Glenn D. Denton, Attorney Lawyer, Paducah, KentuckyPartner

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Glenn David Denton began his legal career on July 31, 1995.  Graduating from Paducah Tilghman High School, Centre College, and Chase College of Law, he returned to Paducah to practice with his father and the staff that watched him grow up.  After twenty plus years, a broad range of legal experiences, and more than fifteen trials to verdict, he enjoys providing legal services and advice to clients today more than ever.  Glenn focuses much of his time on litigation.  However, he counsels with clients regularly on how to avoid litigation and solve their problems before ending up in court.  Glenn represents individuals, small business owners, corporations, cities, and counties on a regular basis.  He takes his role as a counselor as seriously as his role as a litigator.  He is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court as well as federal and state courts throughout Kentucky and Illinois.  He frequently serves as local counsel to out-of-state attorneys practicing in the region. From the purchase of a home, to a will contest, to courtroom litigation between competitors, to the defense of big businesses, Glenn has handled all types of legal matters in western Kentucky and Southern Illinois.  In 2005, he was awarded the Chase Alumni Association’s Outstanding Recent Alumnus award.

Through his civic work, Glenn knows the Jackson Purchase region and the Commonwealth of Kentucky well.  Early in his career, he taught real estate law as an adjunct professor at the local community college.  Glenn is a past chairman of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce and Paducah-McCracken County Convention and Visitors Board.  He serves on the board of directors for Paducah Bank & Trust Company which has over $500 million in assets.  He also serves as treasurer and audit and finance committee chairman for the board for Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky which provides legal malpractice insurance to lawyers throughout Kentucky.  In 2008, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear appointed Glenn to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education which is responsible for coordinating higher education in the Commonwealth.  He was re-appointed to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education in 2012 and confirmed both times by the Kentucky General Assembly. He served as the Council’s chair for two years before his term ended in 2017.

Glenn is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel.  IADC is an invitation-only professional association for corporate and insurance defense attorneys throughout the world.  Members are distinguished partners in large and small law firms, senior counsel in corporate and insurance law departments, and insurance executives.

Glenn lives in the Wallace Park neighborhood of Paducah.  He and his wife Heather Hallmark Denton, who is also an attorney, have two children.

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Representative Assignments and Cases

  • Represented the owner of a racetrack in condemnation litigation filed against it by the Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Successfully represented a family-owned gun shop when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms attempted to revoke its license to sell guns
  • Secured a defense verdict for a small business owner when her competitor brought suit on claims pertaining to business torts in an attempt to halt the start-up of her new business
  • Obtained dismissals and summary judgments on behalf of various cities pertaining to personal injury claims brought against them
  • Successfully argued before the Kentucky Court of Appeals when a state licensing board tried to revoke a health professional’s license to do business
  • Represented a nationally-based, interactive marketing company in its sale to a Silicon Valley-based venture capital company
  • Guided a local client with a multi-state presence to the successful conclusion of trademark litigation brought against it, including hiring an out-of-state law firm for litigation services
  • Tried a mobile home fire case to jury verdict and mitigated the damages sought from his client
  • Tried three real estate cases to verdict involving issues pertaining to a boundary line, an easement and a farm lease, respectively
  • Successfully settled an employment case brought directly by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against a local employer
  • Served as local counsel for large corporations in an alleged benzene personal injury case brought in state court ending with summary judgment being granted to all defendants
  • Successfully defended a will contest case and obtained a judgment on a counter-claim for defamation

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • Admitted to Practice in Kentucky
  • Admitted to Practice in Illinois

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • McCracken County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Chase College of Law Alumni Association

Professional/Personal Achievements

Seminars Presented

  • Paducah Economic Development – Entre Paducah, “New Overtime Regulations: You Read The Articles, But You Still Have Questions”, July 2016
  • McCracken County Bar Association, “Closing a Kentucky Law Office,” January 2014
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, “Credit Abuse Resistance Education” (C.A.R.E.), Paducah Tilghman High School, May 23, 2013
  • ICC Property Maintenance Training Workshop, December 14, 2015 on property maintenance issues facing Kentucky cities


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