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  • David R. Irvin Of Counsel
  • Phone: 859-724-4101

    Fax: 859-233-4642

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David was born November 25, 1943, in Eldorado, Illinois. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky in 1965 and graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1967. Following his admission to the bar, David served as a law clerk to B. T. Moynahan, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, after which he served for just over eight years as United States Magistrate for the Eastern District of Kentucky. He left the bench on January 31, 1980, to enter into private practice.


His practice initially consisted almost entirely of litigation, including business litigation, federal tort claims and the defense of white collar criminal charges, primarily in the federal courts. With the passage of time, his practice transitioned to now focus on the representation of privately held business clients in the railroad, construction, manufacturing and other industries and on the representation of the families who own them.  As a part of that representation, he counsels those families on business succession planning, asset protection strategies, multi-generational trusts, the administration and protection of those trusts, and related matters.


David is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the State of South Dakota, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Fayette County, Jessamine County, Kentucky and South Dakota Bar Associations and is also a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.

Admission Details
  • 1967, Kentucky, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western and Districts of Kentucky and U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • 1976, U.S. Supreme Court
  • 2017, South Dakota
Law School Attended
  • University of Kentucky, J.D., 1967
University Attended
  • University of Kentucky, A.B., 1965
Associations & Memberships
  • Jessamine County, Fayette County and Kentucky (Member, Sections on: Business Law; Civil Litigation) Bar Associations;
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.
Bar Fellowship
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation
Representative Cases
  • Charles T. Creech, Inc. v. Brown, 433 S.W.3d 345 (Ky. 2014)
  • R.J. Corman R.R. Company/Memphis Line v. Palmore, 999 F.2d 149 (6th Cir. 1993)
  • United States v. King, 834 F.2d 109 (6th Cir. 1987)
  • Moynahan v. United States, 620 F. Supp. 277 (E.D. Ky. 1985)