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Denise MottaDenise Motta 
Louisville, Kentucky
phone 502-245-7474
fax 502-245-7025
email dmotta@thattorneys.com

Denise M. Motta has extensive experience litigating complex litigation claims in state and federal courts. Her litigation background includes personal injury, premises liability, bad faith, construction defect, insurance coverage, commercial litigation, as well as complex litigation product liability cases. Denise’s litigation experience includes handling cases from inception through verdict or final resolution.

Denise has significant experience in the coordination of litigation on both the national and state level, having represented companies on both fronts, and has been involved several cases coordinated in multidistrict litigation. She has vast experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device arena, which provides her with a unique perspective of identifying scientific and medical issues presented in the cases she handles.

Prior to joining Travis & Herbert, Ms. Motta was Associate General Counsel to The Rawlings Company, LLC, the country’s largest subrogation and reimbursement recovery vendor. In that role, she served as the Subrogation Division’s Litigation Manager where she coordinated and directed the litigation of more than 200 subrogation files in varying stages of litigation and across the nation. Ms. Motta is an expert at issues surrounding healthcare subrogation, including the application of ERISA, Medicare Advantage, and Federal plans, and the laws of each state, in connection with negotiation, resolution, and litigation of subrogation and reimbursement claims.

Denise is a Louisville native and a life-long University of Louisville fan. She returned to her Louisville roots from Cincinnati, Ohio in 2008 with her husband, Edward. Denise is the proud mother of Andrew, who was born in 2012. In her spare time, Denise enjoys exercising, yoga, and watching University of Louisville sports.

Areas of Practice:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Mass Tort Litigation
  • Subrogation
  • ERISA Litigation


  • “National Subrogation Law Manual,” Contributing Author, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
  • “50 State Survey on Medical Specials Recovery,” Kentucky Author, State-by-State Compendium, DRI Trial Tactics Committee, (Fall 2010).
  • “Developments in Lead Litigation: Chipping Away at the Public Nuisance Doctrine and Prepping for Toy Lawsuits,” Author, For The Defense (December 2007).
  • “50 State Survey of Medical Monitoring,” Ohio Author, State-by-State Survey of the Law Regarding Potential Liability for Medical Monitoring: A Report of the Pharmaceutical and Biologicals Subcommittee of the Products Liability Committee of the American Bar Association (2001).
  • “FDCA-Related Tort Causes of Action,” Ohio Co-Author, State-by-State Survey of the Law: A Report of the American Bar Association (2000).
  • “Off Label Use of Drug and Medical Devices in Ohio,” Co-Author, American Bar Association Report of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Subcommittee, Products Liability Committee (1999).


  • “Litigating and Resolving Subrogation Claims from the Health Plan’s Perspective,” Ohio Association for Justice Annual Meeting (May 2014).
  • “Hold All Tickets: Strategies for Corporate Counsel, Claims Professionals for Handling Claims in a Down Economy,” Ferreri & Fogle Client Seminar (May 2010).
  • “Silver Linings: The Benefits of a Down Economy and Public Mistrust,” In-House Counsel Panel Moderator, DRI Damages Seminar (March 2010).
  • “How to Win Big – The In-House Perspective,” Moderator, DRI Damages Seminar (March 2008).
  • “Red Sky in the Morning, Sailor Take Warning – The Storms on the Horizon: Lead-Containing Products,” DRI Product Liability Seminar (February 2007).
  • “When Did That Happen? A Product Liability Case Law Update,” DRI Product Liability Seminar (February 2006).
  • “Baiting the Trap: Winning Summary Judgment Through Deposition Strategies,” DRI Young Lawyers Seminar (June 2005).
  • “Tort Reform and You Perfect Together?” East Region Panel Speaker, DRI Annual Meeting (October 2005).
  • “Who Cut the Cheese? Mold Issues in Product Liability Litigation,” DRI Product Liability Seminar (February 2003).
  • “Litigating the Class Action Lawsuit in Ohio,” National Business Institute (October 2000).

    Professional Affiliations:

  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar -Program Co-Chair for 2008 Complex Medicine Seminar -Various leadership positions on the Product Liability Committee, Trial Tactics & Damages Committee, and Young Lawyer Committee since 2001.
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association


  • Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star, July 2007.


  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, 1996, magna cum laude.
  • University of Louisville, B.A., Political Science, 1993, cum laude

    Bar Admissions:

  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • State of Ohio
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Courts, Southern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas.

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