D. Todd VarellasAttorney
Toll Free: 877-634-1519
249 West Short Street, Suite 201
Lexington, Kentucky 40507
440 South 7th Street, Suite 200
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
In 2014, Todd was selected by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys in Kentucky under the age of 40, after being nominated and selected for the top 50 by the organization’s independent selection committee, which led to his being then selected as one of the top 10 in Kentucky by its board of governors. Most recently, in the past six months, Todd’s clients have received settlements exceeding two million dollars (updated January 2014).
Previously in 2012, Todd was selected by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40, as one of the top 40 trial lawyers under the age of 40 practicing in Kentucky. Membership in the Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to 40 attorneys in each state who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a lawyer under the age of 40 as of January 1. Attorneys selected for membership must also focus their practice in the areas of civil plaintiff or criminal defense law and they must be in good standing with the state bar association. In addition to his active trial practice, Todd has also been lead counsel or co-counsel in multiple cases appealed to the Supreme Court of Kentucky and Kentucky Court of Appeals.
After becoming a lawyer and before joining Varellas & Varellas, Todd clerked on the Supreme Court of Kentucky, completing a one-year clerkship for Justice Mary C. Noble (now Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court). Todd previously worked in the areas of civil litigation in Lexington and trial defense in Washington, D.C.
Todd attended law school after being awarded a full academic scholarship for law school, including the top fellowship awarded by the Graduate School, the Charles T. Wethington, Jr. Fellowship, and a multi-year scholarship awarded by the College of Law. While in law school, he took advantage of opportunities to develop his litigation and trial skills and his understanding of the litigation process.
In addition to his experience in the legal field, prior to law school Todd’s international and national experience includes studying in Athens, Greece, traveling to Mexico and South America, teaching English as a second language to high school students in Shanghai, China, where he gave the commencement address, and interning for his Congressman on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Todd is dedicated to serving our clients and representing people across Kentucky in claims for wrongful death or for serious injuries, and he seeks to find the best remedy to their legal issues.
J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
Honors: Top Student, Remedies
Honors: Charles T. Wethington, Jr. Fellowship
Honors: Multi-Year College of Law Academic Scholarship
Honors: Trial Advocacy Board
Law Review: Kentucky Law Journal
B.A., University of Kentucky
(summa cum laude)
Honors: Top Student in All 3 Areas of Concentration
Honors: Charles Scott Brent Award for Highest Cumulative GPA in History
Honors: Recipient of over a dozen scholarships
Honors: Honors Program
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Honors: UK Student Government Association, Senator
Honors: University Appeals Board, Board Member
Honors: Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, President
Major: International Studies
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeKentucky, All State and Federal Courts
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice (also known as ATLA, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
ATLA Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
ATLA Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section
ATLA Medical Malpractice Forum Member
Kentucky Bar Association
Kentucky Justice Association (also known as the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys)
Lexington Fayette County Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation