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Lisa C. DeJaco

Partner

P 502-562-7375 F 502-589-0309

500 West Jefferson Street
Suite 2800
Louisville, KY 40202

 

Lisa DeJaco is a member of the Firm's Intellectual Property Protection and Litigation Service Team.  Ms. DeJaco practices extensively in the area of intellectual property litigation, where she has prosecuted and defended unfair competition claims, trade secret disputes, and infringement actions over copyrights, trademarks and patents.  Since 2010, she has been listed in Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America for intellectual property.  She has also defended clients in potential class actions varying from toxic exposures to employment disputes. 

Ms. DeJaco is a trial lawyer with fourteen years of experience litigating in federal and state courts around Kentucky.  As lead counsel, Ms. DeJaco has successfully defended clients in jury trials ranging from premises liability to wrongful death, and she has had primary responsibility for matters at all stages, from injunction hearings through discovery to bench and jury trials, and on to appellate review.  Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, her litigation skills have been called “exceptional,” and clients interviewed by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers (2014) describe her as “very calm and levelheaded.”

Lisa C. DeJaco

Location

500 West Jefferson Street
Suite 2800
Louisville, KY 40202

Representative Matters

  • Merrick, et al. v. Brown-Forman Corp. and Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., Jefferson (Ky.) Circuit Court.  Plaintiffs seek class certification for personal and real property damage and injunctive relief allegedly caused by mold attributed to defendants' whiskey warehouse operations.
  • Jefferson County Board of Education v. Fell, Ms. DeJaco successfully defended the discretion of the Jefferson County Board of Education to design a student assignment plan without being constrained by a "neighborhood schools" mandate.
  • Mike as Adm’x for Estate of Mulligan v. MDH Management Group, et al., Jefferson Circuit Ct. (Ky.) Case No. 09-CI-03494: as lead trial counsel, Ms. DeJaco successfully defended a personal care home from a multimillion dollar claim for wrongful death of a resident.
  • Atria Senior Living Group, Inc. v. Best Western International, Inc., 2009 WL 3756994 (W. D. Ky.): Ms. DeJaco defended the international hotel chain in this trademark infringement action. After successfully opposing the plaintiff's motion for injunctive relief, the case was settled while on appeal.
  • Miller v. Ashland Hospital Corp. d/b/a King’s Daughters Medical Center, Boyd Circuit Ct. (Ky.) Case No. 09-CI-00459: Ms. DeJaco was lead trial counsel in defending the hospital from a premises liability claim that resulted in a jury verdict for the defense.
  • Rehm v. Navistar International Corp., 236 S.W.3d 579 (Ky. 2007): Ms. DeJaco was responsible for the joint brief regarding the legal issues common to all defendants in this matter involving toxic exposures and fifteen industrial defendants. The Kentucky Supreme Court issued a significant interpretation of the exclusivity provision of the Workers Compensation Act, and upheld summary judgment for many defendants including the four Wyatt clients involved in the appeal.
  • Timothy Dickens, et al. v. Oxy Vinyls LP, Case No. 3:06CV-364-H (W. D. Ky.): Ms DeJaco defeated class certification and won summary judgment on behalf of a chemical manufacturer facing class action allegations of environmental pollution in Louisville's Rubbertown neighborhood.
  • Bell, et al. v. E.I. DuPont deNemours Corp. et al., in a similar case to Dickens, a class of over 6,000 members sought personal injury and property damages allegedly caused by odors and particulates.  The action was settled on a class basis with the creation of a local scholarship fund.
  • Julius Burns v. Housing Authority of Louisville, 198 S.W.3d 147 (Ky. App. 2005): Ms DeJaco obtained appellate reversal of trial court decision allowing punitive damages from intergovernmental agency in this lead paint exposure action.
  • Represented famous bourbon brand in trademark infringement dispute over competing advertising campaigns. 
  • Brought trademark infringement action on behalf of major apparel manufacturer against national retailer and clothing designer; preliminary injunction issued and consent decree entered in favor of client.
  • Won preliminary injunction protecting local company from incursion by larger regional competitor using identical trademarked name; consent decree entered in favor of client.
  • Represented employer in dispute over allegedly wrongful termination; successfully obtained dismissal and summary judgment in favor of clients was upheld by Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Defended client from allegations of breaching contract to purchase real estate; victorious at bench trial and on appeal.
  • Assists national non-profit corporation on protecting trademark rights in famous name and logo, dealing successfully and inexpensively with infringing products without filing suit.
  • Obtains trademark protection for small business owners, and continues policing and maintaining trademark rights.

