What is now Sewell & Neal, PLLC began in March of 1995. Our founder Peter Sewell left an established civil defense firm to start Sewell & Associates. Mike Neal, a former Navy officer and JAG lawyer, joined him. Pete’s wife Cathy, who had left a medium sized firm to find better work-life balance when their daughter was born, rounded out the initial team. Their first day in our new office in the Starks building found Pete starting a jury trial while their newly hired administrative assistant used a cardboard box for her desk.
Those humble beginnings reflect a “blue collar” work ethic that has continued to the present day with our firm. Pete worked as a carpenter starting in high school and had intended to become a home builder upon college graduation. The economy and the interest rates at that time nixed that dream. After working a year as a carpentry foreman during the initial construction of the Kentucky Horse Park, he entered the University of Kentucky College of Law with Cathy. They later married, moved to Louisville after graduation in 1980, and went to work for different firms. Besides wanting to open their own office, they also saw the need to use what was then an evolving computer technology in order to be successful in a civil defense practice.
Over the years Pete and Cathy have tried several cases together. Judges and juries seemed to enjoy the experience of a husband/wife trial team. In that same period, the firm as sought out experienced and dedicated trial lawyers to join the firm and re-establish the role of jury trials in civil cases. Collectively, those attorneys have tried well over 100 civil trials in state and federal courts on all matters from automobile accidents to complicated toxic tort matters, and everything in between. The firm harnesses those same blue collar beginnings today to provide exceptional legal services to the insurance industry in all aspects of civil litigation. We do so by leveraging sophisticated case management software to engage our clients and their insurers in the defense process from beginning to end.
Today, Sewell & Neal, PLLC is an AV rated firm of attorneys who have been recognized as SuperLawyers for several years. Our firm is recognized by A.M. Best as a mainstay of the insurance bar, and many of our lawyers are recognized as some of the pre-eminent figures in their respective fields. We defend individuals and businesses in wrongful death, products liability, personal injury, workers’ compensation, insurance coverage, and toxic/mass tort litigation throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Our mission is to efficiently provide the highest quality legal services for individuals, companies, and insurers with impeccable integrity.
220 W. Main Street
Suite 1800, LG&E Center
Louisville, Kentucky 40202