to the negligence of these healthcare providers. Medical malpractice can stretch across a broad range of areas, from slipping and falling at a hospital to the most severe cases of failure to diagnose or treat an illness. Some of the most common medical malpractice injuries are:

  • Infection

  • Stroke

  • Deformity

  • Sepsis

  • Nerve Damage

  • Brain Damage

  • Death

While there are too many to list here, injuries that are the result of a medical professional’s negligence can be life-altering for the victims of medical malpractice, as well as for their families. Healthcare facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes will have teams of legal professionals and insurance adjusters that focus mainly on disproving any negligence by the healthcare professionals that work for them. They are well versed in providing the victims and their families with medical explanations that may lead you to believe nothing out-of-the-ordinary took place.

First and foremost, we understand that you have many questions. How could this happen? Is this my fault? Could I have done something to avoid this? We have helped people all over the country find the answers.

Contact our office right away. We will listen and review your case with no obligation or cost to you. We will do everything in our power to ensure that those responsible are held accountable and we will fight for your rights every step of the way.

PERSONAL INJURY

Max Comley

Partner

Personal injury is a serious matter that can devastate your health, earning potential, and future. As the rate of personal injuries rises, it is more important than ever to seek out effective, aggressive counsel to help litigate your Kentucky personal injury claim.  Representing individuals injured by negligence, medical malpractice or faulty products is one of the more personally satisfying aspects of the practice of law for our attorneys and staff because, at Bullock & Coffman, we take great pride in helping injured people to recover not only from their injuries but also recover their lives.

 

Bullock & Coffman’s personal injury attorneys document your injury, investigate your case, keep you informed of progress on your behalf, and communicate with insurance companies and others responsible for compensating you for your injuries or for a relative’s wrongful death.

 

Bullock & Coffman regularly represents clients who have been injured in automobile accidents, slips, and falls, and other types of injuries incurred as the result of another person’s actions or inactions. We have the experience and resources to settle the case or litigate the matter, depending on the best interest of our client. Through our experience and dedication, we have been able to obtain significant awards for our clients in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death.

 

In addition to representing individuals who have been injured, the attorneys of Bullock & Coffman represent clients in wrongful death actions. Although death is inevitable, families often suffer most when a loved one is taken without warning because of someone else's actions – or failure to act. Bullock & Coffman’s attorneys take your loss very seriously and strive to remove the burden of litigation or controversy from you, allowing you to focus on what is most important during such a traumatic time. 

 

The attorneys of Bullock & Coffman work with medical experts, accident specialists, and other experts to establish the evidence and the economic impact of the situation in order to maximize the recovery for our clients. Additionally, Bullock & Coffman realizes the need to have a reliable source of information to establish the facts in a case. Therefore, we have an in-house investigator to assist us in pursuing and establishing the facts and materials to use in our cases and in the representation of our clients.

 

If you, a family member, or a friend has experienced a serious personal injury or death as a result of another’s fault, we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

REAL ESTATE

Geoffrey Greenawalt

Partner

Whether you are buying or selling a residential or vacation home, a horse or family farm, or even an investment property, a real estate transaction is a significant investment. Therefore, it is wise to consult with and retain an attorney to represent your interests. Bullock & Coffman offers a wide variety of real estate services, including personal home closings, administration and litigation for planning and zoning, the purchase and sale of commercial real estate and farms, and many other real estate matters.

 

Bullock & Coffman assists homeowners with the process of buying and selling homes, as well as matters that sometime arise after the sale. For most people, a home is the biggest single purchase they will ever make, and often their most valuable asset. Buying and selling real estate is complicated; a real estate attorney can explain the process and the available options, protect a party’s interests, ensure that title to the property is clear, explain the tax consequences of the purchase and advise on any other issue that may arise during or after the transaction.

 

Our real estate attorneys take an active role in the acquisition, financing, development, management, construction, leasing, and sale of real estate. We represent developers, contractors, borrowers, lenders, and owners. Additionally, Bullock & Coffman offers a full range of title services, covering title matters throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Bullock & Coffman’s attorneys have extensive experience in negotiating and preparing the precise documents required to effectively complete complex real estate transactions. Our firm has served as counsel for a number of banks and savings and loan associations for many years and has been involved in all aspects of private and commercial real estate financing.

 

Our firm is well experienced in every aspect of real estate law, including:

  • Administrative, Legislative, and Regulatory Bodies

  • Agricultural Land Classification

  • Commercial Leasing

  • Construction Law

  • Horse Farm Purchases and Sales

  • Finance and Mortgage Transactions

  • Land Use and Development Matters

  • Landlord/Tenant Law

  • Residential and Commercial Development

  • Transactional and Contractual Services

  • Zoning Requirements/Restrictions

 

At Bullock & Coffman, our attorneys understand that our clients’ business is not to litigate, but to purchase, sell, finance, or develop real estate. However, when disputes cannot be resolved by negotiation or mediation without intervention, we are ready to litigate. We can address a wide range of real estate matters, including condemnation cases, lease disputes, breaches of contract, tax assessments, and zoning matters.

 

We are committed to making our clients’ investments and transactions as profitable as possible while providing them with the peace of mind in knowing that it was performed correctly.