Michael A. Breen

Bowling Green, KY
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Michael A. Breen

Founding Partner
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Phone: 270-282-0144
Fax: 270-782-3855
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Mike Breen began his career in the law in 1983 after graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Mike knew early on that he wanted to represent people who had been harmed by others, like corporations and insurance companies. However, he felt that the best way to become really good at this was to learn things from the inside out: so he actually did insurance defense as a lawyer early in his career. This gave him valuable insights into how cases ought to be handled, and how insurance companies work.

After spending years learning about the needs of those who had become victims and learning the best ways to help them with their claims, Mike started his own law firm in 1991. His philosophy when he started is still the same: deliver the very best service to his clients during the difficult times in their lives, they need it and deserve it. This simple philosophy has helped thousands of people, and led to the rapid growth of a firm that has never forgotten its mission. Mike insists on the very best from his staff, and he will tell you his staff is the very best in the Commonwealth.

Mike’s career has been marked by a number of noteworthy accomplishments. In 1995 Mike was certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mike also enjoys speaking and writing on the law. In 1996 Mike published a book on insurance called Bad Faith in Kentucky: a Primer. It is the leading work on the subject. Mike frequently gives professional presentations to fellow attorneys on insurance practices, and does consulting work on those issues. He hosted a radio talk show for four years called “The Legal Scene with Mike Breen.” Mike also wrote a guest column for The Park City Daily News called “Legally Speaking”.

In 1996 Mike received his “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service. It is the highest ranking a lawyer can receive.

Mike’s firm handles any type of legal claim involving personal injury, including automobile accidents, insurance claims, injuries from defective products, river injuries, wrongful death, truck/semi-tractor accidents, and farm accidents.

Areas of Practice

Personal Injury
Car Accidents
Wrongful Death
Tractor Trailer Accidents
Brain Injury
Birth Injury & Cerebral Palsy
Serious & Catastrophic Injuries
Medical Malpractice
Medication Errors
Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse
Medical Devices and Prescription Drugs
Defective and Harmful Products
Product Liability
Veterans Disability Benefits
Insurance Bad Faith

Certified Legal Specialties

Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

Kentucky, 1983
Tennessee, 2006
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1984
U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1995
U.S. Supreme Court, 2002


University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
J.D. – 1983
Reformed Theological Seminary , 2004 to present, M.A.R. Program
ATLA Ultimate Trial Advocacy College – 1993
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
B.A. – 1980
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa
Exeter College, Oxford University, Oxford, England
English Speaking Union Scholar – 1979

Published Works

Author: “Bad Faith in Kentucky: A Primer”, KATA, 1996
Guest Column, Legally Speaking, The Park City Daily News
Author: “Duty to Foresee and Forewarn of Violent Behavior: A Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Perspective,” School Violence in America, American Psychiatric Press (2000)
“Bad Faith Update: Six Essential Cases,” Bench & Bar, March 2002, Kentucky Bar Association
“A Practitioner’s Primer for the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act,” Bench & Bar, November, 2005, Kentucky Bar Association
“’We Have Seen the Enemy and He is Us,’ An Essay on Sovereign Immunity in Kentucky” Bench & Bar, March, 2008, Kentucky Bar Association

Representative Cases

Earle v . Cobb, 156 S.W.3d 257 (Ky. 2005)
York v. Ky. Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co., 156 S.W.3d 291 (Ky. 2005)
Pearson v. National Feeding Systems, 90 S.W.3d 46 (Ky. 2002)
James v. Wilson, 95 S.W.3d 875 (Ky. App. 2002)
James v. Meow Media, 300 F. 3d 683 (6th. Cir. 2002)
Yanero v. Davis, 65 S.W. 3d 510 (Ky. 2001)
Arnold v. Commonwealth of Kentucky, 62 S.W. 3d 366 (Ky.2001)
James v. Shadoan, 58 S.W.3d 884 (Ky. 2001)
Davidson v. American Freightways, Inc., 25 S.W.3d 94 (Ky.2000)
Matthews v. G & B Trucking, 987 S.W.2d 328 (Ky.App.1998)
James v. Hines, 63 S.W.3d 602 (Ky. 1998)
Guaranty National Insurance Co. v. George, 953 S.W.2d 946 (Ky.1997)
Baseheart v. Life Ins. Co. of North America, 960 F.Supp. 1210 (W.D. Ky.1997)
Maxon Marine v. Director, Office, Workers Comp. 63 F.3d 605 (7th Cir. 1995)
Grant v. State Farm, 896 S.W.2d 24 (Ky.App.1995)
Miller v. United States Fidelity & Guaranty, 909 S.W.2d 339 (Ky.App.1995)
Tomes v. Nationwide Ins. Co., 825 S.W.2d 284 (Ky.App.1991)
Sweasy v. King’s Daughter’s Memorial Hospital, 771 S.W.2d 812 (Ky.1989)


The Legal Scene with Mike Breen, Radio Talk Show
Lecturer: “Tracing Non-marital Property”, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, 1985
Lecturer: “Pre-Complaint Practice and Procedure for Young Attorneys”, Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, 1991
Lecturer: “Civil Litigation Skills for Young Attorneys”, Kentucky Bar Association Practical Skills Institute, 1991
Lecturer: “Use of Computers in the Practice of Law”, District Bar Meeting, Kentucky Bar Association, September, November, 1993
Lecturer: “Masters in Trial Advocacy: Bad Faith in Kentucky”, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, April, 1995
Lecturer: “Bad Faith Law in Kentucky”, District Bar Meeting, Kentucky Bar Association, September, November, 1995
Lecturer: “Bad Faith Law in Kentucky”, Kentucky Bar Association Mid-Winter Convention, January, 1996
Lecturer: “Independent Medical Examinations”, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, June, 1996
Lecturer: “Bad Faith Litigation in Kentucky”, National Business Institute, January, 1997
Lecturer: “Handling the Bad Faith Case in Kentucky”, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, June, 1997
Program Chair and Speaker: “The 90’s and Beyond: A Look at How Insurers Value Claims”, March, 1998
Program Chair and Speaker: “Presenting and Defending Bad Faith and Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Cases:, Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, June, 1998
Program Chair and Speaker: ” The Duty to Forewarn of Violent Behavior”, American Psychiatric Association, Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, May, 2000
NBI: Bad Faith Law in Kentucky, Louisville and Lexington (All day seminars), February 1, 1999 – February 31, 1999
Master Advocacy Program: Direct Examination of Expert Witnesses, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, 1999
Practicing a Bad Faith Case: What you Need to Discover: i.e., the Down and Dirty Work, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2002

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyers – Kentucky, 2012 – 2016
Top 100 Trial Lawyers – Kentucky
Top Lawyers in Kentucky
Martindale-Huibbell AV Rating – 20 year recipient

Professional Associations and Memberships

Kentucky Bar Association
American Bar Association
Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys
State Bar of Tennesee
Bench & Bar Magazine, Editorial Board

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Mike Breen Attorney at Law, P.S.C.