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After years of living in several major Northeastern cities and eight years of practicing law in New York and Boston, I moved to Bowling Green, KY in 2002 when my husband became a faculty member at Western Kentucky University.  I count myself fortunate to be part of a thriving law firm of about 25 attorneys that has a varied practice that reaches across Kentucky.  The breadth of my partners' experience allows me to focus on what I like to do best:  help my clients solve business problems.  Sometimes, those problems have to be solved in court; sometimes, they don't.  I listen to my clients and together, we come up with a strategy to try to get them where they want to go, as efficiently as possible.  

When I am not in the office, you will find me running, reading fiction, cheering on the sidelines of my sons' soccer games, or working on our 100+ year old house.       


Languages spoken: English, French

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 65%
    20 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 25%
    15 years
  3. Appeals: 10%
    20 years

Attorney endorsements

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  • Aaron D Smith

    Kenly works with businesses, particularly in the area of intellectual property. She's very adept at walking business owners through what is necessary to protect their property. Recommended.


    Aaron Smith Civil Rights Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Robert Arthur Young

    Kenly is one of the only attorneys in Western Kentucky who can handle intellectual property matters. She's responsive and handles matters promptly and appropriately.


    Robert Young Medical Malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley LLP

Po Box 770
1101 College Street
Bowling Green, KY, 42102-0770


KYAuthorized to practice law200310/23/2015
NYCurrently registered 199503/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the Year, Commercial Litigation, Bowling Green KYBest Lawyers in America2016
Selected in Commercial and Bet-the-Company LitigationBest Lawyers in America2015
Selected in Commercial and Bet-the-Company LitigationBest Lawyers in America2014
SelectedSuper Lawyers2014
Selected in Commercial and Bet-the-Company LitigationBest Lawyers in America2013
SelectedSuper Lawyers2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerEnglish, Lucas, Priest & Owsley LLP2002 - Present
AttorneyChoate Hall & Stewart1996 - 2002
Clerk to Hon. William ConnerU.S. District Court, Southern District of New York1994 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Leadership KentuckyClass member2010 - 2010
Federal Bar Association, Kentucky ChapterPast President2010 - 2010
United Way of Southern KentuckyBoard Member2009 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Leadership Bowling GreenClass member2004 - 2004
Bowling Green/Warren County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Kentucky Bar Association, Civil Litigation SectionMember2003 - Present
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property SectionMember2003 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2003 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember1996 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Bench and Bar Magazine, Kentucky Bar AssociationPleading Claims in Kentucky State Court After Twombly and Iqbal2015
South Central Business JournalIntellectual Property Basics2007
South Central Business JournalProtecting Your Proprietary Information2006
93 Colum. L. Rev. 1473Beyond Rogers v. Koons: A Fair Use Standard for Appropriation1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of PennsylvaniaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Federal Practice SeminarEthics and E-Discovery Update2010
Annual ConventionBeyond Zubulake: Are the Risks of Sanctions Worth It When Dealing with E-Discovery Issues?2009
Brown Bag LunchNew Rules on Electronic Discovery2007
Annual ConventionDigital Practice: The Rules of Civil Procedure and the Discovery of Electronic Evidence2007