Lloyd "Rusty" R. Cress, Jr.


Rusty Cress is a partner in Dinsmore's Frankfort, Kentucky office, where he primarily practices environmental law and government relations. Rusty has extensive experience with respect to compliance with state and federal environmental and natural resource laws and regulations. He provides advice on applicable environmental requirements, spearheads issuance of environmental permits, defends enforcement actions, and assists in transactions. Based out of the Kentucky capital city, Rusty focuses his government relations practice on the needs of manufacturing, industrial, municipal, natural resource, insurance, and trade association clients. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Chemical Industry Council within the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law  (J.D., 1991)
  • University of Kentucky  (B.G.S., 1988)

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Western District of Kentucky
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Kentucky Bar Assocation
  • Kentucky Association of Manufacturers' Chemical Industry Council, Executive Director
  • University of Kentucky Advocacy Network
  • Kentucky General Assembly Federal Environmental Regulation Impact Assessment Task Force
  • Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Oil and Gas Workgroup
  • Kentucky Water Resources Board, Member


  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" in Lexington for Environmental Law by The Best Lawyers in America®, 2016
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Environmental, Government Relations and Natural Resources Law 
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for the Kentucky Super Lawyers® List