Representative Clients

  • Best Western International, Inc.
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • FedEx Ground Package Systems, Inc.
  • King's Daughters Medical Center

Honors

Best Lawyers logo   2013 Martindale AV logoSuper Lawyers Rising Star 20132014 Chambers Logo - Bios

  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® Intellectual Property Litigation, 2011-2014
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Intellectual Property, Up-and-Coming Lawyer, 2014
  • Recognized by her peers as a Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013
  • Business First's Forty Under Forty, 2013

Education

2000 - J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

1997 - B.A. (Political Science and Spanish), summa cum laude, Furman University; Presidential Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa

Seminars

  • Kentucky Bar Association/Louisville Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section, June 2012:  Hot Topics in IP Law - Competitor Trademarks as Key Word Advertising.
  • Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, June 2012:  Mock Trial Skills Seminar.
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Issues for Corporate In-House Counsel Seminar, April 2010: Intellectual Property - The New Business Asset Class.
  • Wyatt Corporate Counsel Seminar, Fall 2006: Whose Intellectual Property Is This, Anyway?

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Bingham Fellows Class of 2013
  • Leadership Louisville Class of 2011
  • Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations
  • Jefferson County Women Lawyers Association
  • Chair Appellate Section, Louisville Bar Association, 2009 - 2010
  • Associate member, Louis D. Brandeis Inn of Court, 2001-2003
  • ABA Women In Law Leadership Academy, Chicago, IL, November 2007
  • ABA Appellate Practice Institute, Chicago, IL, May 2009

Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • Volunteers of America - Kentucky: Chair of Board of Directors, 2012, Board of Directors, 2008-2011; Executive Committee, 2010-present
  • Friends of the Library: Board of Directors, 2007-2012
  • Younger Women's Club: member, 2008-present
  • Junior League of Louisville: Vice-President for Education and Training 2006-2007; member 2001-present
  • Americana Community Center: Board of Directors, 2001-2006
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association (Louisville): past president 2003-2006

Interests

  • Traveling, abroad and across the United States
  • Voracious reader of all genres of fiction and non-fiction

