Lisa E. Underwood: Lawyer with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP

Lisa E. Underwood

Lexington,  KY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Equine & Gaming
  • Data Privacy & Security
  • Governmental Affairs & Regulated Industries
University Sewanee - The University of the South, B.A., Economics, 1981
Law SchoolUniversity of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 1984 Articles Editor, Kentucky Law Journal
Admitted1984, Tennessee; 1987, Kentucky

Professional Activities and Memberships

#8226;Fayette County Bar Association

#8226;Kentucky Bar Association

#8226;International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

BornLexington, Kentucky, January 13, 1960

Lisa Underwood leads the Firm's Data Privacy & Security Team, bringing together the firm's experience in privacy and security in banking, healthcare and other industries in order to provide legal assistance on data security and breaches for clients across a multitude of industries. She also leads the Firm's Equine and Gaming Team and is a member of the Firm's Corporate and Securities Service Team. Ms. Underwood represents businesses in pari-mutuel and data privacy and security matters, as well as legislative, administrative law and regulatory initiatives. She concentrates her practice in various areas of business law, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, advising startups, and representing closely held businesses in connection with their investment in such businesses including due diligence, deal structure, negotiation, documentation and closing of transactions. She also has significant experience in negotiating and drafting government contracts.

Professional Experience

#8226;Executive Director, Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

#8226;Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Protection and Acting General Counsel, Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

#8226;Senior Corporate Counsel, Mason & Hanger


#8226;Highest Professional AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

#8226;2009 Association of Racing Commissioners International Len Foote Award for Executive Director of the Year


#8226;Kentucky House Bill 5, Cyber Security Summit Kentucky 2014 Prevention and Response - Protecting Your Organization From Cyber Threats and Security Breaches, US Department of Homeland Security and Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, Lexington, KY, October 6, 2014.

#8226;Cyber Security and Data Protection Seminar, co-presenter with Roz Cordini and Ann Feldkamp Triebsch, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Louisville, KY, June 26, 2014.

#8226;Data Privacy and Security Today, co-presenter with Erin McMahon and Martha Ziskind, WTC In-House Counsel Seminar, Louisville, KY, June 17, 2014.

#8226;Legal Responsibilities and Liabilities for Boards and Board Members, June 2014.

#8226;Hackers, Thefts, and Losses: Oh My! Data Breaches Today, co-presenter with Erin McMahon, Wyatt Corporate Counsel Seminar, Memphis, TN, April 16, 2014.

#8226;Recent presentations in Lexington and Louisville to profit and nonprofit organizations on The Legal Responsibility of Boards of Directors.

#8226;Frequent speaker at the University of Louisville, Racing Officials Accreditation program.

#8226;Regulatory Reform for a Changing Environment for the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, Symposium on Racing and Gaming.


#8226;Legal Aspects of Horse Farm Operations (4th ed. 2014), University of Kentucky College of Law, Office of Continuing Legal Education, Compiler and Contributing Author.

#8226;Ms. Underwood was frequently quoted in the Bloodhorse, Daily Racing Form and other publications during her tenure as Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

#8226;Quoted in Business First on new Security Breach Legislation.

#8226;Quoted in GamblingCompliance article U.S. Racing Eyes Triple Crown Boost.

Civic Involvement

#8226;Member, Board of Directors of Commerce Lexington

#8226;Member, Board of Directors of Chamber Music Festival of Lexington

#8226;Member, Welfare and Safety Summit Education and Licensing Committee

#8226;Leadership Lexington, Class of 1992

Former Involvement:

#8226;Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Children's Charity Fund of the Bluegrass, Inc.

#8226;Treasurer and Member, Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Sayre School, Lexington, KY

#8226;Member, Kentucky Bankers Association

#8226;Member, Lexington Venture Club

#8226;Vice-President and Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee of International Book Project, Inc.

#8226;President, Alumni Association Sayre School, Lexington, KY

#8226;Member, Lexington Forum

#8226;Media Coordinator, Barnstable-Brown Gala on Derby Eve in Louisville, Kentucky

Related News

#8226;Lisa Underwood featured in Louisville Business First on cyber security legislation

#8226;Wyatt Wrote the Book on Horse Farm Law

#8226;Lisa Underwood quoted in GamblingCompliance article, U.S. Racing Eyes Triple Crown Boost

#8226;Lisa Underwood featured in Louisville Business First on new security breach legislation

#8226;Kentucky Enacts New Data Breach Law Requiring Data Security Requirements, Investigation and Data Breach Notice Requirements

Related Events

#8226;Cyber Security Summitt Kentucky 2014

#8226;Data Security and Privacy Issues for Business Clients

#8226;Cyber Security and Data Protection Seminar

#8226;Corporate Governance and Advisory Oversight


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Kentucky Enacts New Data Breach Law Requiring Data Security Requirements, Investigation and Data Breach Notice Requirements
Lisa E. Underwood, June 3, 2014
In response to the Client Update on the two new Kentucky data breach bills, we have received several inquiries about HB 5 and thought it would be helpful to provide another Client Update with answers to some commonly asked questions.

Internet Explorer Issues Patch to Fix Cyber Risk - April’s “Lessons Learned” for CIOs
Kathie McDonald-McClure,Lisa E. Underwood, May 14, 2014
On May 1, 2014, Microsoft released a critical security update announcing a patch for all versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), including the XP version, which contained a security flaw making computers and their networks highly vulnerable to malicious hacker attacks. The patch, which fixes...

Websites with OpenSSL encryption vulnerable to Heartbleed
Kathie McDonald-McClure,Erin Brisbay McMahon,Lisa E. Underwood, April 28, 2014
CYBER RISK ALERT! Just when we thought we were safe online while using websites that display the key security “https” in the URL, we learn that nothing could be further from reality. On April 7, 2014, security researchers at Codenomicon announced the discovery of a flaw in the OpenSSL...

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Lisa E. Underwood

250 West Main Street, Suite 1600
LexingtonKY 40507


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