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Suits that Rock

Are you ready to Jam out with Lexington’s legal community?

Join us as local attorneys and other professional put down their briefcases and pick up their guitars.
You’ll hear songs inspired by the law and a few top hits that are sure to get you moving.
Get ready for a night of great entertainment and philanthropy as we raise money for Legal Aid of the Bluegrass

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Thursday, April 11, 2019
The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center
300 E Third St, Lexington, KY 40508

Guests are invited to enjoy heavy Hors D’Oeuvres and cocktails by Seasons Catering from 6:00-7:00pm in the cultural arts atrium. Concert will start at 7:00 p.m.

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$100 Priority Seating (120)
Rows A-D
(2) drink tickets
Hors D’Oeuvres

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$75 General Admission (300)
Rows E-W
(2) drink tickets
Hors D’Oeuvres


Meet our Music Makers

Jeff Adams

Jeff Adams is a home inspector with Adams Multi Services Co in Lexington. He is a quiet man of mystery who wishes to stress that he has never actually been implicated in or indicted for the 2005 theft of $36,525 worth of baked goods from a bakery in Palo Alto, California. Jeff is a lifelong musician with a love of jazz, blues and rock music, but he is also world-renowned for his meticulous reimagining of synth parts on songs from The Who using only his guitar and a classical finger-picking method. He is excited to play this event with Matt and Brian, if only to be in a group with them with a name other than “Lipstick Pistol.” He is also the guitarist for local band “Giant Swing,” and wants to note that “Jeff Adams” is totally his real name and not a fake name he made up while on the run from the cops over the bakery thing.

Matt Cox

Matt Cox is a heavy equipment operator for Baker Iron and Metal. As the youngest of 26 children, he found work by the age of 3 by beating on plastic pickle containers for change to tourists on the sea-swept streets of Nicholasville, Kentucky. He parlayed that experience into becoming, in the words of one bassist, “the best drummer in Kentucky.”  Matt spends his free time keeping his collection of classic cars running while studying to fulfill his lifelong dream of earning a living as a Newfoundland longshoreman. He is former drummer for the band “L. Ron Hubbard’s Kitchen Cupboard.”

The Jessamine Creek Express

The Jessamine Creek Express, a contemporary bluegrass band from Wilmore, performs both original and traditional bluegrass & gospel classics throughout Central Kentucky.  The band consists of Bob Roe on banjo, Chris Jenkins on guitar and Austin Griffeth on upright  bass. For more information:

Sean Cutshall

Sean Cutshall is a saxophonist based in Lexington, Kentucky.  Sean is presently working as a Hearing Officer for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (pending completion of contractual negotiations with the Rolling Stones), and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law (2009) and College of Fine Arts (2006).  Sean enjoys performing with anyone who will let him near a stage, currently including Superfecta, The Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors, The California Cheeseburgers, The Jim Stone Jazz Band, Electric Super Sex, and whatever half-baked tribute band idea is on his agenda this week.  Be on the look out for Sean's upcoming critically-acclaimed album, Motion to Compel (That Booty), scheduled for release later this spring.

Christopher Goode

Christopher Goode maintains a broad and diverse law practice ranging from small auto-accident cases to large catastrophic-injury cases. Goode has been representing plaintiffs in injury cases since 2004 after working in an insurance-defense firm for four years following law school. Mr. Goode is admitted to practice in the state courts of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia as well as many different Federal Courts including the United States Supreme Court. In 2010, the Kentucky Supreme Court heard one of Goode’s cases, McIntosh v. Kentucky River Medical Center, and ruled that a trial court and the appellate court were correct in concluding that a defendant hospital was negligent in causing injuries to Goode’s paramedic client. In a ruling widely considered a landmark decision, the state’s top court ruled that the burden to fix “open and obvious” hazards must henceforth rest on the premise’s owner. “I very much enjoy fighting for the common person who doesn’t always have someone to fight for them,” he says. Oftentimes, we’re up against great odds and very wealthy companies with endless resources. One of the things I love about owning my own firm is that we have the ability to fight those entities on behalf of people who otherwise would not be able to make that fight.” He carries that commitment to other areas of his professional life. He is a past president of the Fayette County Bar Association and is a frequent speaker on legal topics. He has been named as a Kentucky Super Lawyer, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has been selected as Top 100 Trial Lawyer for 2013 by the National Trial Lawyers organization.   He’s also active in community work, primarily with God’s Pantry, a nonprofit food collection and distribution service serving the needs of needy eastern Kentuckians in 50 counties. His wife, Kristin Ingwell Goode, is a development coordinator for that agency and he is a proud sponsor. They are proud parents of two children. In his limited personal time, Goode continues to pursue a lifelong passion as a trumpet player. He received a Bachelor of Music degree, with emphases in music education and performance, from Northern Illinois University in 1993 and combined professional playing with middle-school music teaching for several years before going to DePaul University College of Law and getting his J.D. in 2000. He recently played in a Lexington rock band, The City, which has disbanded; but he continues to perform publicly when he has the time.

