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Attorney Mat A. Slechter has earned a reputation throughout Kentucky for being a compassionate, dedicated lawyer who fights for the rights of hard-working people. A Louisville native, attorney Slechter handles a wide variety of cases, including auto accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, nursing home malpractice and wrongful death cases.

Attorney Slechter obtained his B.A. in Economics and Management in 1989 from Centre College, where he was a Dean’s List scholar and member of the varsity basketball team, the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He earned his J.D. in 1992 from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law where he was a Dean’s List scholar, a semi-finalist in the Pirtle-Washer Moot Court Competition and a member of the Moot Court Board and the Journal of Law and Education. He also worked full-time during law school as a clerk for the Office of the United States Attorney, Western District of Kentucky.

Mr. Slechter is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Louisville Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Justice Association, and the Kentucky Justice Association. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Kentucky Justice Association and is a regular contributor to that organization’s publication, The Advocate. He is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and Tennessee, the federal courts of the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, the Southern District of Indiana and the Eastern District of Michigan. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Kentucky Bar Association/Young Lawyer’s Section. 

Respectful, Committed And Honest Attorney Who Believes In Justice

The Kentucky Trial Court Review regularly recognizes attorney Slechter as one of Kentucky’s Most Prolific Trial Lawyers. Such recognition stems from Mr. Slechter’s willingness to do whatever it takes to get a client the compensation he or she rightfully deserves, including going to trial if necessary.  Mr. Slechter has received the Martindale-Hubbell “AV—Preeminent” rating from his peers, the highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards.  Additionally, Mr. Slechter has been designated a Super Lawyer™ in the area of plaintiff’s personal injury law.  He has also been named by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as one of Kentucky’s “Ten Best” in Client Satisfaction.

Mr. Slechter has successfully represented numerous clients in Kentucky appellate courts. Representative cases include Higdon v. Buisson Investment Corp., 2013-CA-001908-MR (Ky.App. 2016) (reversing a trial court’s grant of summary judgment on the basis of an “open and obvious” hazard in a premises liability case) and Laughlin v. Lamkin, 979 S.W.2d 121 (Ky.App. 1998) (establishing that expert testimony couched in terms of a reasonable degree of medical probability is necessary to sustain an affirmative seat belt defense).

Mr. Slechter has lectured to professional groups on the subjects of nursing home neglect and abuse, trial practice, legal writing and workers compensation.  Mr. Slechter is also active in his church, and has served as Legal Counsel, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Chairman of the Pastor Search Team on two occasions. He is married and has three children. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, reading and spending time with his family.

Areas Of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1993
  • Tennessee, 2012

Education

  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1992
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Economics and Management

Published Works

  • Question Authority: Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements in Wake of Extendicare Homes, Inc. v. Whisman, The Advocate, 2, 2016
  • Navigating the Medicare Minefield: Practical Tips and Strategies for the Practitioner, The Advocate, 3, 2013

Classes/Seminars

  • Ten Tips for Combatting Common Defense Tactics, Kentucky Justice Association, 2010 to 2010
  • Impact of State and National Activity on Nursing Home Litigation, National Business Institute, 2007 to 2007
  • The Art of Drafting Pleadings: Writing with Clarity, 1997 to Present

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell "Distinguished" Award for Legal Ability and Ethics
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys "10 Best" in Client Satisfaction

Professional Associations

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 1993 to Present
  • American Justice Association, Member, 1985 to Present
  • Kentucky Justice Association, Board of Governors, 2015 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Sampson & Slecter, PLLC, Partner, 1998 to 2012
  • Richard Breen Law Offices, Associate, 1995 to 1998
  • White, Conway & Adams, Associate, 1994 to 1995
  • Williams & Wagoner, Associate, 1993 to 1994
  • Office of the United States Attorney, Western District of Kentucky, Clerk

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Springdale Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky, Legal Counsel and Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2005 to Present
  • Kentucky Justice Association, Board of Governors, 2015 to Present

Ancillary Businesses

  • Kentucky Justice Association, Lobbyist of behalf of Kentucky consumers, 2015 to present

Languages

  • English

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Delta Theta
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