325 W. Main Street
Waterfront Plaza - West Tower
Suite 2300
Louisville, KY 40202


J.D., magna cum laude, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, 1996

  • Order of Curia
  • Northern Kentucky Law Review

B.A., cum laude, Political Science, University of Louisville, 1993


“Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star”, July 2007

Denise M. Motta is Of Counsel in the Louisville office of Gordon & Rees. She has extensive experience litigating complex litigation claims in state and federal courts. Her emphasis is on construction litigation and representation of steel fabricators on large construction projects such as stadiums and bridges, as well as other parties to construction disputes.  Ms. Motta’s litigation background includes personal injury, premises liability, construction defect, insurance coverage, ERISA, employment, product liability, and contractual disputes. She 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.

Ms. Motta’s extensive experience includes providing legal advice to clients directed to their business needs, as well as to achieve the best legal result possible.  Ms. Motta litigation skills often result in positive results for clients prior to trial though attention to detail provided during the discovery phase of cases to position cases for dispositive motions or settlement negotiations and mediation.  Ms. Motta also has trial and arbitration experience with successful results for her clients.


United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals, 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 Court, Southern District of Indiana
United States District Court, Northern District of Texas


Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association

Community Involvement

St. Michael Catholic Church, Member and Auction Chair