James Higdon

James Higdon is a Principal at MML&K Government Solutions, the government relations practice area of the McBrayer law firm. MML&K has represented Legal Aid of the Bluegrass and statewide Access to Justice groups before the Kentucky General Assembly and Executive Branch for five years. James resides in Louisville, where he took guitar lessons from local guitar legend Screamin’ John Hawkins. In high school, James enjoyed playing the best and worst of late-90s metal, but has since mellowed, preferring blues and blues-based hard rock.   

Doug Logsdon

Doug Logsdon is a civil litigation attorney with McBrayer.  He is a Lexington native and a 1992 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law. He has served as President of the Fayette County Bar Association. His earliest musical memory is watching Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton on TV with his dad.

Doug Martin

R. DOUGLAS MARTIN maintains a boutique solo law practice in Lexington, Kentucky, where he represents clients in commercial real estate, business transactions, planning & zoning, and estate planning and probate.  Doug has chaired the UK Real Estate Law & Practice Institute since 2008, and speaks regularly on business and commercial real estate topics.  He formerly practiced in several of Kentucky’s largest law firms, and served two terms on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council.  Doug holds a B.A. in Music from the University of Kentucky and a M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan.  He has been a member of the U.Ky Chorale, the U.Mich Chorale, the Lexington Singers, the Lexington Brass Band, and the Lexington Community Orchestra.  In a previous life, Doug played keyboards with rock bands Thumper & The Plain Rabbits and Atomic Tan, and was an original member of The Cherry Sisters with Prof. Biff Campbell.  Doug also occasionally played jazz trumpet with The Mike Allen Jazz Orchestra and The Men Of Note, and jazz piano with The Doug Martin Jazz Quartet

Roland Merkel

Roland's legal experience spans 36 years of family, business, probate, and administrative law. He also is an Administrative Hearing Officier for the KY Personnel Board, Retirement Systems, Department of Juvenile Justice, and Executive Branch Ethics Commission.  He has played guiatr since age 8. Self-taught, as were many Jersey garage bands muscians, he and his former bands played venues ranging from school dances to proms, wedding and bar mitzvah receptions, battles of the bands, and a Summer production of "Oliver". 

Mike Meuser

Mike Meuser is a shareholder and Managing Director at Miller, Griffin & Marks, P.S.C. in Lexington, Kentucky where he has practiced for the past thirty-seven years. For more than thirty years his practice has been concentrated almost exclusively in the fields of equine transactions and equine civil litigation. He has a number of published court decisions involving sale of Thoroughbreds. He is a Fellow of the American College of Equine Attorneys and is Chair of the Planning Committee of the University of Kentucky National Equine Law Conference, now in its thirty-fourth year. Mike was also just elected President of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance which he helped found in 2012. The TAA raises money nationally from all sectors of the Thoroughbred industry for the care of retired racehorses and accredits the non-profit organizations which receive annual grant funding from the TAA. Mike represents a number of Thoroughbred Stallion operations and racing interests in the U.S. and abroad. In 2013, he was named Outstanding Equine Lawyer of the year by the Kentucky Bar Association for the decision the Kentucky appellate courts in the case of Rodney Stewart, D.V.M. vs. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. He has represented numerous Thoroughbred trainers in Kentucky and other states in medication cases involving environmental contamination. He has also served as a Board Member of the Cluck Equine Research Foundation. In the other world, Mike is a trombone player and singer and was a founding member of The Quack which performed classic rock and R & B for 25 years, He has also played in concert with Tee Dee Young, Ronn Crowder, The Swells, and other local artists.

John Michael Carter

John Michael Carter is an Associate with McBrayer, focusing his practice on general litigation and insurance defense. He is a former associate with Tooms & Dunaway in London, Kentucky, and is a 2012 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law. John Michael is also a guitarist and a singer, but he has been a little too busy to do either lately, what with spending time at home with his wife, happily caring for their newborn twins.

Melissa Moore Murphy

Melissa Moore Murphy is married to Daniel P. Murphy, Jr. (“Danny”), and together they have 3 children, Terrance (19), Makari (13), and Micah (6). Melissa graduated from UK in 1998, with a B.A. in Political Science and History in the Honors Program, with a minor in Vocal Music Performance.  She received her Juris Doctor from UK College of Law in 2001.  Melissa has spent most of her legal career as a criminal prosecutor. She has worked as an Assistant Commonwealth’s, Assistant County, and a Special Assistant United States’ Attorney.  She is currently an Attorney Senior in the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s (LFUCG) Law Department. On Sunday mornings, you'll see Melissa using her musical gift at Consolidated Baptist Church in the Unity Choir and Ensemble.  

Brian Powers

Brian Powers is a Legal Writer with McBrayer, writing about the law in the Marketing department.  He is a 2004 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law and an avid Def Leppard aficionado. He is a bassist, guitarist, and an okay piano player, but his wife and three kids can’t work up the courage to tell him that he’s not a singer, despite his forty years of practice. Outside of work, Brian enjoys making excessively complex Halloween costumes for his children and writing semi-fictitious biographies for his musician friends. This is his first novel. 

Lori Shelburne

Lori is a partner with the Lexington firm of Gess Mattingly & Atchison.  She concentrates her practice in family law.  She is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is the immediate past-president of the Kentucky Chapter.  Lori has been singing for about nine years and has appeared often at Giuseppe’s restaurant.