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Our Award-Winning Defense Team Is Dedicated to Protecting Your Rights.

We know that legal issues don’t always occur between 9-5 on weekdays. That’s why we offer individualized attention to detail, concierge-level support, and a dedication to achieving results. Defending people is all that we do. That’s why you can rest assured that our award-winning defense team will fight tirelessly to protect your rights.

We defend the innocent, seek mercy for those who have made mistakes, and protect our clients’ rights by ensuring they are treated in accordance with the standards and principles of justice.

Abe Mashni

Abe Mashni is the founding attorney of Mashni Law, PLLC.  He focuses his entire practice on defending those accused of violating state and federal criminal laws, students and faculty accused of violating university code of conduct rules, and licensed professionals accused of misconduct.


Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer from a young age.  I attended Millcreek Elementary, Lexington Traditional Middle School, and Tates Creek High School.  Upon graduating high school, I went to the University of Kentucky, where I graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  I earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law and subsequently passed the Kentucky Bar exam in 2013.

Determined to get into the courtroom as fast as possible, I applied for and was granted a limited practitioner’s license by the Kentucky Supreme Court. While some lawyers go their entire career without trying a case before a jury, I did just that, while still in law school by representing the Commonwealth of Kentucky prosecuting a felony case in Fayette Circuit Court. In addition, I successfully argued several hearings on behalf of the Fayette County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. With that intimate knowledge, I understand how prosecutors and law enforcement agencies develop and prosecute criminal cases.

After graduating law school, I began working for Fayette Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell as a staff attorney.  In this capacity, I gained invaluable insight from the Court’s perspective and learned about the inner workings of a complicated court system.

In 2014, I joined a Lexington law firm.  At first my practice was diverse handling criminal defense, personal injury, and family law litigation.  After time, I discovered my true passion was defending individuals accused of crimes and misconduct.  In 2019, Abe earned partnership stake in the firm.

In 2022, I founded Mashni Law and the mission is clear – to defend the innocent, seek mercy for those who have made mistakes, and protect my clients’ rights by ensuring they are treated in accordance with the standards and principles of justice.  Legal issues don’t always arise between 9-5 on weekdays.  That’s why I offer individualized attention to detail, concierge-level support, and most importantly a dedication to achieving results.

I have successfully tried several cases to jury.  My jury trial experience includes federal drug trafficking and firearms, state felony crimes, state misdemeanor crimes, DUIs, and personal injury.


·       June 12, 2023 – “Good Question: How binding is a guilty plea?

·       June 9, 2023 – ”Staffing shortages impact Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center

·      May 30, 2023 – KACDL CLE Presenter, “Federal Sentencing and Practice Tips”

· November 1, 2022 – Moderated KACDL’s 35th Annual Conference and Criminal Defense Seminar

·      June 8, 2022 – KACDL CLE Presenter, “Sex Offender Collateral Consequences”

·       WKYT, May 26, 2022 – “WKYT Investigates – Vigilante Justice

·       June 29, 2021 – Fayette County Bar Association Annual Bench and Bar CLE Presenter, “Jay-Z’s 99 Problems, What does the song get right – and wrong – about the law”

·       WKYT, June 28, 2021 (Dozens of new laws, including police conduct, school choice, etc. take effect Tuesday)

·       April 22, 2021 – Moderated KACDL’s Annual Conference and Criminal Defense Seminar

·       January 27, 2021 – KACDL CLE Presenter, “Basic Federal Criminal Practice”

·       October 21, 2020 – Fayette County Bar Association, Annual Bench and Bar CLE, Presenter, “Defending Your First Felony Case in Fayette County”

·       In 2020, Abe presented “Suppression of Evidence from Dog Sniffs (And Other Prolonged Stops) to criminal defense lawyers across Kentucky as part of KACDL’s CLE program.

·       LEX 18, Sept. 30, 2020, (on the release of grand jury recordings in the Breonna Taylor case)

·       WKYT, July 9, 2020 (on the new DUI laws in Kentucky)

·       WKYT, June 27, 2019 (on the new concealed carry law in Kentucky)

·       WKYT, Nov. 2, 2017 (on the legal ramifications for increased sexual harassment claims)


Regardless of the allegations, every single one of my clients are people first and foremost.  Real people.  People that have mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, or daughters that love them dearly.  When agreeing to represent someone, I understands the disastrous effects a criminal conviction can have on your career, relationships, reputation, and most importantly, freedom.  I welcome the challenge each case presents, take pride in the trust my clients place in me, and aggressively fight for my clients in courts across Kentucky

That’s why I promise all my clients the following:

1.     I’m going to be available. I gives every client my cell phone.  Law enforcement doesn’t just work Monday through Friday between 9-5.  Neither do I.

2.     I’m going to give you 100%. While I can’t guarantee a particular outcome, I can guarantee attention to detail and effort while zealously advocating for my clients.

3.     I’m going to be honest. Whether it’s giving great news or bad news, I’m always going to give you straight answers.


·       In 2019, Abe was awarded the Clarence Darrow Prodigy Award by the Kentucky Associate of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

·       For the last four years, Abe has been selected as a Rising Star on SuperLawyers (2020-2023).


·       Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL) – Board Member

·       National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

·       Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass – Former Board Member and “Big Brother”

·       Fayette County Bar Association


·       Kentucky Bar Association

·       United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

·       United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit


Abe is a proud father to his son, Isaac, daughter, Lucy, and husband to his wife, Ann.  He has a passion for playing golf, University of Kentucky athletics, grilling/smoking meat, and hunting with his bird dog, Cooper.  Abe and his family regularly attend the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington, KY.

Mashni Law can Help

Your rights, your story, your well-being. These are our priorities.

At Mashni Law, PLLC, we understand that every individual’s journey through the legal system is unique. Our dedicated attorneys prioritize your rights, your story, and, most importantly, your well-being. We believe in crafting personalized legal strategies that resonate with your individual circumstances. When you choose us, you’re not just a case; you’re a person with a narrative that deserves to be heard and defended. Our commitment is to safeguard your rights, advocate for your story, and ensure your overall well-being throughout the legal process. Let us stand by your side, navigate the complexities of the law, and protect what matters most to you. Your rights matter, your story matters, and your well-being matters. Mashni Law, PLLC will champion your cause with diligence, compassion, and unwavering dedication. Contact us now to take the first step towards securing a brighter legal future.