Thomas E. Travis


P 859-288-7426

F 859-259-0649


250 West Main Street

Suite 1600

Lexington, KY 40507

Thomas Travis is a member of the Firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Service Team.  He assists with the representation of a broad range of clients in a variety of cases, including appellate practice, constitutional law, commercial litigation and transactional matters.

  • Representative Matters 
    • Sparkman v. Consol Energy, Inc., 571 S.W.3d 569 (Ky. 2019) – assisted appellate team on a matter of first impression relating to tortious interference of contract
    • Marshall v. Compton, 2018-CA-000899-MR (Ky. App. 2019) – successfully defended summary judgment for school district employees (discretionary review pending before the Kentucky Supreme Court)
    • Walker v. Ragurai, LLC, et al., Fayette Circuit Court Civil Action No. 16-CI-01551 – obtained summary judgment for brand licensor in hotel wrongful death action
    • Represents a wide range of clients in appellate matters in state and federal appellate courts, including drafting amicus curiae briefs on matters of state constitutional law
    • Represents county boards of education in numerous matters, including actions based on alleged personal injuries or violations of statutory or constitutional rights, as well as employment and labor disputes
    • Represents state agencies and local governments in matters involving Kentucky’s Open Records Act, Open Meetings Act, and other issues of statutory and constitutional law
    • Represents state universities in matters involving internal employment and civil rights disputes
    • Represents commercial lessors in preparation and review of leases, amendments, and other related documents
    • Represents financial institutions in mortgage litigation
    • Represents architects and design professionals in a wide variety of construction litigation
    • Represents members of the equine industry in matters involving state regulators, statutory and regulatory interpretation and construction, and equine transaction disputes
    • Represents investment group in complex commercial equine litigation
  • Professional Experience 
    • Clerk for Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., Supreme Court of Kentucky
    • Legal Fellow for United States Senator Rand Paul
  • Honors 

    • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as “Ones to Watch" in Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Labor and Employment, 2021
  • Education 

    2015 - J.D., cum laude, University of Kentucky College of Law; Executive Editor, Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law; Vice President, The Federalist Society; Senior Editor and Founding Member, UK Election Law Society; Moot Court Board; CALI Awards: Constitutional Law, Election Law; Best Brief, Marshall Writing Club

    2012 - B.S. (Finance), summa cum laude, Western Kentucky University; Award of Excellence scholarship recipient; President, Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society; Financial Management Association

  • Professional Activities and Memberships 
    • Kentucky Bar Association, member of Young Lawyers and Appellate Practice divisions
    • Young Lawyers Division Liaison to the KBA Appellate Advocacy section
    • The Federalist Society Executive Committee on Free Speech and Election Law
    • President of the Central Kentucky Lawyers' Chapter of the Federalist Society
  • Admissions 


    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

    U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky

    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit