Perry Mack Bentley

Perry Mack Bentley: Attorney with Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC AV stamp icon
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Perry is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and has been with the firm since 1984. He serves as Chair of the Tort, Trial & Insurance Services practice and Co-Chair of the Arbitration & Mediation practice.

Perry is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Among the highlights of Perry’s career is being named a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum , a distinction for trial lawyers who receive a verdict or settlement of one million dollars or more. Among his multi-million verdicts/settlements wasa seven-week trial that followed an explosion that destroyed his client’s factory. He secured a compensatory award of $122 million, believed to be the largest in Kentucky history. The verdict included damages for the destruction of the plant and lost profits. The jury also awarded $1.3 million in punitive damages.

For his work on behalf of his manufacturing client, and many other legal accomplishments at SKO, Perry has been named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Best Lawyers in America peer-review publication for four consecutive years. In 2019, he was named by Super Lawyers as being considered one of Kentucky’s Top 50 lawyers.

Prior to practicing law, Perry was a certified public accountant.

Tort, Trial & Insurance Services: Perry focuses on professional negligence (non-medical), personal injury, products liability, fire and explosion, insurance coverage and defense, insurer insolvency/rehabilitation and insurance bad faith. He represents clients in all aspects of litigation, from initial investigation and discovery to trial and appeal..

Arbitration & Mediation: Perry also acts as a mediator in a variety of cases ranging from personal injury to professional negligence and complex business disputes.


•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Benchmark Litigation: Local Litigation Star-Insurance, 2013-2017
•Best Lawyers in America , Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
•Kentucky Super Lawyers , 2007-present
The American Trial Lawyers Association: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2007

Work Highlights

Wrongful Death: Domestic Violence

Estate of Amanda Ross v. Steven R. Nunn, Fayette Circuit Court, Civil Action No. 09-CI-05104. Obtained a judgment against Steven R. Nunn in the amount of $24,253,298.85 for the wrongful death of Amanda Ross. The trial team has pursued foreclosure of Nunn's real property, garnishment of...

Related Practices: Tort, Trial & Insurance Services

Insurance Bad Faith

Sazegari v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co., 2008 U.S. Dist LEXIS 54822 (W.D. Ky. 2008), aff’d, No. 08-5990, 08-6015 (6th Cir. 2009). Represented GEICO in a bad faith lawsuit arising from a property damage claim. After years of litigation that began in state court, obtained summary...

Related Practices: Tort, Trial & Insurance Services

Professional Negligence

Barbara A. Abel et al v. J. Brent Austin et al, 411 S.W.3d. 728 (Ky. 2013). Successfully defended an attorney accused of misappropriation of client funds, obtaining summary judgment from the trial court which was then affirmed by the Kentucky Court of Appeals and...

Related Practices: Tort, Trial & Insurance Services


SKO Helps Fill 2,500 Backpacks for Children in Need, Feb. 6, 2019

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 52 Stoll Keenon Ogden Attorneys, Dec. 11, 2018

SKO Attorneys Recognized Among 2019 Best Lawyers in America, Aug. 15, 2018

SKO Attorneys Recognized Among Best Lawyers in America, Aug. 16, 2017

Five SKO Attorneys Recognized Among Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyers, Nov. 18, 2016

Seven SKO Attorneys Named 2017 Local Litigation Stars, Nov. 14, 2016

Best Lawyers in America Chooses 61 SKO Attorneys for 2017 Publication, Aug. 30, 2016

Twelve SKO Attorneys Named 2017 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers , Aug. 29, 2016

Lea Pauley Goff and Richard G. Griffith named among Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyers, Nov. 30, 2015

SKO Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Benchmark Litigation Stars, Oct. 1, 2015

SKO Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers , Aug. 17, 2015

SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2016, Aug. 17, 2015

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 57 Stoll Keenon Ogden Attorneys, Nov. 24, 2014

SKO Recognized by Benchmark Litigation for Outstanding Service, Sep. 17, 2014

SKO Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers , Aug. 18, 2014

SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2015, Aug. 18, 2014

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 42 Stoll Keenon Ogden Attorneys, Nov. 26, 2013

SKO Recognized by Benchmark Litigation for Outstanding Service, Oct. 28, 2013

SKO Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, Sep. 24, 2013

SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2014, Aug. 19, 2013

SKO Recognized by Benchmark for Litigation and Appellate Services, Oct. 2, 2012

SKO Attorneys Named “Lawyer Of The Year” by Best Lawyers, Sep. 19, 2012

61 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2013, Sep. 7, 2012

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 31 Stoll Keenon Ogden Attorneys, July 20, 2012

SKO Attorneys Named “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers, Oct. 12, 2011

SKO Recognized by Benchmark: Litigation as a Leading Litigation Firm in KY, Oct. 10, 2011

53 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2012, Sep. 6, 2011

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 25 SKO Attorneys, July 25, 2011

Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC Recognized by Benchmark Litigation, Oct. 17, 2010

26 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Kentucky Super Lawyers, July 28, 2010

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 27 SKO Attorneys, Aug. 15, 2009

49 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Aug. 6, 2009

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 26 SKO Attorneys, July 29, 2008

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 41 SKO Attorneys, June 19, 2008

39 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Sep. 19, 2007

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 24 SKO Attorneys, June 19, 2007


Planning for Catastrophe: Lessons in the Wake of West, Texas, June 17, 2013


Trying the Soft Tissue Injury Case in Kentucky 1996-1998

Everything a Land Surveyor Needs to Know to be a Witness 1997

Trying the Automobile Injury Case in Kentucky 1994

Bad Faith Litigation in Kentucky, National Business Institute Inc. 1993-1994

Bluegrass Claims Association Seminar, UIM, UM, and No-Fault Law Developments 1993

Writing Settlement Agreements in General Mediations, various mediation train sessions for the Mediation Center of Central Kentucky

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Tort, Trial & Insurance Services

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
859-309-5447  Phone
859.231.3930  Phone
859.246.3630  Fax
University Attended:
University of Kentucky, B.S., High Distinction, 1979
Law School Attended:
University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., High Distinction, 1984
Year of First Admission:
Fayette Circuit Court; U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky; U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit; Fayette District Court; 1984, Kentucky; Kentucky Supreme Court; Kentucky Court of Appeals


•American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow
•American Bar Association
•Kentucky Bar Association
•Defense Research
•National Society of Insurance Investigators
•American Association for Justice, associate member
•Million Dollar Advocates Forum
•Arlington Christian Church, deacon and Sunday School teacher
•Foster Parent
•Midway Foundation for Integrative Medicine, board member
•Woodford Youth Soccer Association, former coach and board member

Birth Information:
Louisville, Kentucky, August 20, 1956

Peer Reviews

Lexington, Kentucky

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