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Wyatt Attorney, Virginia Snell, Receives the Distinguished Service Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP is pleased to announce that Virginia Snell was named by the board of directors of the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL) as the co-recipient of the organization’s 2020 Distinguished Service Award, which is presented to lawyer advocates whose service to the KACDL and contributions to its mission have resulted in significant improvement of the criminal justice system. Ms. Snell received this award for her pro bono representation in the constitutional challenge to Marsy’s Law.

Virginia Snell chairs the firm’s Appellate Advocacy Practice. Her experience encompasses a wide range of issues, including constitutional, contract, statutory, class action, regulatory, legal malpractice, trusts and estates, wrongful death, tax, healthcare provider, employment, and business disputes, over, for example, fraud, fiduciary duty, lender liability, shareholder rights, or covenants not to compete. Ms. Snell often becomes involved after a trial when an independent appellate analysis and representation is desirable. Ms. Snell has won several honors over the years, including being ranked #1 lawyer in Kentucky by Super Lawyers® for 2018, AV rated in Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating, has been in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, named Louisville “Lawyer of the Year” in Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in 2019 and 2020, recognized as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation from 2017-2019, and has been in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005 – present. Ms. Snell earned her J.D. from University of Texas Law School, with honors.

Virginia Hamilton Snell
Virginia Snell chairs the Firm’s Appellate Advocacy Practice.  She has served as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and, until 2005, chaired the firm’s Professional Personnel Recruiting Committee, responsible for the firm’s summer associate program and the hiring of entry level associates.  In addition to the civic and professional commitments described below, Virginia regularly represents clients in appellate courts and in cases before lower courts that primarily involve questions of law and are likely to... Read More