Robert C. "Coley" Stilz, III

My grandfather was a dentist and took great pride in his work, and his patients (including me) always trusted they were in good hands when they went to see him. He worked hard and approached his profession as a craft. Seeing how my grandfather worked has sparked the same attitude in me. I treat litigation as a craft and take pride in my work on behalf of each client.

Practical Experience

Representing a landowner in their dispute with the insurance carrier. Represented landowner in insurance coverage dispute that resulted in tenfold increase in settlement offer made by its insurance carrier.

Advocating for inclusion. Won trust reformation action on behalf of clients mistakenly excluded from a trust instrument, resulting in their inclusion in multi-million dollar trust.

Representing county governments and officials. Represented county governments and county officials in civil rights and tort actions in federal and state courts resulting in numerous favorable summary judgments, including claims alleging excessive force, denial of medical treatment, illegal search and seizure, malicious prosecution, and wrongful death.

Real estate litigation in Eastern Kentucky. Represented a timber company in litigation over ownership of property in Eastern Kentucky and won summary judgment quieting title in client’s favor.

Appellate cases: Stephen D. Prater Builder, Inc. v. Larmar Lodging Corp., 441 S.W.3d 133, 134 (Ky. Ct. App. 2014) (arbitration appeal); Rozeboom v. Hugh Jass Burgers, LLC, 2013 WL 3332245 (Ky. Ct. App. June 28, 2013) (premises liability); Ahlan Wa Sahlan Hospitality Co. v. United Citizens Bank of S. Kentucky, Inc., 2013 WL 275636, (Ky. Ct. App. Jan. 25, 2013) (bank liability); Kareken v. Kehrt, 2012 WL 1649105 (Ky. Ct. App. May 11, 2012) (civil rights)

Proven Expertise


JD, University of Kentucky, 2004, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
MBA, University of Kentucky, 2004
BA, History, Emory University, 2000


Admitted to Practice

U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


Professional Achievements

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Selected to the 2013-2018 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, General Litigation
Notes Editor for the Kentucky Law Journal


Professional Memberships

Kentucky Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
Board of Directors, The Living Arts and Science Center