Bryan has more than 20 years of litigation experience in the areas of constitutional law and civil rights, education law, employment law, government and municipal defense, and insurance law. He has counseled and defended some of the largest employers in the region in various employment law matters, and serves as the city attorney for a municipality in Central Kentucky. His unique understanding of the First Amendment and its application to cities, higher education institutions and K-12 schools is the hallmark of his practice. Bryan has litigated numerous cases involving the Establishment Clause and religious displays on government property. In his work with religious schools, Bryan applies a thorough comprehension of the constitutional limitations placed upon government intrusion and works closely with schools to protect their religious liberty appropriately.
Bryan has defended numerous public employee speech claims as well as claims before the EEOC charging race, gender, age, and disability discrimination. Bryan has also handled a number of professional liability cases—including claims of architect, engineering and construction negligence involving highways and residential, commercial and public buildings.
Kentucky Super Lawyers®: Employment & Labor, Nonprofit Organizations, Schools & Education
Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Life Member
Alliance Defending Freedom, Senior Counsel (2010-2012)
PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES
Federal Bar Association, Kentucky Chapter President (2007-2008)
Kentucky Bar Association, Young Lawyer Section Executive Committee State at-Large Representative (2007-2008)
Bourbon County Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Bourbon County Boys’ Fund, Commissioner
Bourbon County Alumni Association
Judge Kavanaugh’s Impact on the Supreme Court, Central Kentucky Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society (2018)
The Law of Political Speech in the Workplace Setting, UK Law/CLE 16th Biennial Employment Law Institute (2018)
Current Issues Under Title IX, UK Law/CLE 2nd Biennial Education Law Conference (2017)
The Rights of Religious Employees (and Employers), UK Law/CLE 15th Biennial Employment Law Institute (2016)
Representing Non-Profit Organizations: Special Issues for Religious Organizations, Indiana CLE Forum (2016)
How will the recent changes to the FLSA affect Businesses, Schools & Non-Profits, presentation for the Paris-Bourbon County Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn Series (2016)
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Religious Liberty Issues in the Workplace, Kentucky Bar Association Convention (2016)
Workplace Wellness, presentation for the Paris-Bourbon County Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn Series (2016)
Guns in the Workplace, presentation for the Paris-Bourbon County Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn Series (2016)
You Don’t Have to Go Home but You Can’t Stay Here, presentation for the University of Kentucky on the Americans with Disabilities Act (2016)
Protecting the Family Farm through Business Organization and Estate Planning, presentation for the Bourbon County Farm Bureau Young Farmers Association (2016)
Addressing Complaints, presentation at the Education Law Association Conference (2015)
How to Handle Crisis Communications, presentation at the UK Law/CLE Inaugural Biennial Education Law Conference (2015)
Commandments, Crosses and Crèches – Oh My!: The Yellow Brick Road to First Amendment Compliance for Governmental Officials, CLE presentation at the Kentucky League of Cities Conference (2014)
Reining in Mayberry’s Red-Light District (a discussion of regulation of sexually oriented businesses through planning, zoning and licensure controls of local governments), For The Defense (June 2007)
University of Kentucky, J.D. (1997)
– American Jurisprudence Award—Trust and Estates (1996)
– Moot Court Board, National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition National Semifinalist (1997)
– W. L. Matthews Fellow
University of Kentucky, B.A. (1994)
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