Bridget H. Papalia
Of Counsel
bpapalia@dgeglaw.com

Bridget has a broad base of experience, including litigation, contract negotiations, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, human resources support, and intellectual property protection. She has served corporate clients across multiple industries such as construction, software development, back room outsourcing, manufacturing, and healthcare. Bridget focuses on her client’s business strategies and the needs of the organization to provide counsel consistent with her client’s tolerance for risk. For her corporate clients, she strives to understand the business in its entirety, so legal recommendations and assessments can be made with an eye to bringing value to the company, in addition to solid legal advice. She also has extensive experience analyzing, implementing, and keeping current on state and federal government regulatory requirements central to her client’s work.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Contract Negotiations, Corporate Governance, and Regulatory Compliance
  • Intellectual Property Protection

PAST PRACTICE

Prior to joining DGEG, Bridget served as the General Counsel to the Kentucky Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development. In that capacity she was responsible for providing counsel and leadership in the enactment and oversight of regulations necessary to support the Cabinet’s delegated administrative responsibilities.  She provided the leadership to identify necessary regulatory changes, oversee the stakeholder input process and interface with the legislative committees tasked with reviewing the recommended regulatory actions.  Moreover, she was responsible for overseeing the Cabinet’s own regulatory compliance requirements to the Federal Government in support of federal grants and enacting compliance requirements for local agencies using grant funds in the state’s workforce development system under WIOA.  In this position she obtained an in depth understanding of the regulatory process and the administrative systems in place to address disputes related to these regulations.  She also oversaw the Cabinet’s contracting process, instituting formal contract review protocol, negotiating contract terms, and ensuring governmental procurement requirements were met.

In her private practice of over twenty years, Bridget practiced primarily as a commercial litigator as a Member of the area’s largest regional law firm, focusing on breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims, small and medium sized business disputes, bankruptcy litigation, trademark infringement, trade secrets and non-compete litigation.

EDUCATION, ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Bridget completed her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College with a double major in Economics and Political Science, obtained her Masters in Business Administration from Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute, with a concentration in operations, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky. She and her husband are strong supporters of entrepreneurism, owning multiple businesses that they have started from the ground up.

She devotes time to her community by coaching a high school mock trial team and volunteering for mental health non-profit groups and youth sports organizations. Bridget is also active in the Bluegrass Chapter of YPO Gold. For fun, Bridget enjoys gardening, traveling, skiing with her friends and family, and spending time with her husband, three children and two dogs.