R. Kenyon Meyer Tapped to Lead Dinsmore’s Louisville Office

January 10, 2017News Releases
R. Kenyon Meyer has been named Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Louisville Office Managing Partner effective January 1, 2017. Meyer, who has practiced in the firm’s Louisville office since shortly after its opening, takes the reins from John E. Selent, who served in this position since 2011 and will now move to Dinsmore’s Board of Directors. A member of the firm’s Litigation department, Meyer assumes this new role with a deep appreciation for the responsibility he will inherit.

“Like my predecessors, I want to continue fostering a great work environment for our attorneys and staff in Louisville,” said Meyer. “We have an exceptionally talented team here, and we will continue to grow organically and through lateral hires to best serve our clients in the community. I am passionate about this place, and I still love coming to work every day. I want to help others find that same feeling.”

Meyer has been privileged to watch Dinsmore’s Louisville office change and grow since the doors opened in 1997 and having a front row seat to the firm’s history has uniquely positioned him for this leadership opportunity.

“When I first arrived, Dinsmore occupied one floor. Now, we have nearly 65 attorneys in Louisville spread across multiple floors and practice areas. It’s been fascinating to watch Dinsmore grow in Louisville, and it will be exciting to spearhead our future successes,” said Meyer.

According to Meyer, Dinsmore’s focus on entrepreneurial spirit makes it an attractive destination for attorneys looking to build their practice, which will be a key to growing the Louisville office.

“At Dinsmore, we let attorneys truly take control of their practice,” said Meyer. “Successful attorneys who join us here in Louisville can utilize Dinsmore’s national footprint and gain access to a firm with a broad scope of services that will help them take their practice to the next level.”

Meyer will continue to represent businesses in the litigation of commercial and employment disputes. He has tried a wide variety of cases and litigates trade secret, fiduciary duty, and class action cases. Meyer’s own competitive spirit has never been outweighed by his desire to serve his community. He has a passion for pro-bono work and providing legal assistance to those in need. Meyer has successfully tried three capital murder cases and has also accepted numerous appointments to represent indigent criminal defendants in state and federal courts over the past two decades. Currently, Meyer serves as lead counsel in a case that has garnered national attention involving the handcuffing of two young elementary school children by a school resource officer.

Meyer developed his humility and appreciation for service through experience by having the opportunity to learn from Louisville’s previous office managing partners.

“Jon Fleischaker and John Selent have been amazing mentors for me,” said Meyer. “They taught me that there’s no cookie-cutter way to run an office, and they have leveraged diversity in every sense of the word, which has only increased the strength and potential of our team. It’s an honor to have learned from them and to follow in their footsteps.”

Meyer plans to capitalize on the skills and creativity he learned from his mentors to continue building the team atmosphere in Louisville.

“My goal as a leader is to be as excited about the success of other people on our team as I am about my own,” said Meyer. “I want to acknowledge and celebrate success at every level for our staff.”