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Mark S. Fenzel leads the insurance litigation practice at Middleton Reutlinger. He has more than thirty years of trial experience and is a frequent presenter of professional malpractice and education law, and has authored numerous articles. 

Mr. Fenzel represents numerous insurance companies and self insured corporations. These involve claims against attorneys, accountants and other professionals, school boards, and personal injury claims. Mark recently represented five high school coaches sued after one of their football players died of heat stroke, in a case that received national media attention. He obtained summary judgment for a CPA firm in a 40 million dollar malpractice case, and the ruling was affirmed by the Kentucky Supreme Court. He defended a local school board in a Title IX case, which received national media coverage. He has defended clients in jury trials, in cases involving defamation, malicious prosecution, civil rights and personal injury.

Mr. Fenzel's experience in complex financial cases and B.S. Degree in Accounting assist him in representing companies, small and large, in various commercial matters. He has also served as a mediator in a number of extremely complex matters.

Prior to joining Middleton Reutlinger Mr. Fenzel served for four years as a Navy lawyer in San Diego, California and the Republic of the Philippines. He was also a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego, California.

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Chambers USA 2005 - 2018 as a leading lawyer in Kentucky in litigation: tort and insurance defense
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® 2007 - 2020 in Professional Liability: Defense
    • Top 10: 2015 and 2016 Kentucky Super Lawyers
    • Top 50: 2012 - 2016 Kentucky Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation; Education Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; and Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, 2011 - 2020
    • 2019 Louisville Lawyer of the Year, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
    • 2020 Louisville Lawyer of the Year, Education Law
  • Louisville Magazine's Top Lawyers in insurance law, personal injury defense and professional malpractice defense. 

Representative Matters

  • Kirschner v Louisville Gas & Electric Co., 743 S.W. 2d 840 (1990)
  • Beckham v Jefferson County Board of Education, 873 S.W. 2d 575 (Ky. 1994)
  • Cornett v Jefferson County Board of Education, 899 S.W. 2d 502 (Ky. App. 1994)
  • McGinnis v Taitano, 3 F. Supp. 2d 767 (W.D. Ky 1998)
  • KSBIT v. Hartford, 17 S.W.3rd 525 (Ky. 2004)
  • Blau v Ft. Thomas Board of Education, 401 F.3d 381 (CA 6, 2005)
  • Queensway v Cotton and Allen, PSC, 237 S.W.3d 141 (Ky. 2007)
  • Nelson v Fayette Co. Board of Education, 286 S.W. 3d 37, (Ky. App. 2008)
  • Burkett v Dodd, 2008 W.L. 2219887, (Ky. App. 2008)
  • Scott v Koch, 2008 W.L. 2977371, (E.D. Ky. 2008)
  • Rogan v New South Federal, (In re Pelfrey), B.A.P. (CA. 6), 419 B.R. 10, 2009

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Professional & Community Activities

  • Louisville Bar Foundation, Director and Past President
  • University of Louisville Alumni Council, Director and Past President
  • Community Employment Inc., Former Director and President

Military Experience

Military Experience

  • U.S Navy Judge Advocate Generals Corp, 1980-1984
  • Trial attorney, Subic Bay Naval Base, Republic of the Philippines. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (for the Navy) San Diego California
  • Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Expeditionary Ribbon and Meritorious Unit Citation

Practice Areas


  • Kentucky
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky


University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, J.D., 1980

University of Kentucky, B.S. Accounting, 1977

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