Overview
Experience
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Chris Brooker is a member of the Firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Service Team. He is lead counsel in a wide array of cases at the trial level, including contract, fiduciary, health care, constitutional, construction, and trademark cases. He also has extensive experience as lead counsel in both state and federal appellate courts.

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REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Represented a sitting Governor against criminal charges arising from allegedly politically motivated personnel actions. Prosecutors dismissed all charges against the Governor with prejudice.
  • Represents well-known companies in trademark infringement cases.
  • Lead counsel in several will contest and trust administration lawsuits involving multi-million dollar estates. Represents corporate fiduciaries, individuals, and charities in these cases at both the trial and appellate levels.
  • Successfully defended numerous attorneys and law firms in legal malpractice actions.
  • Prosecuted a trademark infringement case for a well-known Kentucky distillery concerning a competitor’s use of one of the distillery’s historic bourbon brands and the brand’s goodwill. The federal court granted the distillery’s motion for injunctive relief. Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. v. Log Still Distilling, LLC, 575 F. Supp. 3d 785 (W.D. Ky. 2021).
  • Represented a horse racetrack in lawsuit filed against it by a casino company concerning premium ticketing and seating for premier horse racing events.  The trial court dismissed the casino’s claims against the racetrack and the appellate court affirmed.  Gulfside Casino Partnership v. Churchill Downs Incorporated, 861 Fed. Appx. 39 (6th Cir. 2021).
  • Successfully defended a hospital against claims that it breached contractual restrictions when the hospital tried to sell real estate that it previously purchased from the plaintiff for over $11 million.  The trial court granted summary judgment to the hospital and the appellate court affirmed.  Old Henry Healthcare Real Estate, LLC v. Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Healthcare, Inc., 2021 WL 4343468 (Ky. App. 2021).
  • Prosecuted a lawsuit for a national outdoor advertising company seeking the transfer of valuable state outdoor advertising credits that were improperly obtained by a competing company.  The trial court ordered the transfer of the credits and the appellate court affirmed.  Outfront Media, LLC v. LeMaster, et al., 2021 WL 4314059 (6th Cir. 2021).
  • Represented a horse racetrack in a lawsuit where a horsemen’s association challenged the racetrack’s ban on the use of certain race-day medication on two-year old horses.  The court granted summary judgment to the racetrack.  Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Assn. v. Keeneland Assn., Inc., et al., Franklin Cir. Ct. Case No. 20-CI-00396 (2020).
  • Represented a national gas distribution company against claims that it breached its agreement to purchase all of a competitor’s assets.  Defeated all of the competitor’s claims at trial, and won every dollar sought from the competitor in a counterclaim.  The appellate court affirmed.  ARC Welding Supply Co., Inc. v. American Welding & Gas, Inc., 924 F.3d 322 (7th Cir. 2019).
  • Defended a public television station in case challenging its exclusion of a third-party candidate from the only joint appearance between candidates in a high profile U.S. Senate race.  The trial court denied the candidate’s motion for an injunction following a full evidentiary hearing, and then granted summary judgment to the television station.  The appellate court affirmed.  Libertarian Nat’l Committee, Inc. v. Holiday, 907 F.3d 941 (6th Cir. 2018).
  • Defended a limestone quarry operator in lawsuits filed by the owners of the quarry premises claiming the operator’s long-term leases were unconscionable and invalid. The trial court granted summary judgment dismissing all of the plaintiffs’ claims and the appellate court affirmed. Lyles, et al. v. RDP Company, et al., 702 Fed. Appx. 385 (6th Cir. 2017).
  • Represented state government and the Governor’s office in several cases arising under the state constitution, including major constitutional law cases with over $100 million at issue. Beshear v. Haydon Bridge Co., Inc., 416 S.W.3d 280 (Ky. 2013); Klein v. Beshear, 439 S.W.3d 107 (Ky. 2014).
  • Lead counsel for a nationwide agricultural cooperative in the successful prosecution of a lawsuit seeking a judicial declaration that the cooperative, and not its landlord, owns dozens of valuable commercial greenhouses affixed to land. Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Inc. v. Jordan, 440 Fed. Appx. 463 (6th Cir. 2011).
  • Prosecuted a case for a construction company establishing that whenever the state government is found to have breached a contract governed by the Model Procurement Code, the state government must pay interest on the resulting award. The construction company recovered more than $490,000 in interest as a result. University of Louisville v. RAM Engineering & Construction, Inc., 199 S.W.3d 746 (Ky. App. 2005).
  • Defended the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association in a week-long jury trial where the Plaintiff recovered less than one percent of the over $2,000,000 in damages claimed. Successfully appealed the small award and the Plaintiff ultimately recovered nothing. Quadrille Business Systems, Inc. v. Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, 242 S.W.3d 359 (Ky. App. 2007).
  • Represented five salespeople whose former employer brought 26 claims against them when they went to work for a competitor. The trial court granted summary judgment to the five salespeople and the appellate court affirmed. ATCDG Distribution Group, Inc. v. Whatever It Takes Transmissions, et al., 402 F.3d 700 (6th Cir. 2005).

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS

  • Churchill Downs Incorporated
  • Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc.
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken Corporation
  • CommonSpirit Health
  • Kentucky Educational Television (KET)
  • Norton Commons
  • Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Inc.
  • Governor Ernie Fletcher
  • RAM Engineering and Construction, Inc.
  • Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association
  • American Welding & Gas, Inc.

EDUCATION

J.D., with honors, University of North Carolina School of Law, 2001

  • Staff of the North Carolina Law Review

B.A., magna cum laude, University of North Carolina at Asheville, 1998

ADMISSIONS

  • Kentucky
  • United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

HONORS

  • Listed as a Kentucky Super Lawyer® in the area of Business Litigation
  • Recognized in Kentucky Super Lawyer® as a Rising Star, 2015-2016
  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a “Future Litigation Star,” 2015-2019
  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s “Under 40 Hot List,” 2016

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Judicial clerkship for the Honorable John C. Martin of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations
  • Associate member of the Louis D. Brandeis Inn of Court, 2003-2005

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

  • Chair, Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana Board of Directors, 2020-2022; Board Member, 2014-present
  • Vice-Chair, Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission, 2018-2020
  • Leadership Louisville Graduate, 2017
  • Leadership Kentucky Graduate, 2013
  • Ignite Louisville Graduate, 2004

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