M. Trent Spurlock

Biography

Trent has maintained a civil trial practice throughout his career, defending businesses and individuals in Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia against a wide variety of claims. His practice has specifically included the defense of lawsuits involving products liability, foodborne illness, toxic torts, wrongful death and catastrophic injuries, pharmacy negligence, premises liability, medical malpractice, construction accidents and defects, and motor vehicle liability.

Trent has been retained to assist clients in several large scale litigation projects, including class-actions and serial litigation, and has served as a member of a national trial team to assist and advise local counsel with expert witness discovery and trial preparation in products liability cases involving exposure to asbestos and silica.

Examples of Trent’s recent work include defending a national grocery retailer against foodborne illness claims involving exposure to E. coli and permanent injury to a minor, representing a multifamily investment group in a balcony collapse case involving paralysis of the claimant, and defending a national pharmacy chain against a wrongful death claim allegedly arising from drug-drug interactions.  He also has handled the defense and trial of a case involving a shelving collapse and traumatic head injuries to a vendor, as well as a chemical and petroleum company in claims arising from asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. He also defended a global safety equipment manufacturer against ongoing serial litigation in multiple states arising from allegedly defective respiratory protection and occupational lung disease.

In addition to his work as a litigation and trial attorney, Trent actively advises and assists clients with proactive strategies for staying out of the courtroom. He has drafted materials and presented at multiple client seminars related to risk management and loss prevention, claims investigation, early dispute resolution and overall liability reduction. Trent has also aided clients in implementing large-scale programs for alternative dispute resolution and cost control, recognizing the balance that must often be struck between litigation results and a client’s bottom line.

Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law  (J.D., 2000)
  • Centre College  (B.S., 1997)

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana
  • Kentucky

Affiliations/Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association

Distinctions

  • Listed in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® List