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Bruce Alan Brightwell

Medicaid and medicare Attorney at Louisville, KY

4.8   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Indiana - IN 31 years
    Kentucky - KY 31 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1992
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State KY
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Bruce

Learn Bruce’s areas of practice.


I am licensed in both Kentucky and Indiana and actively practice in both states. Prior to focusing on estate planning and elder law, I had an extensive background in litigation, having handled cases in trials, and on appeal, in both states. This background allows me to  help fully protect my client's interests when necessary.


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The building where the Louisville office is located.
The New Albany Office.


Sturm, Paletti & Peter, PLLC
713 E. Market Street
Suite 100
Louisville, KY, 40202
Bruce Alan Brightwell
1212 State Street
New Albany, IN, 47150
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4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Bridget | March 20, 2015
Did great job. No always returned phone calls when messages left with answering service. Did respone when emailed Paralegal Becky was excellent and very responsive
Posted by Otis | March 11, 2015
Corporate Work
Bruce has helped me personally in a partnership dispute and with his expertise we defeated this unless lawsuit. Since that case I have used him in my business and property management concerns and each time his wisdom has been extremely valuable. No one looks forward to getting a bill from an Attorney - but Bruce is well with every penny and with that being said he is VERY reasonable and fair. Happy for anyone to call or email me for more detail information.
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wonderful Attorney!!!!!
I live in Manchester, KY where lawyers do what they want, and act like it's okay. Our town is so crooked that they do illegal things often. A lawyer sent a paper home with my mom for me to sign, and I had no knowledge of what I was signing. He then told her to bring it back to him to notarize and file away. Bruce gave me the advice I needed to know what is illegal and legal with the law. Otherwise, I would have had land taken from me and wouldn't have known it. Bruce saved me!!! Thank you so much Bruce!!!!! Bruce responded to my question in record breaking time! That means so much when you're stressed out and don't know what to do. What a wonderful attorney!!!!!
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Posted by Debbie | March 22, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank You . . .
I appreciate Mr. Brightwell responding to my question. Will follow his advice. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2015
Trustworthy Lawyer
Mr. Brightwell was very helpful in dealing with a domestic situation. He advised me in how to effectively collect evidence to best support my case. Mr. Brightwell was also available to answer any questions I had about the process which helped to resolve some of my anxiety.


  • Hourly Rates $ 195-225 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Sole Practitioner/ Owner
  • Brightwell Probate & Elder Law
  • 1998 - Present


  • Indiana University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Indiana University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Yeager v. McLellan, 177 S.W.3d 807
  • Settled


  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member of Editorial Board, NAELA Law Journal
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association, TIPS Appellate Committee
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Louisville Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Section
  • Chair
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Louisville Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Chair
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Louisville Bar Association, Professional Responsibility Committee
  • Member
  • 1996 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Continuing Legal Education Award
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • 2004
  • President's Award
  • American College of Legal Medicine
  • 2003
  • Continuing Legal Education Award
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • 2003
  • Pro bono Service Award
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • 1997
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  • NAELA Journal
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Volume 12 Fall 2016 Number 2
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Elder Law CLE
  • Ethics in Estate Planning and Elder Law
  • 2016
  • NAELA Annual Conference
  • Law Office Technology
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Bruce
Unknown Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is extremely knowledgeable in his area of practice. He truly cares about his clients and their best interests. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Bruce on several matters. I don't think any client could ask for more from any lawyer!"
Louisville Medicaid and medicare Lawyer Bruce Alan Brightwell
Bruce Alan Brightwell
Medicaid and medicare Attorney
Louisville, KY
Licensed for 31 years