Brian L. Schuette
719A Dishman Lane Ext.
Bowling Green, KY 42104
(270) 781-7500 Voice
(270) 781-7533 Facsimile
Brian’s practice is focused on personal injury, civil litigation and legal matters for churches. He has handled many wrongful death and serious personal injury cases, including motor vehicle collisions, slip and fall, product liability and dog bite cases.
Brian is trained as a mediator (Rule 31 Listed in Tennessee) and Christian conciliator (alternative dispute resolution for churches and church members). This training has been a useful tool for Brian as he works with individual and business clients to achieve excellent results as efficiently as possible.
Brian has extensive experience representing and advising churches on a variety of issues, including conflict resolution, organizational document review and drafting, church personnel issues and the legal aspects of church governance. He has worked with churches from Florida to New York to Wyoming and many states in between.
Brian has successfully litigated many cases in the state and federal courts of Tennessee and Kentucky, as illustrated by his Representative Legal Work.
REPRESENTATIVE LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
In re: Adison P., 2015 WL 3430004 (Tn.Ct.App.) Overview: Unpublished decision of the Tennessee Court of Appeals disqualifying a Juvenile Court judge on grounds of bias.
In re: Adison P., 2015 WL 1869456 (Tn.Ct.App.) Overview: Unpublished decision of the Tennessee Court of Appeals dismissing a Juvenile Court judge’s appeal from an order directing him to hold a hearing in a child custody case.
Bray v Husted, 2013 WL 6164536 (U.S.D.C., E.D.Ky) Overview: Federal Court Order denying motion to disqualify medical expert in case involving allegations of medical negligence against a bariatric surgeon.
Bray v Husted, 11 F.Supp.3d 854 (U.S.D.C., E.D.Ky, 2014) Overview: Federal Court Order denying motion to summary judgment in case involving allegations of medical negligence against a bariatric surgeon.
Carter Douglas Company, LLC v Logan Industrial Development Authority, Inc., 2015 WL 4554741 (U.S.D.C., W.D.Ky) Overview: Federal Court Order denying motion to dismiss in construction bond case; case was subsequently settled.
Crain v Chambers,., 2006 WL 3093227 (Tn.Ct.App.) Overview: Unpublished decision in which the Tennessee Court of Appeals set aside an arbitration award in an attorney fee dispute; case was remanded and successfully tried to verdict.
Hatfield v Little Sturgis Rally and Races for Charity, Inc., 2008 WL 152083 (U.S.D.C., W.D.Ky) Overview: Federal Court Order overruling a motion for summary judgment in a case involving serious injury to an attendee of a motorcycle rally when he was struck by a motorcycle.
Miller v USF&G, Ky.App., 909 S.W.2d 339 (1995) Overview: Published decision concerning the requirements that an insurance company must meet in order to require its insured to submit to an independent medical examination as a condition of receiving basis reparation benefits.
Missinne v City Of Glasgow, Ky.App. 2010 WL 2133713 Overview: Unpublished decision in which the Kentucky Court of Appeals reversed a summary judgment in favor of the City of Glasgow in a case for serious injuries arising out of dangerous defects in a city sidewalk.
Williams v PJs College of Cosmetology, Inc., Ky.App., 2006 WL 3371883 Overview: Unpublished decision in which the Kentucky Court of Appeals reversed a summary judgment in favor of a school of cosmetology in a matter involving a serious personal injury; case was remanded and settled.
York v Petzl America, Inc., Ky.App., 353 S.W.3d 349 (2010) Overview: Published decision of the Kentucky Court of Appeals reversing a summary judgment in a serious injury case arising out of a training exercise for volunteer firefighters.
Smith v Crimson Ridge Development, LLC, Ky.App., 410 S.W.3d 619 (2013) Overview: Published decision of the Kentucky Court of Appeals affirming a summary judgment voiding a land sale contract repudiated by a real estate developer.
TEACHING AND WRITING:
Instructor – Introduction to Law – Western Kentucky University – 1996 – 2003
Invited Presenter at the Kentucky PeriAnesthesia Nurses Conference – 2009
Invited Presenter at WKU – Medical Negligence Issues – 2009
Blog Article – “Just Between You and Me, Pastor” – See Article –>
Blog Article – “5 Principles of Good Church Governance” – See Article –>
State Courts of Kentucky, 1991
State Courts of Tennessee, 1998
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 1992
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 2004
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 2006
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 2002
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2011
Brandeis School of Law (University of Louisville) J.D. 1990
Western Kentucky University (B.A. 1987)
Managing Partner, Schuette Law Group (present)
Senior Partner, Crain|Schuette, Attorneys, LLC
Brian Schuette, Attorney at Law, PSC
Mike Breen, Attorney at Law
Hensley, Dunn, Ross & Howard
Baptist Health Care System, Inc.
Church Law Institute – www.ChurchLawInstitute.com – Senior Counsel for not-for-profit ministry to churches
Orchestra Kentucky – President of Board of Directors from 2010-11; Board Member 2008-12
Brian speaks frequently to churches and ministry leaders about legal issues of interest to the Church. He has a special interest in helping churches building sound organizational structures to create unity and enhanced focus on spreading the Gospel. Contact Brian If you would like him to speak at your church or ministry organization.
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