Languages

  • Conversant in Spanish

Representative Matters

  • Merrick, et al. v. Brown-Forman Corp. and Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., Jefferson (Ky.) Circuit Court.  Plaintiffs seek class certification for personal and real property damage and injunctive relief allegedly caused by mold attributed to defendants' whiskey warehouse operations.
  • Jefferson County Board of Education v. Fell, Ms. DeJaco successfully defended the discretion of the Jefferson County Board of Education to design a student assignment plan without being constrained by a "neighborhood schools" mandate.
  • Mike as Adm’x for Estate of Mulligan v. MDH Management Group, et al., Jefferson Circuit Ct. (Ky.) Case No. 09-CI-03494: as lead trial counsel, Ms. DeJaco successfully defended a personal care home from a multimillion dollar claim for wrongful death of a resident.
  • Atria Senior Living Group, Inc. v. Best Western International, Inc., 2009 WL 3756994 (W. D. Ky.): Ms. DeJaco defended the international hotel chain in this trademark infringement action. After successfully opposing the plaintiff's motion for injunctive relief, the case was settled while on appeal.
  • Miller v. Ashland Hospital Corp. d/b/a King’s Daughters Medical Center, Boyd Circuit Ct. (Ky.) Case No. 09-CI-00459: Ms. DeJaco was lead trial counsel in defending the hospital from a premises liability claim that resulted in a jury verdict for the defense.
  • Rehm v. Navistar International Corp., 236 S.W.3d 579 (Ky. 2007): Ms. DeJaco was responsible for the joint brief regarding the legal issues common to all defendants in this matter involving toxic exposures and fifteen industrial defendants. The Kentucky Supreme Court issued a significant interpretation of the exclusivity provision of the Workers Compensation Act, and upheld summary judgment for many defendants including the four Wyatt clients involved in the appeal.
  • Timothy Dickens, et al. v. Oxy Vinyls LP, Case No. 3:06CV-364-H (W. D. Ky.): Ms DeJaco defeated class certification and won summary judgment on behalf of a chemical manufacturer facing class action allegations of environmental pollution in Louisville's Rubbertown neighborhood.
  • Bell, et al. v. E.I. DuPont deNemours Corp. et al., in a similar case to Dickens, a class of over 6,000 members sought personal injury and property damages allegedly caused by odors and particulates.  The action was settled on a class basis with the creation of a local scholarship fund.
  • Julius Burns v. Housing Authority of Louisville, 198 S.W.3d 147 (Ky. App. 2005): Ms DeJaco obtained appellate reversal of trial court decision allowing punitive damages from intergovernmental agency in this lead paint exposure action.
  • Represented famous bourbon brand in trademark infringement dispute over competing advertising campaigns. 
  • Brought trademark infringement action on behalf of major apparel manufacturer against national retailer and clothing designer; preliminary injunction issued and consent decree entered in favor of client.
  • Won preliminary injunction protecting local company from incursion by larger regional competitor using identical trademarked name; consent decree entered in favor of client.
  • Represented employer in dispute over allegedly wrongful termination; successfully obtained dismissal and summary judgment in favor of clients was upheld by Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Defended client from allegations of breaching contract to purchase real estate; victorious at bench trial and on appeal.
  • Assists national non-profit corporation on protecting trademark rights in famous name and logo, dealing successfully and inexpensively with infringing products without filing suit.
  • Obtains trademark protection for small business owners, and continues policing and maintaining trademark rights.

Representative Clients

  • Best Western International, Inc.
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • FedEx Ground Package Systems, Inc.
  • King's Daughters Medical Center

Honors

Best Lawyers logo   2013 Martindale AV logoSuper Lawyers Rising Star 20132014 Chambers Logo - Bios

  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® Intellectual Property Litigation, 2011-2014
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Intellectual Property, Up-and-Coming Lawyer, 2014
  • Recognized by her peers as a Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013
  • Business First's Forty Under Forty, 2013

Education

2000 - J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

1997 - B.A. (Political Science and Spanish), summa cum laude, Furman University; Presidential Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa

Seminars

  • Kentucky Bar Association/Louisville Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section, June 2012:  Hot Topics in IP Law - Competitor Trademarks as Key Word Advertising.
  • Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, June 2012:  Mock Trial Skills Seminar.
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Issues for Corporate In-House Counsel Seminar, April 2010: Intellectual Property - The New Business Asset Class.
  • Wyatt Corporate Counsel Seminar, Fall 2006: Whose Intellectual Property Is This, Anyway?

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Bingham Fellows Class of 2013
  • Leadership Louisville Class of 2011
  • Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations
  • Jefferson County Women Lawyers Association
  • Chair Appellate Section, Louisville Bar Association, 2009 - 2010
  • Associate member, Louis D. Brandeis Inn of Court, 2001-2003
  • ABA Women In Law Leadership Academy, Chicago, IL, November 2007
  • ABA Appellate Practice Institute, Chicago, IL, May 2009

Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • Volunteers of America - Kentucky: Chair of Board of Directors, 2012, Board of Directors, 2008-2011; Executive Committee, 2010-present
  • Friends of the Library: Board of Directors, 2007-2012
  • Younger Women's Club: member, 2008-present
  • Junior League of Louisville: Vice-President for Education and Training 2006-2007; member 2001-present
  • Americana Community Center: Board of Directors, 2001-2006
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association (Louisville): past president 2003-2006

Interests

  • Traveling, abroad and across the United States
  • Voracious reader of all genres of fiction and non-fiction

Languages

  • Conversant in Spanish
Lisa C. DeJaco