Brendan R. Yates

Brendan R. Yates

Lexington, Kentucky
(859) 231-1175

Brendan Yates joined the Lexington office of the firm as an associate in 2002. Brendan is a member of the firm's Litigation Department, where he focuses his practice on construction and real estate litigation, workers' compensation defense litigation, insurance defense and commercial litigation. He has successfully defended his clients in state and federal courts, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, the Kentucky Supreme Court, and in administrative agency proceedings in Kentucky.

Brendan graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 2002. While at the University of Louisville, he was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Journal of Law and Education. He is a member of the Kentucky State Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

In addition to his law practice, Brendan is a member of the Lexington Charity Club, which provides volunteer work and fundraising to local charitable organizations in Lexington. He has volunteered with the Lexington Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and was awarded the Man of the Year Award in 2005. He is also a Henry Stites Barker Fellow with the University of Kentucky Fellows Society.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Construction Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Litigation
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Landlord Tenant Law

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2003


  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 2002
    • Honors: Member, Moot Court Board, 2000-2001
    • Law Journal: Journal of Law Education, Member, 2001 - 2002
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • B.A. - 1998
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Business

Published Works

  • Protecting Those Who Protect Our Country: An Overview of USERRA, HR- The Human Resource, December 2011/January 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Man of the Year, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rotary Club of Lexington, Member, 2012 - Present
  • Lexington Charity Club, Member, 2006 - 2010
  • Bluegrass Conservancy, Young Friends of the Bluegrass, Member, 2008 - 2010
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member, 2002 - 2010
  • University of Kentucky Fellows Society, Henry Stites Barker Fellow, 1998 - Present
  • Lexington Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Volunteer, 2005 - 2007


  • Delta Tau Delta