Richard A. Getty

(859) 259-1900 Ext. 217

Richard A. Getty, Managing Member was admitted to the Bar in Ohio in 1974 and in Kentucky in 1977.  He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Fourth, and Fifth Circuits and before the District of Columbia Circuit, as well as the District Courts for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, Western District of Michigan and District of Colorado and has been admitted to the Southern District of West Virginia, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, Western District of Pennsylvania, and the Southern District of New York and the District of Delaware.  His practice involves cases before the Courts of Kentucky as well as numerous other jurisdictions.  He has also handled international commercial arbitrations, including before the International Court of Justice and has appeared in Courts in England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and Switzerland.

Mr. Getty received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky (B.A. 1971) and graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law (J.D. 1974).  He was a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, the Order of Barristers, and served on the staff of the Kentucky Law Journal (1972-1974) as a Candidacy Board Editor.  He was a member of the National Moot Court Team (1973-1974) and served as the President of the Moot Court Board.  Mr. Getty has taught numerous civil procedure and trial advocacy courses, including serving as a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Business Litigation, and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the RICO Law Reporter.  He co-authored “Kentucky Corporation Law and Practice,” Prentice-Hall (1992), and has written numerous articles, including “Recent Changes in the Kentucky Securities Law,” 61 Kentucky Law Journal 1003 (1973); “The Civil RICO Action – A New Weapon for Use in Securities and Commercial Fraud Cases,” Matthew Bender & Co., Inc. (1984); “The Preparation of a Civil RICO Action,” 6 RICO Law Reporter 1 (July 1987); “Is It The Result That Really Counts? An Analysis Of Holmes v. SIPC,” 15 RICO Law Reporter 4,683 (April 1992). Mr. Getty is a Member of the Cleveland Metropolitan, Louisville, Fayette County, Ohio State and Kentucky Bars, as well as the American Bar Association.

After returning to Kentucky in 1977, Mr. Getty was a Partner of the Lexington office of Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald for fifteen years, practicing in both Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, before he opened the Lexington office for what was then Frost & Jacobs and served as a partner with that firm for seven years.  In 1994, Mr. Getty merged his practice with the second largest firm in West Virginia, forming Bowles, Rice, McDavid, Graff, Love & Getty.

In 1998, Mr. Getty formed his own firm, the present form of which is The Getty Law Group, PLLC.  The Getty Law Group includes Mr. Getty and ten other attorneys, all of whom have achieved academic success while in undergraduate school or law school in various ways, such as obtaining Order of the Coif status or serving on their respective Law Reviews.

Mr. Getty limits his trial practice to business and commercial litigation with an emphasis on mineral litigation, equine litigation, securities litigation, construction litigation, and international arbitrations.  He also devotes some time to transactional work, including the representation of companies based in Europe, principally Italy, who have moved or opened operations in North America. He is fluent in Italian.  Mr. Getty serves as principal trial counsel for matters on behalf of two large Kentucky-based financial institutions, a significant number of owners and breeders involved in the thoroughbred business, and a number of coal producing or mineral holding entities involved in the coal industry.

He has obtained a significant number of multi-million dollar jury verdicts and has successfully defended multi-million dollar commercial/business litigation disputes on behalf of a number of significant businesses or industries located in Kentucky or other parts of the United States.  A major portion of his practice is devoted to representing coal producing entities in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee.  He has successfully tried several dozen jury cases in Eastern Kentucky alone, along with numerous other cases in other federal or state counts.  He has also acted as lead counsel in a number of class action litigation matters, including the certification of the class of Vioxx consumers seeking reimbursement of monies spent on purchasing the drug – the first class of its kind certified in the United States.

In his spare time, Mr. Getty enjoys bird hunting, including an annual pheasant hunt in the private reserve of his Italian relatives in the Appennini of Emilia-Romagna. He has also hunted cinghiale/wild boar in Tuscany.  He also enjoys sparring/boxing at a local gym where he helps instruct and train young underprivileged boys.  Mr. Getty was an amateur Golden Gloves boxer in his youth.

The goal of Richard Getty and each attorney in The Getty Law Group is to provide the highest quality legal services in the most efficient and cost productive manner.
100 West Main Street, Suite 200, Lexington, KY
(859) 259-1900

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