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D. Todd Varellas

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Toll Free: 877-634-1519

360 E Vine St., Suite 320
Lexington, Kentucky 40507
Phone: 859-252-4473
Fax: 859-252-4476

440 South 7th St., Suite 200
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
Phone: 502-595-7955
Fax: 502-470-2202

525 West Fifth St., Suite 337
Covington, Kentucky 41011
Phone: 859-252-4473
Fax: 859-252-4476

Todd is an experienced civil trial attorney focusing on serious personal injury cases involving trucking collisions, car wrecks, nursing home abuse and neglect, and fatal accidents and wrongful death. He has been lead counsel in numerous complex civil cases, trials, and appeals for his clients across the state of Kentucky, resulting in many settlements including settlements for six and seven figures, and in favorable jury verdicts and judgments for six and seven figures.

Todd was recognized by Super Lawyers as a top rated personal injury attorney in Kentucky for 2023. Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Kentucky as selected through a peer nomination process and based on the results of independent research. The lawyers selected are those who received the highest point totals during the annual nomination, research and peer review process. Super Lawyers also previously named Todd a Rising Star, when he was a younger attorney. These lists recognize attorneys in each state "who exhibit excellence in the practice of law." The Super Lawyers lists recognize no more than 5% of attorneys in the state. For Rising Stars for younger attorneys, it recognizes no more than 2.5% of younger attorneys in the state.

Todd was also selected in 2012 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.

After becoming a lawyer and before joining Varellas & Varellas, Todd clerked on the Supreme Court of Kentucky, completing a clerkship for Justice Mary C. Noble. Todd previously also 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.

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: Honors Program
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Honors: History Honor Society, President
Major: History
Major: International Studies
Minor: Economics

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Kentucky, 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

Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys

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 Group

ATLA Medical Malpractice Group

ATLA Nursing Home Litigation Group

ATLA Traumatic Brain Injury Group

Kentucky Bar Association

Kentucky Justice Association (also known as the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys), Board of Governors

Lexington Fayette County Bar Association

Louisville Bar Association

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Million Dollar Advocates Forum
American Association for Justice
2015 Top 100 Lawyer
Top 40 Under 40
American Bar Association
Kentucky Justice Association
The National Trial Lawyers
Super Lawyers
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