Matthew W. Breetz - Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Matthew W. Breetz

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2015
Phone: 502-681-0487

Mr. Breetz has a sophisticated trial practice and regularly appears in courtrooms across Kentucky, Tennessee, and upon occasion, Southern Indiana.   

Matt defends numerous professionals—including lawyers, insurance agents and brokers, accountants, debt collectors, engineers, title agents, architects, home inspectors—in professional malpractice suits throughout the region. Upon request, Mr. Breetz still represents nurses, nursing homes and a variety of allied health professionals in actions alleging significant personal injury or death. Mr. Breetz has a significant premises liability practice defending a national chain of restaurants throughout the state. He has significant experience in coordinating the defense of hundreds of complex toxic tort cases throughout the country, working as national counsel for one company in asbestos litigation. Mr. Breetz also has wide experience in defending cases against banks, credit unions and other lending institutions.  Mr. Breetz works in cases involving motor carrier litigation and has lectured nationally on the subject.

Mr. Breetz is also well versed in both insurance coverage work as well as bad faith litigation, regularly counseling carriers on such issues and defending such clients as is necessary.

University of KentuckyBA 1990University of Kentucky College of LawJ.D. 1993
American Bar AssociationKentucky Bar AssociationLouisville Bar AssoicationKentucky Defense CounselFederal Bar AssociationDefense Research Institute (DRI)Claims & Litigation Management AllianceAmerican Board of Trial AdvocatesProfessional Liability Underwriting SocietyAssociation of Professional Responsibility LawyersCitizens for Better Judges

Case History

Bad Faith Claims — Obtained summary judgment in federal court on bad faith claims against an insurer for allegedly delaying payment after a fire loss. 
Sixth Circuit Decision — In a Sixth Circuit decision, affirmed summary judgment from the District Court in Kentucky in a case against a prosecutor on the defense of absolute immunity before any discovery was undertaken. 
Lead Trial Counsel — Intimately involved as lead trial counsel, and also on the briefs, in a case decided by the Kentucky Supreme Court requiring jury instructions on the "case within the case" in a legal malpractice action, and determining that "lost punitives" are not recoverable in such cases. 
Kentucky Court of Appeals — Obtained an Opinion from the Kentucky Court of Appeals affirming summary judgment for an insurance agent and agency who were alleged to have been negligent in procuring commercial insurance coverage for a new client of the agency.  The issues involved UIM coverage for a truck under a commercial policy, and whether the truck should have been insured under the client's personal policy. 
Nursing Home case — Tried a nursing home case, for almost two weeks, in Eastern Kentucky, settling well under his client’s position at mediation after obtaining directed verdicts on claims of statutory violations and claims for punitive damages

Client Comments

"Matt Breetz is awesome. He is personable, knowledgeable, persuasive, and results-oriented. You can trust Matt to get the job done right and at a competitive price."

-Don Becker
Yum Brands, Inc.

"Matthew Breetz is aggressive and committed. He enjoys his craft and it shows."

-J.P. Kelly
Triangle Enterprises, Inc.

Office Location

400 West Market Street, Suite 1800
Louisville, KY 40202-3352
United States

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants