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Mike is a native of Cleveland Ohio where he attended St. Ignatius High School. He went on to complete his undergraduate studies at nationally ranked College of the Holy Cross, which he graduated from in 1982. Mike then attended law school and received his JD from American University's Washington College of Law.


Mike concentrates his practice in the business law arena, devoting most of his time in the following two areas: (i) general business and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on the rights and duties of shareholders, directors, officers and employees of businesses; and (ii) preparing the necessary documentation concerning the formation and operation of businesses, including business formation agreements and all types of contractual agreements needed by businesses in the course of their operations. During the course of his career, Mike has successfully represented clients in many jury and bench trials, acting as the first chair attorney in most of these cases. All told, Mike has litigated hundreds of cases involving millions of dollars, including cases seeking preliminary or injunctive relief. Mike believes that he brings a unique perspective to the practice of law in the business arena because his substantial litigation experience helps him anticipate issues that may arise in the contractual documents which he often prepares for clients.

Mike is also active in the community. 
He served as President of the Board of Directors of Harbor House of Louisville, a nonprofit entity serving the needs of developmentally disabled individuals in the community, during the years 2011 and 2012 and currently remains a board member on HH's executive committee. He also coached football and lacrosse on a variety of levels over a 10 year period. Mike is a devotee of outdoor sports including skiing and mountain climbing/biking.

Specialties: Representing clients of all sizes in business litigation and transactional matters, including intellectual property, securities, corporate governance, white collar criminal and employment cases. 

Mike and his firm are AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. He has also been named in Louisville magazine's Top Lawyers list and is admitted to Kentucky SuperLawyers.


Languages spoken: French, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Business: 50%
    29 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Investment Fraud: 20%
    29 years, 100 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    29 years, 50 cases
  4. Employment: 10%
    29 years, 200 cases
  5. Securities Offerings: 10%
    29 years, 20 cases



Hourly ($250-295/hour), contingent (30-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Nick Curtis Thompson

    I have known of Michael Valenti for some time before we ever worked together on a project. My wife as Vice President of Commonwealth Bank's Mortgage Division has also known Michael. Michael can take and give advise. His practice has evolved over the years into the go to firm for businesses that need to set up, maintain or wind down operations or that are involved in litigation. He has shown his expertise in complex litigation and trials. Very few lawyers have his skill level, ability to get along with others or devotion to family and clients. I don't know of any other lawyer in Kentucky I think more of than him.


    Nick Thompson Foreclosure Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Valenti Hanley PLLC

1 Riverfront Plaza Suite 1950
401 West Main Street
Louisville, KY, 40202


KYAuthorized to practice law198708/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Named to Top LawyersLouisville Magazine2013
Charitable Service AwardHarbor House Of Louisville2012
Election ToKentucky Super Lawyers2011
Donated legal Services AwardKentucky Bar Association1996
Continuing Legal Education AwardKentucky Bar Association1994
Diploma:Trial Advocacy SkillsNational Institute for Trial Advocacy1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding Member/Senior PartnerValenti Hanley & Robinson, PLLC1998 - Present
PartnerHirn Reed & Haper1987 - 1997
AssociateGreenebaum Doll & McDonald, PLLC1986 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Seventh Judicial District Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Kentucky Super LawyersMember2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Kentucky Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember1987 - Present
Louisville Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
AchievementsClients were pleased with results in cases listed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Kentucky Municipal Law ReviewThe Narrowing Scope of "Public Purpose" Land Condemnation in Kentucky1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Murray County Bar AssociationBusiness Law Review1989