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Kevin C. Havelda

Associate

P. 303.244.1907 | F. 303.244.1879

Biography

Kevin Havelda helps clients navigate challenging issues across a range of complex commercial litigation, insurance defense, and medical malpractice claims. He has developed valuable experience leading evidentiary hearings, handling complex discovery disputes, and taking and defending depositions. Kevin has also gained a deep understanding of arbitrations, particularly the rules involving arbitration agreements and the laws that govern these proceedings.

Prior to joining WTO, Kevin served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Claria Horn Boom of the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. During his clerkship, he participated in two civil bench trials—one intellectual property rights case and a high profile FLSA case—three criminal trials, several emergency motion hearings, and countless civil hearings, including one for personal jurisdiction. Before clerking, Kevin also practiced with Frost Brown Todd LLC’s Lexington, Kentucky office as a business litigation associate, where he completed an extended secondment with a financial institution and tier-one client of the firm.

Before law school, Kevin participated in the Teach for America program in New Orleans and was a founding English teacher at a top charter school in Brooklyn, New York. Kevin’s time in the classroom informs his legal advocacy in meaningful ways. As an attorney, he views himself first and foremost as a teacher, who must explain complex legal theories and cases to his clients, judges and arbitrators, and to juries. His practice includes pro bono matters and he remains an advocate for education reform for under-served students and communities. 

Cases

  • Successfully resolved a first-time client's lawsuit in a contentious noncompete/breach of contract case in client's favor.
  • Successfully defended a medical provider in an administrative hearing against the client's medical license, resulting in full dismissal of all claims.
  • Led a two-day evidentiary hearing in a noncompete case for a national medical practice.
  • Won discovery sanctions leading to favorable settlement of all claims for a client in a commercial dispute.
  • Representing a neurosurgeon facing an excess jury verdict on appeal in Colorado State Court.
  • Representing a hospital against negligence claims in a spinal injury case in South Carolina.
  • Representing a certified nurse midwife against birth injury claims in New Mexico.
  • Resolved a non-compete dispute for a former employee of a private medical practice.
  • Representing a pro bono client in a COVID-19-related force majeure contract dispute brought on by the pandemic.
  • Modern Automotive Network, LLC, et. al v. Snead Chevrolet, Inc., Civil Action No. 16-CI-00639, Div. 1 (Franklin Cir. Ct. 2017) - Successfully represented a first-time client as lead counsel involving a cross-state contract and automotive dispute. The lawsuit involved both statutory and regulatory litigation, resulting in recovery of attorney's fees award to the client.
  • HMP Automotive Consultants, LLC v. Pierce Property Group, LLC et al., 5:17-CV-00226-KKC (E.D. KY 2017) - Obtained a default judgment award against defendants in a contract dispute in federal court following contentious discovery disputes.
  • Hinkle Block and Masonry, LLC v. Masonry Builder's of KY, Inc. et al. , Civil Action No. 15-CI-00141, Div. No. 1 (Morgan Cir. Ct., 2015) - Successfully defended bad faith claims in Kentucky state court as lead counsel in a surety case, and then litigated an indemnity suit in federal court following the settlement of all claims against the principal.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement in an arbitration for a client facing breach of contract claims after the plaintiff brought nefarious litigation in multiple jurisdictions. As a result, the client saved hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • Won motion to dismiss in an intellectual property claim in federal court for a client facing vexatious litigation with a pro se litigant.
  • Played a key role on a large team conducting an internal investigation and corrective action plan for a Tier 1 reinsurance client that was potentially exposed to billions of dollars in regulatory fines. Conducted both fact and expert witness interviews.
  • Co-authored a legal opinion on the constitutionality of charter school legislation in Kentucky, which led to passage of H.B. 520, which was the first legislation in Kentucky to authorize charter schools.
  • Advocated for clients in the burgeoning field of hemp law, and assisted with confiscations from federal agencies.
  • Won a favorable settlement for Lexington, Kentucky-based non-profit organization, thereby preventing the organization from going bankrupt.

Other Experience

Frost Brown Todd LLC
    Associate, Business Litigation
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
    Summer Associate

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

The Best Lawyers in America
    Ones to Watch - Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2022
Leadership Lexington Class of 2018
    Member, Leader of State of the Classroom community project
Kentucky Bar Association
    Young Lawyers Division
Fayette County Bar Association
 

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Teach For America
    Alumni Board of Directors
Bonner Scholars
    Alumnus
Leadership Lexington, Class of 2018
    Steering Committee, 2019

Personal Interests

Family, Soccer, Running, Road Biking, Drumming, Live Music

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