Kent Wicker


Kent is a DBL Law partner and chair of the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense practice. He has been a courtroom attorney for his entire career, prosecuting and defending in the most challenging, high-profile and complex commercial and white collar criminal cases in Kentucky and around the country. Before entering private practice, he served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney and Criminal Division Chief for the Western District of Kentucky, where he also tried criminal fraud and public corruption cases. Kent has taught courses in Corporate and White Collar Crime and Trial Practice at University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law and he has also taught Trial Practice at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Institute. He is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.

Kent has been recognized and included in Best Lawyers in America, in Super Lawyers, and in Louisville Magazine’s “Top Lawyers in Louisville.” He was selected in 2017 and 2020 as Lawyer of the Year for White Collar Criminal Defense by Best Lawyers, and he is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell’s listing of American lawyers. Some of Kent’s recent accomplishments include winning the acquittal of the Kentucky Secretary of Transportation, who was charged with public corruption offenses, and winning the dismissal of a death penalty indictment on account of government misconduct. In 2016, Kent led a team of DBL lawyers which won a civil judgment of $573 million for his clients, the largest judgment of its kind in Kentucky history. Kent also regularly lectures on criminal law and trial practice issues, and he is often sought out for commentary by television and print media.

Kent is an avid sailor, and when he is not in the office, can usually be found on his sailboat.

Honors & Distinctions
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers, White Collar Criminal Defense (2008 – 2011, 2013 – 2021)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Louisville, (2007 – 2021)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation — Antitrust, Louisville (2007 – 2021)
Professional Affiliations
  • Member, U.S. District Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit Pattern Criminal Jury Instruction Committee
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, White Collar Crime Section, 1994 – 1998
  • Criminal Division Chief, 1998 – 2001
  • First Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1991 – 2001
Community Involvement
  • Member, Leadership Kentucky-Louisville Regional Forum Committee
  • Leadership Kentucky Class of 2018
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • State of Ohio
  • United States Supreme Court
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
11DBL Attorney Kent Wicker
(502) 630-1306


J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude, 1988
A.B., Duke University, summa cum laude with distinction, 1985

Practice Areas

Health Care
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
White Collar Criminal Defense

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