Donald M. Wakefield

Lexington, Kentucky

Phone: (859) 252-9000
Fax: (859) 233-4269

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Donald Wakefield focuses his practice in the areas of administrative law, appellate practice, business law, collections, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy and general litigation and insurance defense, including civil rights and governmental defense.

He is experienced in the defense of governmental entities and officers with significant experience before both state and federal trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies.

Areas of Practice:

  • Appellate Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Commonwealth of Kentucky, 2002
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 2002
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2002


  • University of Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.)
    J.D., 2002
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.)
    M.B.A., 2002
    Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society
  • Centre College (Danville, Ky.)
    B.S., 1998, Economics
    Study Abroad: Regents College (United Kingdom), Fall 1997

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Bluegrass Claims Association

Professional Highlights & Honors:

Representitive Cases:

  • Hardy Oil Co. v. Nationwide Agribusiness Ins. Co., 587 Fed.Appx. 238 (6th Cir. 2014)
    (defense of negligent brokerage claim)
  • Short v. City of Olive Hill, 414 S.W.3d 433 (Ky.App. 2013)
    (defense of civil rights action challenging city code enforcement)
  • Laurel Mtn. Res. v. Com., Energy & Envir. Cab., 360 S.W.3d 791 (Ky.App. 2012)
    (filed amicus brief in successful action challenging State’s authority to deny a “lands unsuitable” petition yet still impose restrictions on future coal mining in the subject area)
  • Delong v. Arms, 369 Fed.Appx. 654 (6th Cir. 2010)
    (defense of civil rights and ADA action regarding shoplifting arrest)
  • Wireman v. Fletcher, 250 Fed.Appx. 661 (6th Cir. 2007)
    (defense of civil rights action challenging denial of promotion)
  • Duffy v. City of Stanton, 423 F.Supp.2d 683 (E.D.Ky. 2006)
    (defense of civil rights action challenging city code enforcement)

Selected Publications & Presentations::

  • Kentucky League of Cities Annual Convention & Expo.
    Seminar Presentation, annually, 2011-Present
  • “Advanced Police Liability Claims,” National Business Institute, June 2014
    Seminar presentations on law enforcement pursuits and off-duty activities
  • “Premises Liability Claims,” Bluegrass Claims Association, January 2013
    Meeting Presentation
  • “State and Local Government Law,” National Business Institute, April 2012
    Seminar presentations on the topics of open records laws and police liability
  • “Handling the Police Liability Claim,” National Business Institute, May 2011
    Seminary presentation overviews of both state law and federal law
  • “Insurance Bad Faith,” Bluegrass Claims Association, September 2009
    Meeting Presentation