David J. Guarnieri

David J. Guarnieri

Lexington, Kentucky

 Mr. Guarnieri joined the Lexington office of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC in April, 2009. Mr. Guarnieri acquired a broad range of legal experience through practicing law for 13 years in Frankfort, both as an associate and partner at Johnson, True & Guarnieri, PLLC, and as a solo practitioner before joining the McBrayer team. Mr. Guarnieri has extensive trial experience, with more than 80 jury trials to date. This trial experience includes successfully representing both plaintiffs and defendants in sexual harassment cases, plaintiffs in bodily injury, products liability and fraud actions, and defendants in criminal matters--including favorable outcomes and several acquittals in federal and state courts on charges ranging from Attempted Murder, Sexual Abuse, Assault, Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Marijuana, Money Laundering, Attempted Escape and Driving Under the Influence. Mr. Guarnieri has also represented witnesses before federal and state grand juries, which has included the successful negotiation of immunity from prosecution.

In addition to his vast trial experience, Mr. Guarnieri has represented numerous clients in appeals before the Kentucky Court of Appeals, the Kentucky Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. These appeals have resulted in a number of reported opinions, and include the reversal of an $84,000.00 judgment issued against an employer in a wage and hour case and the reversal of a mandatory minimum drug sentence in a multi-state marijuana cultivation operation.

Mr. Guarnieri has also handled a variety of cases in both family courts and before administrative bodies.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Administrative Law
  • Family Law
  • Probate Law
  • Bank Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1996
    • Honors: CALI award for Litigation Skills, 1996
    • Honors: Best Oral Argument
    • Honors: Legal and Research Writing Award 1994
  • Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
    • B.A. - 1993
    • Major: History

Representative Cases

  • Teco Mechanical Contractor, Inc. v. Com., Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet, Dept. of Labor (Kentucky Court of Appeals 2009)
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Barry K. Young (Kentucky Court of Appeals 2005)
  • Douglas E. Durso v. Kentucky Association of Counties, Inc., et al. (Eastern District of Kentucky 1999)
  • Barbara Lucinda Sawyer vs. Melbourne Mills, Jr. (Fayette Circuit Court 2006)
  • Dean and Marcie Blevins v. Benjamin and Vicky Boggs (Civil Action No.) (Anderson Circuit Court 2006)
  • United States of America vs. Maurice Cornell Williams (Eastern District of Kentucky 2006)
  • United States of America vs. David Scott Miller (Eastern District of Kentucky 2003)
  • Custom Tool and Manufacturing Company v. Sandra Fuller (Kentucky Court of Appeals 2007)
  • United States of America vs. David Scott Miller (Eastern District of Kentucky 2003)
  • United States of America v. William David Miller (Sixth Circuit 2006)
  • Hammond v. Hammond (Pike Family Court 2012)

Representative Clients

  • Teco Mechanical Contractor Inc.
  • Frankfort County Club


  • Presenter, Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know, National Business Institute, November 28, 2012
  • Presenter, Employment Issues and Anti-Discrimination Laws, National Business Institute, 2000 - 2004
  • Adjunct Professor, Law Office Management Paralegal Studies Department, Midway College, 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 1996 - Present
  • Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Member, 1996 - 2006
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2000 - 2006
  • Kentucky State University, Board of Regents, 2010 - Present
  • United Way, Franklin County Board Member, 2000 - 2003
  • Franklin County Bar Association, Secretary, 2002 - 2004
  • Federal Bar Association, Kentucky Chapter , Secretary, 2005 - Present
  • United States Magistrate Judge Selection Panel, Member, 2009

Past Employment Positions

  • Johnson, Judy, True and Guarnieri PLLC, Associate, 1996 - 2001
  • Johnson, True and Guarnieri LLP, Partner, 2001 - 2006
  • David J. Guarnieri, Sole Practitioner, 2006 - 2009


  • Sigma Chi