Michael T. Leigh

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Louisville, KY

Kaplan Johnson Abate & Bird LLP
 | 710 West Main Street, 4th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-509-6962
Fax: 502-540-8282
Selected To Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2011
Education: New York Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Securities Litigation (30%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)


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Attorney Profile

A highly regarded trial attorney, Michael T. Leigh is a partner at Louisville, Kentucky-based Kaplan Johnson Abate & Bird LLP. Mr. Leigh practices nationally, providing representation to businesses and individuals in regulatory compliance, corporate governance and fiduciary duty issues, complex civil litigation, and the defense of clients who have been charged by the state or federal government with the commission of white collar crimes. He routinely represents clients in class action litigation across the country. Mr. Leigh is admitted to practice in New York, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

Mr. Leigh's caseload has included the representation of large companies in proceedings before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, among other governmental bodies. Some of his representative matters have involved alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and he has provided advice and counsel to companies that are conducting internal investigations into bribery, embezzlement, and fraud. Mr. Leigh has represented brokerage firms and other financial professionals in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations and investigations, and has represented clients in individual and class actions concerning federal securities violations, breach of fiduciary duty, mergers and acquisitions, contract breaches, and consumer matters. His clients have included financial institutions, company executives, private equity firms, and investment advisers.

Mr. Leigh received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisville in 2007 and graduated magna cum laude from New York Law School in 2010. Prior to joining Kaplan Johnson Abate & Bird LLP, Mr. Leigh was an attorney at a major international law firm in New York and a large regional law firm in Kentucky. He also previously served as a Special Assistant Federal Defender in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Business Litigation
  • 30%Securities Litigation
  • 20%Class Action/Mass Torts
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10%Civil Litigation


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Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020

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About Michael Leigh

Admitted: 2011, Kentucky

Professional Webpage: http://kaplanjohnsonlaw.com/attorneys/michael-t-leigh/


  • Kentucky Super Lawyers – Rising Star, 2018 & 2019
  • Eagle Scout

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Special Assistant Federal Defender in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2013-2014


  • MHS Capital LLC v. Goggin et al., Case No. 2017–0449–SG, 2018 WL 2149718 (Del. Ch. Ct. 2018).
  • Abbit v. ING USA Annuity & Life Ins. Co., 252 F. Supp. 3d 999 (S.D. Cal. 2017)
  • MHS Capital LLC v. Goggin et al., Case No. 652956/2015 (N.Y. Supreme Court, Commercial Division, New York County, May 2, 2017)
  • Abbit v. ING USA Annuity & Life Ins. Co., 2016 WL 4542204, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117630 (S.D. Cal., Case No. 3:13-cv-02310, Aug. 20, 2016)
  • Edelman v. Protective Life Corporation et al., No. 01-Civ-2014-90247400 (Ala. Cir. Ct. Jeff. Co. Sept. 19, 2014)
  • Lema v. Zumba et al., No. 57429/11 (N.Y. Civ. Ct. Sept. 25, 2012)
  • Ramirez v. Hertz Global holdings, Inc., 2:13-cv-7050 (D.N.J. Oct. 8, 2014)
  • Boda v. Phelan et al., 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 104955, 2014 WL 3756300 (E.D.N.Y., No. 11-Civ-28, July 30, 2014)

Educational Background:

  • University of Louisville, B.S., Political Science, 2007
  • New York Law School, 2010
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Office Location for Michael T. Leigh

710 West Main Street
4th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: 502-509-6962

Fax: 502-540-8282

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Last Updated: 10/19/2019

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