Skip to content Denise M. Motta


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

41 South High Street
Suite 2495
Columbus, OH 43215


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 a Partner in the Louisville office of GRSM. She has extensive experience litigating complex litigation claims in state and federal courts. Her emphasis is on construction litigation and representation of steel fabricators and other parties on large construction projects, such as stadiums and bridges. Denise provides advice to clients on contract negotiation and complex business disputes, including claims for non-payment, delay, and acceleration and allegations of defective construction.  Denise also represents owners, contractors, and subcontractors on a variety of construction issues ranging from construction contracts, collection of unpaid amounts, OSHA violations, mechanic’s liens, workers compensation immunity disputes, and prevailing wage disputes.

In addition to her work on behalf of clients, Denise is a mediator and arbitrator. Denise is a Panel Member with the American Arbitration Association (AAA), Construction and Commercial. In addition to Construction and Commercial cases, Denise’s extensive litigation of personal injury, product liability, and other disputes provides parties with the benefit of more than 25 years of experience to assist with alternative dispute resolution options.

Denise’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.

Denise’s extensive experience includes providing legal advice to clients directed to their business needs, as well as to achieve the best legal result possible.  Denise 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.  Denise also has trial and arbitration experience with successful results for her clients. Denise is a frequent presenter on construction law and other complex legal topics.


  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas


  • AAA Construction and Commercial Arbitrator and Mediator
  • DRI
  • State Bar of Kentucky
  • Louisville Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • St. Michael Catholic Church, Member and Auction Chair
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