ATTORNEY PROFILEPatricia A. Abell
- Kentucky 1983
- U.S. Federal District Court Western District of Kentucky
- U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
- University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law, J.D., 1983
- University of Louisville, B.S., with honors, 1979
Kentucky does not certify specialties of legal practice.
Patricia Abell is a lifelong resident, of Louisville, Kentucky. She attended Presentation Academy and then went to the University of Louisville where she graduated with honors, receiving a bachelor’s degree. She continued her studies, graduating from University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law. No stranger to hard work and dedication, Patricia put herself through college and law school; splitting her time between work and her studies. After being admitted to the practice of law, she served as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, rapidly gaining trial experience. Patricia then moved to the private sector where she continued gaining litigation experience in the areas of employment discrimination, contracts, insurance, personal injury, general business matters and complex litigation. She also practiced administrative law, putting her trial experience to good use at administrative hearings. For example, she began representing employers and employees in unemployment hearings and appeals during this period.
After working at several boutique law firms, Patricia opened her own practice. Her goal was to provide quality legal services for a reasonable fee. Patricia is proud of the fact that she provides personal, high quality, legal services. Her clients are never shunted off to a paralegal, secretary or junior associate. She carefully screens her cases and does not take every case that walks through the door. Potential clients are often surprised when they are told that their case will not be accepted. When asked about this, Patricia says, “This isn’t a litigation mill, I don’t do a volume business. Those types of law firms serve a purpose, but one of the downsides is that the attorneys have so many cases they have to rely upon secretaries and paralegals to be the primary client contact. I am committed to providing personal service and this requires that I limit the number of cases that I take; therefore, I focus on quality not quantity. I tell my clients that my policy is to personally return their call by the next business day – and this is what they expect. My experience and this practice model allows me to go toe to toe with the opposition on my clients’ behalf; even when the opposition hires a big, high powered law firm.”
Patricia is committed to keeping her clients involved and well informed about their case. She believes that effective litigation requires a team effort between the client and the attorney. Patricia makes the legal decisions, consults with and advises her clients about the strengths and weaknesses of their case and makes recommendations; but she always keeps in mind that this is the client’s case. When asked why she keeps her clients so involved, she says, “I get paid to know the law, but no one knows the facts of a case better than the client. Their information and input is essential to building an effective case. Once we get to trial the lawyers ask the questions, make objections and argue the case; but the client has the hardest job. They have to be ready to tell the judge and jury the facts of their case. The case is decided based on those facts. I can’t imagine not having my client involved!”
Patricia A. Abell has a general practice and handles a variety of cases. However, she concentrates her practice on employment, business and probate law.