Wayne F. Collier

I find my process rewarding – not just because of the interesting problems to be solved and the people that I meet along the way, but also because it helps clients through to a conclusion. That’s one of the main reasons why I do what I do.

Practical Experience

Trespass, negligence per se, collateral estoppel. Successfully concluded an action in favor of a Fortune 500 company whose pipeline and property had been seriously damaged by a landslide. In so doing, obtained partial judgments for my client against several defendants based upon administrative rulings that collaterally estopped them from re-litigating key issues.

Mineral lease, termination. Assisted clients in terminating a 1956 coal lease paying a meager 25¢ per ton royalty, which resulted in the entry of a judgment in their favor for almost $3,000,000. In the process, was able to favorably resolve claims based upon an alleged wrongful condemnation.

Construction of gas lease, statutes of limitation. Retained to oversee an appeal following the entry of a $2,000,000+ judgment against a gas producer for underpayment of royalties. The Court of Appeals vacated and remanded, which effectively reduced the judgment to a fraction of the original amount

Quiet title, mutual mistake, reformation. Helped a client secure a judgment reforming a deed because of a mutual mistake, thereby quieting title to a tract and the 6,000,000 tons of coal refuse that were deposited upon it.

Proven Expertise


JD, University of Kentucky, 1979
BA, English / Music Theory and Composition, University of Kentucky, 1977
BA, Economics, University of Kentucky, 1976


Admitted to Practice

Kentucky, U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Tax Court


Professional Achievements

Kentucky Law Journal
Moot Court Board


Professional Memberships

Kentucky Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
Eastern Mineral Law Foundation
Kentucky Oil and Gas Association