Hayley A. Abbott

Associate | Louisville | 502-560-9984 | habbott@ppoalaw.com

Hayley was born and raised in Corbin, Kentucky. In 2018, she graduated magna cum laude from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During her undergraduate studies, Hayley served as captain of the EKU mock trial program, earning various awards for her performance at trial competitions, including an All-American Award at the American Mock Trial Association’s national tournament.

Hayley graduated cum laude from the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law and earned CALI Awards for receiving the highest grade in several classes. She also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law. Hayley continued to actively pursue a career as a trial lawyer and won various awards for her advocacy performance throughout law school. During her second and third years of law school, she was selected to serve on the National Trial Team. Hayley competed in the Texas Young Lawyers Association’s National Trial Competition and finished among the top four finalists. Upon graduation, she was one of two recipients of the 2021 Seek Justice Scholarship Award in recognition of her performance on the National Trial Team and for her contributions as President of the Trial Advocacy Board.

In her spare time, Hayley likes to travel, stay active, spend time with her family, and cheer on the Kentucky Wildcats. Hayley also enjoys fundraising and promoting philanthropies, such as the National Down Syndrome Society.

Areas of Concentration

Medical Negligence
Professional Liability
Premises Liability
Products Liability
Employment & Wrongful Discharge

Bar Administration & Organizations

– Kentucky Bar Association
– Louisville Bar Association
– American Bar Association
– U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
– U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
– Member, Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County

Education

– University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law, cum laude, 2021

  • National Trial Team, 2019-2020 & 2020-2021
  • President, Trial Advocacy Board, 2020-2021
  • Editor-in-Chief, Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resource law
  • Supreme Court Justice, Student Government Association, 2019-2021
  • Education Chair, Women’s Law Caucus, 2019-2020

-Eastern Kentucky University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude, 2018

  • Captain, Mock Trial Program, 2017-2018
  • Director of Public Relations & Marketing, Student Government Association, 2017-2018
  • Intern, Washington Center Program, 2017
  • Kentucky Institute of International Studies, Germany and France, 2017-2018

Honors & Awards

– Top Four Finalist, Texas Young Lawyers Association, 2020 National Trial Competition
– 2021 Seek Justice Scholarship Award Recipient
– CALI Excellence for the Future Awards – Criminal Procedure, 2021; Race, Racism, & the Criminal Law, Spring 2021; Capital Punishment, Fall 2020; Products Liability, Spring 2020;
– Best Oral Advocate for the Appellant, Spring 2019
– First Place Award, First-Year Trial Advocacy Competition, Spring 2019
– Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division 2021 Scholarship Recipient
– All American Award, 2017 American Mock Trial Association National Tournament
– President & Award Recipient, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Honor’s Society, 2017-2018
– EKU Political Science Department, 2018 Arthur Y. Lloyd Scholarship Award Recipient