Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs
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Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP is one of the largest law firms in the Southeastern United States. Organized into nine service teams and industry-focused practice groups, the firm has five offices in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. The company originally organized as the law firm of William Christian Bullitt, which opened in 1812.
|No. of offices||5|
|No. of attorneys||140+|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Key people||Franklin K. Jelsma, Managing Partner|
Donald J. Kelly, Partner in Charge - Louisville
Mark Burton, Partner in Charge - Lexington
Robert E. Craddock, Jr., Partner in Charge - Memphis
James C. Bradshaw III, Partner in Charge - Nashville
|Founder||Wilson W. Wyatt, John E. Tarrant, Bert T. Combs|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs is a full-service law firm, with lawyers specializing in the following areas of law:
- Antitrust & Trade Regulation
- Arbitration & Mediation Services
- Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
- Corporate & Securities
- Data Privacy & Security
- Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
- Equine & Gaming
- Estate Planning
- Financial Institutions
- Governmental Affairs and Regulated Industries
- Health Care
- Intellectual Property Protection and Litigation
- International Trade
- Labor & Employment
- Litigation & Dispute Resolution
- Media Communications
- Mineral & Energy
- Nonprofit Institutions
- Public Finance and Economic Development
- Real Estate Development, Financing, and Transactions
- White Collar Crime
Notable lawyers and alumniEdit
- Wilson W. Wyatt, former Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
- John E. Tarrant, name partner and outside counsel for General Electric in its development of Appliance Park, one of the largest manufacturing facilities in the U.S.
- Bert T. Combs, former Governor of Kentucky
- Franklin K. Jelsma, Managing Partner and former Chief of Staff for Governor Brereton Jones
- Gordon B. Davidson, former Managing Partner at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs and attorney for the "Louisville Sponsoring Group," a collaboration of business leaders who provided the funding for Muhammad Ali's launch into professional boxing (see Sports Illustrated's "The Eleven Men Behind Cassius Clay")
- Dr. Benjamin Hooks, American civil rights leader and former executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Frank W. Burke, former Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
- H. Foster Pettit, mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, 1972-1978
- Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
- E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company
- Fruit of the Loom
- General Electric
- Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc.
- Jefferson County Public Schools
- JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- Pfizer, Inc.
- PNC Bank, National Association
- Raycom Media, Inc.
- Reynolds Packaging Group
- Smith & Nephew
- Tempur Sealy International, Inc.
- Thorntons Inc.
- Vanderbilt University
- The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 named 96 of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs' lawyers in its publication. The firm is also top-listed in 58 practice areas in its Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi locations.
- Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2013, named Wyatt a "Leading Law Firm" and 26 of the firm's lawyers as "Leading Individuals" in its publication.
- 2013 Super Lawyers® (Kentucky and Mid-South editions) named 66 of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs' attorneys as Super Lawyers and 9 Rising Stars in its publications.
- Corporate Counsel Magazine's survey of General Counsel at top 500 companies named Wyatt a "Go-To Law Firm" for labor & employment and litigation matters.
- Benchmark Litigation named Wyatt a "Highly Recommended" and "Leading Litigation" firm.
- The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management named Wyatt one of the "Best Places to Work." Wyatt has also been named one of the "Best Employers in Tennessee."