AttorneysKatherine Lacy Crosby Brian F. Haara Dustin E. Meek Adam K. Neel Jon Salomon David Tachau Melissa M. Whitehead
Brian primarily serves the trial and litigation needs of clients in the financial services and insurance industries. He has worked with individuals and businesses on commercial litigation matters such as contract disputes and agency, banking, health care, insurance and employment cases, including the defense of professionals under errors and omissions, directors and officers and employment practices liability policies. Brian also represents insurers in coverage, fraud and arson matters throughout Kentucky.
As part of his practice, Brian regularly litigates non-compete, unfair competition, trade secret and breach of fiduciary duty cases, including injunction hearings, in state and federal courts in both Kentucky and Indiana. Brian also has been consulted in restrictive covenant matters in numerous other states.
Brian’s practice also includes land-use planning litigation, receiverships and other real property disputes.
AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell®
Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2011-2017
The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013-2017
Best Lawyers® 2016 Louisville Litigation – Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year”
Brian received his undergraduate degree from Alma College (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa 1993), and his law school degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law (J.D., 1996).
Brian is admitted to the Kentucky (1996) and Indiana (1997) bars, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana.
Some of Brian’s recent career highlights as lead trial counsel include:
• Securing a substantial jury verdict against an international franchisor for wrongful termination of a client’s franchise agreement;
• Successfully arguing to extend an arbitration provision to protect a non-party insurer in the Kentucky Court of Appeals;
• Securing numerous injunctions against employees who use confidential information or trade secrets, or who otherwise violate their restrictive covenants or who unfairly compete with their former employers;
• Successfully defending against former employers’ efforts to enforce inequitable restrictive covenants;
• Successfully obtaining summary judgment in numerous insurance and banking matters.
Community and Personal Activities
In February 2013, Brian was appointed by the Chief Judges of the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky as the Chair of the Joint Local Rules Commission. The Commission is comprised of District Court Judges and at-large members appointed by the Kentucky Bar Association. The Commission strives to provide standardized procedures for the convenience of the bench and bar, and ensures continuing continuity, clarity and modernity of the Joint Local Rules.
In 2007, Brian was named one of Louisville’s “Forty Under 40” by Business First, an award recognizing Brian as one of the top forty business leaders in the Louisville area under the age of 40. Brian currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Kentucky Humane Society, coaches basketball for elementary students, and serves on the St. Patrick School Foundation. Brian also recently concluded eleven years of service on the Board of Directors of Zoom Group (formerly known as Louisville Diversified Services), a United Way agency that is Kentucky’s largest provider of vocational services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and seven years of service on the Finance Council of his church.
Brian is married and has two children.