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Meet Abe Mashni
Representing People...Not Crimes.

Abe Mashni is the founding attorney of Mashni Law, PLLC, where he focuses on defending individuals facing state and federal criminal charges, students and faculty accused of violating university conduct rules, and licensed professionals charged with misconduct. He prioritizes his clients’ well-being, recognizing the potential life-altering consequences of criminal convictions. Abe is dedicated to providing vigorous legal representation in courts across Kentucky. Outside of his legal career, he is a family-oriented individual, a proud father to Isaac, Lucy, and Guy, and a devoted husband to Ann. His interests include golf, University of Kentucky athletics, grilling, smoking meat, and hunting with his bird dog, Cooper. He and his family are also active members of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington, KY.

background + experience

A Dedicated Mission To Protect The Rights Of All Clients.

Abe’s extensive legal experience includes successful jury trials in a wide range of cases, encompassing federal drug trafficking and firearms, state felony and misdemeanor offenses, DUIs, and personal injury matters.

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 to jury trial experience, I successfully litigated 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, I earned partnership stake in the firm.

Also, in 2019 I was honored to have received the Clarence Darrow Prodigy Award by the Kentucky Associate of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL). 

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 understand 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.

I have handled some of the most high-profiled cases in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  I have successfully tried several cases to jury.  My jury trial experience includes murder, federal drug trafficking and firearms, state felony crimes, state misdemeanor crimes, DUIs, and personal injury.

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

  1. I’m going to be available. I give 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 2022, I founded Mashni Law Criminal Defense with a clear mission – to defend the innocentseek 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.  I offer individualized attention to detail, concierge-level support, and most importantly a dedication to achieving results.

At Mashni Law Criminal Defense, we do not shy away from technology.  We embrace anything that will help telling our client’s story.  It’s our job to help explain that story in the most effective manner possible.

We Embrace: Accessibility and Availability

At Mashni Law, PLLC, we recognize that law enforcement doesn’t just operate Monday through Friday between 9-5 and ensure that we are accessible whenever needed.

We Provide: Dedicated And Aggressive Representation.

While we cannot guarantee a particular outcome, Mashni Law, PLLC ensures every client receives our steadfast focus on precision with unwavering and relentless dedication.

We Maintain: Transparent Communication.

Transparency is our policy. Whether delivering positive or challenging information, you can always expect straightforward answers from Mashni Law, PLLC.

Advocacy and Protection Across Regions, Counties, And Jurisdictions

The reach of Mashni Law, PLLC extends far and wide, providing crucial advocacy and protection in various regions, counties, and jurisdictions.Get More Details >

  • Lexington Fayette County
  • Georgetown Scott County
  • Nicholasville Jessamine County
  • Richmond Madison County
  • Paris Bourbon County
  • Winchester Clark County
  • Versailles Woodford County
  • Frankfort Franklin County

Speaking Engagements + Media

Embark on a voyage through Abe Mashni's legal odyssey with our interactive timeline, showcasing a collection of his impactful speaking engagements and media appearances that have left an indelible mark on both his career and the legal landscape. Click on a particular year to reveal Abe's abundant expertise and contributions across various platforms, showcasing a steadfast dedication to the p ursuit of justice.

Ready to explore the dynamic intersections of law and advocacy? Click a year (or all of them) to delve into the timeline and witness the evolution of Abe’s impactful legal journey.

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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”

  • June 28, 2021 - WKYT, “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”

  • May 26, 2022 - WKYT “WKYT Investigates – Vigilante Justice“

  • May 26, 2022 - WKYT “WKYT Investigates – Vigilante Justice“

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

  • May 30, 2023 - KACDL CLE Presenter, “Federal Sentencing and Practice Tips”

  • June 9, 2023 - ”Staffing shortages impact Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center”

  • June 12, 2023 - “Good Question: How binding is a guilty plea?”

  • TBD - Stay tuned to see what Abe is up to next

Professional and Community Affiliations:

Bar Admissions:

  • Kentucky Bar Association

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit