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Cornelius E. Coryell II

Partner

P 502-562-7376 F 502-589-0309

500 West Jefferson Street
Suite 2800
Louisville, KY 40202

 

Corky Coryell is a member of the Firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Service Team.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, banking litigation, UCC litigation, and consumer class action litigation. 

His class action practice includes the defense of numerous class actions in state and federal courts in Kentucky, and throughout the United States.  Those class actions have involved claims under various state and federal consumer protection laws and have collectively alleged classes of Kentucky, multi-state and nationwide consumers.  Mr. Coryell’s clients include nationally chartered banks, community banks, consumer finance companies, nationwide private label credit card issuers, and title insurance underwriters.

Cornelius E. Coryell

Location

500 West Jefferson Street
Suite 2800
Louisville, KY 40202

Representative Matters

Mr. Coryell's recent litigation includes:

  • Lead Counsel for a nationally chartered bank in an action arising out of the nonpayment of a Spanish bill of exchange, the payment mechanism used by the plaintiff in connection with the purchase of steel processing equipment from a Spanish manufacturer. The plaintiff sought damages in excess of $1 million on the grounds that the bank breached its fiduciary duties by providing erroneous advice concerning the plaintiff's obligations under the bill of exchange. After extensive discovery and motion practice, the court ruled in favor of the bank dismissing all of the plaintiff's claims. The court's ruling was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Lead counsel for a nationally chartered bank in an action arising out of a letter of intent between the bank and the plaintiff relating to the creation of a limited partnership to develop a low income housing project. Plaintiff claimed that the bank breached the letter of intent, breached fiduciary duties by failing to negotiate various issues that arose during the bank's due diligence review, and breached the duty of good faith and fair dealing. Plaintiff claimed damages totaling in excess of $5 million. After extensive discovery and motion practice, the court ruled in favor of the bank dismissing all of the plaintiff's claims. The court ruling was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Lead counsel for an international supplier of preoperational pipe and equipment cleaning services, in a breach of contract and negligence claim relating to cleaning services performed on hydraulic and lubricating pipe systems installed in a steel processing plant. More than $10 million dollars in claims were asserted against the supplier, who counterclaimed for services rendered this matter was concluded after a lengthy trial and the court found in favor of the supplier, awarding more than $400,000 in damages, including a significant award of prejudgment interest.
  • Lead counsel for the plaintiff in a fraud action involving technology relating to prepaid long distance calling cards. The plaintiff sought recession of a multimillion dollar purchase agreement and consequential damages resulting from the fraud. A nine day jury trial resulted in a plaintiff's verdict rescinding the contract and awarding the plaintiff several hundred thousand dollars in consequential damages.
  • Lead counsel for a manufacturer of aircraft engine crankshafts, in an action against multiple steel suppliers alleging that defective steel had caused numerous in-service crankshaft failures. The litigation was aggressively pursued over more than two years and involved massive document production, continual discovery disputes, dozens of depositions, and complex legal and technical issues followed by a six week jury trial.
  • Counsel for a defendant waste hauling company in a suit alleging breach of a recycling services agreement, fraud and a variety of other business torts. The plaintiff sought damages in excess of $1 million and a declaratory judgment designating the plaintiff as the defendant's exclusive provider of recycling services this matter was concluded after a two week hearing and the arbitrator ruled in favor of the defendant on all claims.
  • Representation of an international sports figure regarding ownership of clothing worn during events.

Honors

Best Lawyers 20132014 Chambers Logo - Bios(2)Benchmark Litigation 2013 Honor Logo2013 Martindale AV logoCorky Coryell, SL

  • Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation 2006-2014
  • Best Lawyers® 2013 Louisville Litigation-Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Commercial Litigation.  Clients interviewed by Chambers USA describe Mr. Coryell as "very practical and an excellent writer; he has a real feel for strategy."
  • "AV" rated in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation 2013
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® 2013-2015

Education

1987 - J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law

1984 - B.S.B.A. (Finance), with high honors, University of Louisville

Admissions

  • Kentucky

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute member

Representative Matters

Mr. Coryell's recent litigation includes:

  • Lead Counsel for a nationally chartered bank in an action arising out of the nonpayment of a Spanish bill of exchange, the payment mechanism used by the plaintiff in connection with the purchase of steel processing equipment from a Spanish manufacturer. The plaintiff sought damages in excess of $1 million on the grounds that the bank breached its fiduciary duties by providing erroneous advice concerning the plaintiff's obligations under the bill of exchange. After extensive discovery and motion practice, the court ruled in favor of the bank dismissing all of the plaintiff's claims. The court's ruling was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Lead counsel for a nationally chartered bank in an action arising out of a letter of intent between the bank and the plaintiff relating to the creation of a limited partnership to develop a low income housing project. Plaintiff claimed that the bank breached the letter of intent, breached fiduciary duties by failing to negotiate various issues that arose during the bank's due diligence review, and breached the duty of good faith and fair dealing. Plaintiff claimed damages totaling in excess of $5 million. After extensive discovery and motion practice, the court ruled in favor of the bank dismissing all of the plaintiff's claims. The court ruling was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Lead counsel for an international supplier of preoperational pipe and equipment cleaning services, in a breach of contract and negligence claim relating to cleaning services performed on hydraulic and lubricating pipe systems installed in a steel processing plant. More than $10 million dollars in claims were asserted against the supplier, who counterclaimed for services rendered this matter was concluded after a lengthy trial and the court found in favor of the supplier, awarding more than $400,000 in damages, including a significant award of prejudgment interest.
  • Lead counsel for the plaintiff in a fraud action involving technology relating to prepaid long distance calling cards. The plaintiff sought recession of a multimillion dollar purchase agreement and consequential damages resulting from the fraud. A nine day jury trial resulted in a plaintiff's verdict rescinding the contract and awarding the plaintiff several hundred thousand dollars in consequential damages.
  • Lead counsel for a manufacturer of aircraft engine crankshafts, in an action against multiple steel suppliers alleging that defective steel had caused numerous in-service crankshaft failures. The litigation was aggressively pursued over more than two years and involved massive document production, continual discovery disputes, dozens of depositions, and complex legal and technical issues followed by a six week jury trial.
  • Counsel for a defendant waste hauling company in a suit alleging breach of a recycling services agreement, fraud and a variety of other business torts. The plaintiff sought damages in excess of $1 million and a declaratory judgment designating the plaintiff as the defendant's exclusive provider of recycling services this matter was concluded after a two week hearing and the arbitrator ruled in favor of the defendant on all claims.
  • Representation of an international sports figure regarding ownership of clothing worn during events.

Honors

Best Lawyers 20132014 Chambers Logo - Bios(2)Benchmark Litigation 2013 Honor Logo2013 Martindale AV logoCorky Coryell, SL

  • Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation 2006-2014
  • Best Lawyers® 2013 Louisville Litigation-Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Commercial Litigation.  Clients interviewed by Chambers USA describe Mr. Coryell as "very practical and an excellent writer; he has a real feel for strategy."
  • "AV" rated in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation 2013
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® 2013-2015

Education

1987 - J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law

1984 - B.S.B.A. (Finance), with high honors, University of Louisville

Admissions

  • Kentucky

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute member
Cornelius E. Coryell