Business Law & Litigation


Business Services

Sturgill Turner understands that business owners are constantly faced with new challenges, especially in today’s complex regulatory environment. Our business law attorneys can help businesses navigate those challenges and turn them into opportunities. Sturgill Turner’s Kentucky business attorneys offer a full-range of business services from business formation, to contract law, to trademark registration.

Recognized by U.S. News – Best Law Firms, Best Lawyers in America and Kentucky Super Lawyers, our business attorneys combine decades of experience with a creative approach and sharpened negotiation skills to craft effective business solutions. Their practice devoted to counseling clients on business matters includes:

  • Selection and formation of appropriate business entities for business ventures, large and small;

  • Reviewing, negotiating and drafting contracts and leases;

  • Contract work that includes a Division 1 athletic department multi-media rights contract, which set the standard for other major college athletics programs;

  • Negotiation, drafting and closing numerous large business acquisitions and sales, including multi-state transactions, as well as the purchase or sale of professional practices and business franchises;

  • Banking and finance transactions;

  • Statutory and regulatory compliance;

  • Drafting non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements to protect trade secrets and proprietary information;

  • Enforcing non-compete and confidentiality agreements;

  • Drafting deferred compensation agreements and Rabbi trusts;

  • Negotiating and drafting deferred compensation or executive severance agreements;

  • Registering federal and state trademarks businesses such as restaurants, retail establishments and universities;

  • Assisting businesses obtain tax-incentive financing with obtaining tax-exempt bond financing;

  • Representing colleges and non-profits in obtaining bond issue financing;

  • Advising of possible accountant and auditor negligence;

  • Advising boards of directors, director and officer defense, and D&O insurance coverage litigation;

  • Advising and representing entities or directors and officers in bankruptcy and debtor/creditor proceedings; and

  • Meeting the ongoing legal needs of automobile dealerships, from advertising compliance and consumer claims to buy-sells, floor-plan financing, real estate transactions, regulatory issues, insurance coverage, and franchise relationships. Our attorneys have negotiated, drafted and closed numerous asset purchase and stock purchase transactions for automobile dealerships, other retail and wholesale businesses and professional practices.

Business Disputes

With Sturgill Turner’s experienced trial and business attorneys, our firm is uniquely positioned to handle complex business disputes. We are prepared to aggressively litigate in our clients’ best interests, or avert litigation with skillful negotiation when that is the best course of action. Our experience representing clients in business disputes is vast, and includes:

  •  Malpractice defense for professionals such as lawyers, accountants, architects and engineers;

  • Representation of victims of data security breaches and Privacy Act violations;

  • Bankruptcy proceedings, representing both lenders and borrowers in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases;

  • Representation of creditors in a number of major Chapter 11 bankruptcies in Kentucky, New Jersey, New York and Virginia, and obtained critical vendor settlements or allowances of claims, and successfully defended or negotiated settlements of avoidance actions for clients;

  • Representation of Ponzi scheme victims in state court civil actions and in bankruptcy court preference litigation;

  • Representation of employers in fidelity bond claims and claims against banks or auditors arising from employee embezzlement;

  • Director and Officer liability cases, along with other matters applying agency law and fiduciary duty principles;

  • Representation of businesses in banking and finance transactions, including secured transactions dealing with Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code;

  • Intellectual property disputes, including infringement litigation involving trademarks, trade secrets, copyright, licensing and distribution;

  • Export and customs, government contracts, antitrust, and other trade regulation matters;

  • Various types of construction (residential, commercial and highway) litigation concerning bid documents, construction contracts, zoning, land use, real estate sales contracts, homebuilder defects and building code violations;

  • Defense of companies in, and successfully defeated efforts to certify, class actions;

  • Defense of accounting firms in professional liability actions concerning audits, tax preparation and other accounting services;

  • Enforcement or defense of non-compete agreements; and

  • Defense of shareholder actions and class actions against companies.