Richard H.C. Clay


Dick is a partner in the Litigation Department and serves as the firm's Kentucky ethics partner. He practices in the areas of business and fiduciary litigation, appellate practice, and administrative law. He represents corporate clients and individuals in distributorship purchases and disputes, negligent investment/sub-par appreciation claims, trust interpretation issues and disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, will contests, board governance issues, regulatory issues and appeals at the state and federal level, federal and state constitutional issues, class actions, defamation actions, business and contract disputes, trademark infringements, business interruption and interference, enforcement of non-competition agreements, lender liability actions, Equal Credit Opportunity Act actions, Fair Credit Reporting Act actions and civil rights actions. He represents a major national church foundation with its own trust company, having served previously on its board and as its interim CEO. He has tried over 80 jury trials in state and federal court and has argued over 35 appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Kentucky Supreme Court and the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He also serves as Kentucky counsel for major pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers and retailers confronting nation-wide claims.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law  (J.D., 1977)
    • Managing Editor, Kentucky Law Journal
  • Yale University Divinity School  (Rockefeller Brothers Foundation Fellowship, 1974)
  • Davidson College  (B.A., 1973)
    • Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Kentucky Supreme Court


  • Kentucky Bar Association, President (1999), Board of Governors (1992-2000), Chair of the Annual Convention (1991)
  • Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Life Member
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow Emeritus
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • The Speed Art Museum, Chair of the Board of Trustees (2007-2009), Trustee (2003-2009) and (2011-Present), Co-Chair of $60 million capital campaign for the museum’s expansion (2009-Present)
  • The Norton Foundation, Inc., Trustee Emeritus
  • Kentucky Country Day School, Trustee (2003-2009) (2016-2019), Co-Chair of $10.5 million capital campaign for new performing arts center (2007-2010)
  • Louisville Second Presbyterian Church, Elder, Chair of $4 million capital campaign for church expansion and renovation (2003)
  • Louisville Rotary Club
  • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) Foundation, Interim President and CEO (2009), Trustee (1998-2004)


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial, Trusts & Estates, Personal Injury and Product Liability Litigation
  • Selected for the Kentucky Super Lawyers® List
  • Listed in Chambers USA®: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial 
  • Recipient, Davidson College Alumni Service Award
  • Recipient, Kentucky Country Day Distinguished Service Award
  • Selected as a Top 50 lawyer for the Kentucky Super Lawyers® 
  • Named to the 2016 "Top Lawyers” list by Louisville Magazine