Brian M. Vines
Brian Vines is honored to represent individuals, businesses, and even the Commonwealth, in litigation across Kentucky and the country. When Brian’s children ask what he does at work, he explains to them that when something bad happens to a family, he makes sure they are taken care of, and that it is a privilege to do so.
Brian has represented individuals, small businesses, states, and Fortune 100 companies in a broad range of litigation. Brian focuses on nursing home abuse and neglect cases, serious personal injury cases, qui tam cases, and complex litigation.
Brian has been practicing law since 2007, and he joined Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton in 2011 after working at one of the largest law firms in the southeast. Brian graduated from Auburn University summa cum laude with a degree in civil engineering and spent time in San Francisco working for one of the world’s largest oil companies. However, he soon decided to attend law school and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2007. Prior to entering private practice, Brian served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable William H. Pryor Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Currently, Brian is admitted to the Kentucky and Alabama bar. When he is not at work or traveling for work, he is at home helping with the kids and enjoying their many activities. Also, now that his kids are getting a little older, he enjoys taking them outdoors to the Red River Gorge or other wonderful places in Kentucky.
In law school, Brian served on the managing board of the Virginia Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif, an honor reserved for those who graduate in the top 10% of their class.
- Auburn University, B.S. Civil Engineering (2002)
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (2007)
Brian, along with several other Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton lawyers, and the Kentucky Attorney General’s office, secured a $25 million settlement for the Commonwealth in a consumer protection case. Recently, Brian was part of a team of Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton lawyers that secured an $8 million verdict in a nursing home case in Kentucky. Other notable work consists of:
- Johnson v. Caremark RX, L.L.C. and AIG; $310 Million Corporate Fraud Settlement
- State of Alaska v. Merck & Co. Inc; $15.25 Million Settlement
- State of Montana v. Merck & Co. Inc; $16.7 Million Settlement
- KY Nursing Home; $1.25 Million Confidential Settlement
- Gail Griffin Smith v. Treyton Oak Towers; $8 Million Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Verdict
- Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Merck & Co. Inc; $25 Million Settlement
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Alabama
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
- United States Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- American Bar Association
- Fayette County Bar Association
- Kentucky Justice Association
- Alabama Association for Justice
- Mid-South Rising Star by Super Lawyers® (2012-2018)
- “Top Flight Attorney” by B-Metro Magazine
- 2019 “Top 40 Under 40” by Benchmark Litigation
- “Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer” by The National Trial Lawyers
- AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell