J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, 1997
B.A., University of Kentucky, 1994
- Commonwealth of Kentucky, 1997
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1997
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 2005
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2006
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2012
- State of Indiana, 2013
- Supreme Court of the United States, 2013
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2014
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2014
Two decades of practicing law have made it clear to me that successful attorneys cannot utilize shortcuts if they want to obtain good results for their clients. Thus, I prepare to win and stack the deck in my clients’ favor by combining an old-fashioned work ethic with 21st-Century technology and techniques to ensure that I have a superior knowledge of the facts involved and legal precedents applicable to my clients’ cases.
Trevor maintains a diverse civil litigation practice, focused on tort liability and complex commercial disputes, in addition to appellate advocacy.
Over the past two decades, Trevor has also handled legal matters spanning from transactional real estate to appeals, and has represented clients in civil, criminal, bankruptcy, and domestic-relations litigation. In previous positions, including five years as a Senior Kentucky Supreme Court Law Clerk and twelve years in private practice in a firm that he co-founded, Trevor gained extensive litigation experience in both trial and appellate courts while sitting first chair in more than fifty jury trials and briefing and orally arguing dozens of appeals in state and federal courts.
Trevor has served as an adjunct law school professor of Legal Research and Writing at the University of Kentucky College of Law, and is a frequent continuing legal education presenter on professional ethics and legal technology. He volunteers at a local high school as an assistant debate coach, teaching students how to develop and articulate persuasive arguments.
Based in our Northwest Indiana office, Trevor also represents clients out of our office in Lexington, Kentucky, where he was born and raised, attended college and law school, and practiced law for the first fifteen years of his career.
Honors & Recognitions
Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy Minister-of-Justice Award, 2015
Professional Memberships & Community Affiliations
Kentucky Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
Porter County Bar Association
Leadership Northwest Indiana Alumni Council
Obtained reversal of adverse summary judgment as lead counsel for plaintiff claiming over $5 million in damages for civil rights violations arising from law enforcement’s illegal search and excessive force.
Drafted successful summary judgment motion as contract counsel for a defendant in a federal court employment discrimination case against a religious institution brought by a school principal seeking a seven-figure recovery.
Represented lender on debt in excess of $1 million in complex collections proceedings involving appointment of receiver for, and eventual foreclosure of, operating golf course.
Represented multi-billion-dollar, out-of-state social media entity in connection with multiple successful motions to quash improperly issued records subpoenas.
Pursued extraordinary relief on behalf of non-party business entity responsible for managing more than $100 million in assets, which was improperly enjoined and subjected to Family Court’s “status quo order.” After the writ petition was filed, the Family Court amended the problematic order, which ended the controversy.
Acted as counsel and strategic consultant for pharmaceutical company facing claim in excess of $1 billion that settled for a small fraction of that amount following oral argument in extraordinary relief petition before the Kentucky Supreme Court in extraordinary relief.
Obtained reversal on appeal of defendant’s 150-month sentence for convictions relating to a vote buying conspiracy, which had been entered following an eight-week trial in federal court; on remand, the defendant entered into a negotiated plea in which he served no additional prison time.
Represented the plaintiff at oral argument in a summary judgment appeal arising from a civil rights case concerning a young man’s tragic death following a collision with a police cruiser; on remand, the parties reached a seven-figure settlement at mediation.
Obtained reversal on appeal of defendant’s 25-year aggregate sentence and convictions for capital murder, attempted murder, and other offenses as a result of jury instruction errors and the trial court’s failure to declare a mistrial.
- April 3, 2018, Motion For Summary Judgment GrantedPorter County Superior Court Valparaiso, Indiana
Defense of property owner in suit alleging liability for damages resulting in substantial personal injuries.
- Raymond E. Olson v. Partners Management Company, LLCApril 3, 2018, Motion For Summary Judgment GrantedPorter County, IN
Defense of secondary workers’ comp. claim against insured in catastrophic injury case
- Press Release, September 15, 2017