Max E. Bridges

Senior Associate

P 502-562-7248

F 502-589-0309


400 West Market Street

Suite 2000

Louisville, KY 40202

Max Bridges is a member of the Firm's Natural Resources and Energy Service Team.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of state and federal environmental laws involving air, water, waste, and endangered species.

Max is also a member of the Firm's Intellectual Property Protection & Litigation Service Team. He focuses his practice on patent prosecution and enforcement, patent litigation, client counseling and transaction support.

  • Representative Matters 

    Mr. Bridges has experience counseling clients on environmental laws, evaluating environmental due diligence investigations, especially Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Phase II Subsurface Investigations, to manage environmental liability during transactions.  Additionally, he has handled numerous remediation projects and cost recovery claims governed by CERCLA, RCRA, and state counterpart programs; obtained many Brownfield Exemptions for clients through Kentucky’s Brownfield Program; negotiated and obtained environmental covenants for clients; and assisted clients during enforcement and permit issues with a variety of state and federal agencies including Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, and US EPA.

    Mr. Bridges also represents individuals and corporations in evaluating the patentability of inventions, prosecuting patent applications, and enforcing patent rights.  His practice also includes counseling clients in patent litigation, reviewing IP contracts, and representing clients in matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

      • Obtained multiple US and foreign patents for our client which is an agricultural biotechnology company specializing in the expression, extraction and purification of proteins and other high value products from plants.
      • Obtained multiple patents for clients in a broad range of fields including software, renewable energy, the electrical utility industry, medical devices, agricultural packaging products, mechanical devices, shipping containers, devices for mine safety, and others.
      • Defended our client in a patent infringement lawsuit related to cotton bale wrapping machines and methods.
      • Reynolds Consumer Products LLC v. Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District – This was an administrative proceeding challenging terms the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District sought to include in a Title V permit and it was resolved by an agreement between the parties.
      • Represent the Oldham County Environmental Authority in a variety of matters including contract preparation and review, easement negotiations, condemnation actions, and environmental compliance, and others.
      • Merrick, et al v. Brown-Forman Corporation and Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. - Plaintiffs seek class certification for personal and real property damage and injunctive relief for mold allegedly caused by defendants' whiskey warehouse operations. The putative class representatives assert causes of action for negligence, trespass, and nuisance.
      • Dow Chemical Company v. Anglers E. & C. Inc. - Represented a Potentially Responsible Party in this Superfund and Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act cost recovery action brought by other PRPs.
      • Reigle v. Strategic Materials, Inc., Trent Lee and Jean Lee, and Visteon Corporation – Represent plaintiffs in successful RCRA imminent and substantial endangerment citizen suit. 

    • Professional Experience 
      • Summer Clerk for the Southern Environmental Law Center, Atlanta, GA, 2013
      • Extern for the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet, Frankfort, KY, January-April, 2013
      • Prosecutorial Intern for the Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney, Lexington, KY, Summer 2012
    • Honors 

      • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as “Ones to Watch" in Environmental Law and Patent Law, 2021
    • Education 

      2014 - J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, CALI Award for Environmental Law; Order of the Coif, Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law, Articles Editor; Reed Club Best Appellee Brief, Legal Writing Appellate Brief Competition; United States District Court Judicial Fellows Program

      2011 - B.S., summa cum laude, (Agricultural Biotechnology), University of Kentucky

    • Presentations 
      • "Risk Based Management and Closure of Contaminated Property,” 9th Annual Kentucky Commercial Real Estate Conference, Louisville, Kentucky (October 23, 2019) 
      • "Boiler MACT Litigation Update," Kentucky Chamber's 21st Annual Kentucky Environmental Permitting and Reporting Conference, Lexington, Kentucky (August 15, 2018)
      • "The Impact of Miller v. Brown-Forman," Kentucky Chamber's 6th Annual Environmental Conference, Lexington, Kentucky (March 8, 2018)
      • "Environmental Update including the Stream Protection Rule, and what Constitutes Criminal Behavior Following the Don Blankenship Trial," 29th Annual Kentucky Professional Engineers in Mining Seminar, Lexington, Kentucky (August 26, 2016)
      • "Real Estate and Environmental Issues Selected Statutes and Predevelopment Planning," Kentucky Chamber's 14th Annual Environmental Conference, Lexington, Kentucky (February 10, 2016)
    • Publications 
    • Professional Activities and Memberships 
      • Louisville Bar Association
      • Fayette County Bar Association
      • Rotary Club of Louisville
      • Greater Louisville Inc. Environment & Energy Committee
      • Boy Scouts of America

    • Admissions 
      • Kentucky
      • United States Patent & Trademark Office
      • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
      • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky