Mitchel Denham


Mitchel joined DBL Law as a partner in its Louisville office in 2018. Mitchel’s wide range of experience makes him a sought-after attorney and advisor. He uses this experience to advise his client on a wide variety of legal issues. Mitchel primarily focusses in the firm’s Health Care, White Collar Criminal Defense, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, and Government Advocacy & Economic Development practice groups. His health care practice focusses on items ranging from Stark and Anti-kickback analysis and defense to mergers and asset purchase arrangements. In the administrative law and civil litigation realm, Mitchel represents numerous entities before various administrative agencies and handles administrative appeals in Kentucky Courts. He also represents entities in employment litigation and other civil litigation in both federal and state courts. Mitchel also regularly advises clients on matters ranging from open records/FOIA disputes, election law, and white collar crime.

Prior to joining the firm, Mitchel was the Assistant Deputy Attorney General in the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General. In that role, he supervised nearly every division in the office, handling the most sensitive and high profile matters. These matters included successful challenges to the Kentucky Governor’s executive authority, litigation involving Environmental Protection Agency regulations, and the prosecution of numerous state and local officials. On the administrative and civil side, Mitchel also oversaw the divisions which enforce non-profit organizations, election laws, environmental law, Medicaid fraud, open records laws, utility rate making, On the criminal side, Mitchel supervised investigations, prosecutions, and appeals of Kentucky’s criminal laws.

As part of his work at the Attorney General’s Office Mitchel advised various Kentucky agencies related to the promulgation of administrative regulations, including co-authoring the controlled substance prescribing standards and the pain clinic regulations. Mitchel served at the Attorney General’s designee on various boards and advised other boards and commissions on matters ranging from constitutional and statutory compliance to personnel matters.

Mitchel has also served as the Executive Director of Medicaid Fraud Control Unit where he led litigation involving pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers, obtaining multi-million dollar settlements for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. During his time supervising this division, it collected approximately $300 Million for the Commonwealth. He also previously served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Jefferson County, the state’s largest jurisdiction, prosecuting felony crimes on behalf of the Commonwealth. Working with federal and state law enforcement, he focused on large-scale criminal syndications, including handling what is still the largest criminal syndication case in Kentucky history.

Mitchel is admitted to practice law in Kentucky, the Kentucky Eastern and Western Districts, the Sixth Circuit, the DC Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Mitchel has argued cases before numerous federal and state courts and the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Mitchel is a proud 2019 graduate of Leadership Kentucky. He an active member of the Louisville community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, Treasurer of the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation, and volunteer with the Bluegrass Center for Autism. He resides in Louisville with his wife and three children.

Professional Affiliations
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
Community Involvement
  • Member, Board of Directors, Louisville Regional Airport Authority
  • Treasurer, Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • “Responding to Government Enforcement Actions,” Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities Annual Conference, April 23, 2017.
  • “Combating Prescription Drug Abuse & Prosecutor Advisory Council’s Rocket Docket Initiative,” Prosecutor’s Advisory Council Annual Conference, August 18, 2015.
  • “Prescription Drug Abuse,” Moderator, AGEP Public Policy Conference on Federalism and the Pharmaceutical Industry, George Mason Law & Economics Center, March 26, 2015.
  • “Fighting Drug Abuse,” National Association of Attorneys General, Summer Meeting, Mackinac Island, Michigan, June 3, 2014.
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
11DBL Attorney Mitchel Denham
(502) 630-1307


J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, 2003
B.S. in Economics from Centre College, 2000

Practice Areas

Government Advocacy & Economic Development
Health Care
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
White Collar Criminal Defense