Brian Katz

Brian Katz

Paducah, Kentucky

Brian Katz was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1966. He attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he majored in accounting. He graduated from IU in 1988 with a B.S. with highest distinction. Before graduating, Mr. Katz sat for and passed the 1988 Uniform Certified Public Accounting examination in Indianapolis. Mr. Katz then went on to attend the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia. There, he was Executive Editor of the Virginia Tax Review. He was awarded his J.D. from UVA in 1991, graduating in the top third of his class.

Following graduation from UVA, Mr. Katz returned to Memphis where he clerked for the Hon. Julia S. Gibbons on the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. At the conclusion of that clerkship, Mr. Katz joined a large firm in Memphis before joining Ballin, Ballin & Fishman, P.C., a noted, high-profile criminal defense firm. There, Mr. Katz gained invaluable trial experience, cross-examining literally hundreds of police officers and complaining witnesses, and trying three capital murder cases to verdict.

Mr. Katz moved to Paducah, Kentucky in 1996, and formed his own firm in 1998. Since then, Mr. Katz has focused his practice on personal injury and wrongful death cases, representing exclusively the injured party or estate of the deceased. Within his personal injury practice, Mr. Katz has developed an extensive Jones Act and general maritime practice representing injured Jones Act seamen including deckhands, mates, engineers, cooks, pilots and captains that work on the inland rivers of the United States. Mr. Katz has also represented numerous individuals who were injured in related employment on navigable waterways and pleasure boat excursions.

Mr. Katz understands that defense lawyers and insurance adjustors are keenly aware of which plaintiff's lawyers will take their case to trial and which will not. For that reason, he prepares each case for trial as expeditiously as circumstances allow. He has tried numerous cases to verdict, both in state and federal court, achieving multiple seven figure recoveries for his clients. He is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Plaintiff's Personal Injury
  • 40% Maritime and River Injuries - Plaintiff
  • 20% Civil Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1991
  • Kentucky, 1997
  • New York, 2019


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D - 1991
    • Law Review: Virginia Tax Review, Executive Editor, 1989 - 1991
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    • B.S - 1988
    • Honors: With High Distinction
    • Major: Accounting

Published Works

  • The Receipt of a Partnership Profits Interest for Services, Does Campbell v. Commissioner Settle the Issue Once and for All?, Boston Unv. Journal of Tax Law, Vol. 9, Nov. , 1991
  • Single- Asset Real Estate Cases and the Good Faith Requirement: Why Reluctance to Ask Whether a Case Belongs in Bankruptcy May Lead to the Incorrect Result., Bankruptcy Developments Journal, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1992

Representative Clients

  • Credit Bureau Systems, Inc.
  • Milner & Orr Funeral Home
  • SmartPath Technologies, Inc.
  • Excel Maintenance Services
  • Mid-Western Commercial Roofers


  • Wm. Mark Edwards, CEO, Credit Bureau Systems
  • Joe Wiley, General Counsel, Excel Group
  • Randy Orr, CEO, Milner & Orr Funeral Home
  • J. Willie Kerns, CEO, SmartPath Technologies


  • Recent Developments in Identifying Jones Act Cases, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Assoc., 2007 - Present
  • Collections in Kentucky, Kentucky Judicial Conference, 2009 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • AV+ Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell
  • Passed 1988 Uniform CPA Examination, 1988 - Present
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Julia S. Gibbons, USDC Western District of Tennessee, 1991 - 1992
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member
  • Kentucky Justice Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Clerk
  • Ballin, Ballin & Fishman, P.C., 1994 - 1996
  • Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, Associate, 1992 - 1993

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chairman, Paducah McCracken County Convention Center Corporation, 2015 - Present


  • English (Primary)