Jon A. Woodall

Jon A. Woodall

Lexington, Kentucky

Jon A. Woodall, a member of the firm, joined the McBrayer team in 1994. Mr. Woodall has a broad range of legal experience gained through 18 years of practice throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the various states where his clients conduct business. Mr. Woodall's practice is concentrated in the areas of construction law and commercial litigation. He counsels his clients on issues relating to contract formation and performance as well as the litigation of complex construction and commercial disputes (including water intrusion/mold claims) at the state, federal, and administrative levels. Mr. Woodall routinely represents contractors, developers, builders, owners and their insurers in construction related disputes before administrative bodies such as OSHA, various environmental protection agencies and labor oversight divisions.

Mr. Woodall also operates in the land use planning area and has extensive experience in the defense of eminent domain actions instituted by state and local authorities. He has tried numerous cases to favorable verdicts in most of the circuit courts comprising central, eastern and southeastern Kentucky. He has successfully handled the presentation of many zone map amendment, variance, and conditional use permit requests before governmental bodies located throughout central Kentucky.

In addition to his construction, land use, and commercial litigation practice, Mr. Woodall counsels tobacco wholesalers and distributors on issues specific to Master Settlement Agreement compliance. He has handled litigation relating to MSA compliance in the states of Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Michigan, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Mr. Woodall also has the privilege of representing a number of entertainers and Division One basketball coaches in the course of contract and endorsement negotiations.

Mr. Woodall is extremely active in civic affairs at the state and local level, especially those involving the conservation of our natural resources and the protection and personal development of Kentucky's children. He currently serves as President of the Kentucky Fish and as Chairman of the Board of the High Street YMCA. Jon is also active in youth baseball as a Board Member and coach in the Eastern Little League.

Mr. Woodall lives in Lexington, Kentucky with wife Mindy and their three sons.

Recent Successes

  • Achieved the dismissal of a complaint before the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Executive Branch Ethics Commission on behalf of a state agency commissioner.
  • Recently settled several eminent domain actions on behalf of our landowner clients involving multi-million dollar takings.
  • After a recent five day jury trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Lexington Division, Jon A. Woodall and Benjamin L. Riddle obtained a verdict on behalf of our client, a former subcontractor on a renovation project at the Veterans Administration facilities located in Lexington, Kentucky. Our client had been named as a defendant in a breach of contract case filed by the general contractor who claimed that our client's breach of the subcontract caused it over a half-million dollars in damages. Not only did our client prevail on the general contractor's claims, the jury determined that our client was wrongfully terminated from the project. The jury then entered a verdict in favor of our client to compensate it for the damages it suffered due to the general contractor's wrongful termination and the general contractor took nothing.

Watch List

  • Charles Creech Inc. v. Standlee Hay, et al.
    • Currently on review at the Kentucky Supreme Court
    • Issue: Clarification of Kentucky law relating to non-competition covenants.
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance v. Kay & Kay, et al.
    • Currently on review at the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
    • Issue: commercial general liability insurance coverage for resultant damage in the context of a commercial project.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Law
  • Land Use Planning
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Administrative Law

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1994


  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1994
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Major: Corporate Finance

Representative Cases

  • Griffith vs. Scott County Fiscal Courts, et al. (Kentucky Court of Appeals 2003)
  • Cincinnati Insurance Company v. Beazer Homes Investments, LLC, et al. (Sixth Circuit 2009)
  • Barbara Montgomery vs. Atlantic Records Corporation and John Michael Montgomery
  • James N. Strader v. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky 2012)

Representative Clients

  • Woodall Construction, Inc.
  • ATS Construction
  • Great American Insurance Company
  • Gaddie-Shamrock, LLC
  • Allen Company
  • Hartford Insurance Company

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • High Street YMCA, Chairman, Board of Directors, 2012 - Present
  • High Street YMCA, Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors, 2008 - Present
  • Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation, President, 2000 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2000 - Present
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member, 1994 - Present


  • Sigma Chi