Cox & Mazzoli Downtown Louisville



Scott C. Cox

Education: Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, J.D., 1985; University of Kentucky, B.A., 1981, Law Review.

Admitted: Practices criminal cases in all courts. United States District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Kentucky and Southern District of Indiana; United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

Memberships: American College of Trial Lawyers; Louisville, Kentucky and American Bar Associations; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Board of Directors, Louisville Bar Association, 2014-2015.

Military: Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army Reserve and Captain, Kentucky National Guard, 1987-1995.

Biography: Former federal prosecutor, Assistant United States Attorney, 1987-1994, Prosecuted narcotics, white collar and public corruption offenses; Chairman Louisville Arena Authority, 2016-present, oversees finances and operations of KFC YUM! Center, home of the University of Louisville Men’s and Women’s basketball teams; President, Kentucky Chapter Federal Bar Association, 1990; Vice Chairman, Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, 1999-2001; Former member, Board of Directors, Federal Public Defender Western District of Kentucky.

Reported Cases: Tooleyv. Karsner, No.2017-CA-927; United States v. Rice, 478 F.3d 704 (6th Cir. 2007); United States v. Cherry, -F.3d-,2007 WL 1373188,C.A. 6, (2007); United States v. Heath, 259 F.3d 522 (6th Cir. 2001); United States v. Saldolsky, 234 F.3d 938 (6th Cir. 2000); United States v. Payne, 181 F.3d 781 (6th Cir. 1999); United States v. Heavrin, 144 F.Supp.2d 769 (W.D.Ky. 2001); United States v. Ford, 184 F.3d 566 (6th Cir. 1999); Reyes v. Hardin Cty., 55 S.W.3d 337 (Ky. 2001).


Michael R. Mazzoli

Education: University of Louisville, J.D., 1992, University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1983

Admitted: 1992, Kentucky; 1994, U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky; 1997, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit; 1999, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana; 2001, U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit and U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Memberships: Kentucky Bar Association; Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court (Barrister, 1999-2001); Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys.

Languages: Italian

Biography: Law Clerk, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II, Western District of Kentucky, 1992-1994. Member, Board of Directors, Federal Public Defender for Western District of Kentucky. Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1994-1999. Member, Board of Directors, Kentucky YMCA 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2018.

Mike was a member of the United States Sentencing Commission’s Practitioner’s Advisory Group, a panel of seventeen attorneys from around the United States who are chosen to advise the Sentencing Commission on such matters as priorities for sentencing reform and proposed amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines. Mike served a three-year term (2009-2012) as one of three at-large members on the committee.

Mike is the head of the Criminal Justice Act Attorneys Panel, a group of over one hundred federal criminal defense attorneys in the Western District of Kentucky who accept appointments to defend indigent clients in federal court. As Panel Representative, Mike regularly provides updates about changes in criminal law, local and national legal education seminars, good sources of case law and analytical information, and details about billing rates and payment processing for appointed attorneys. Mike also helps manage the Panel, serves as liaison to the federal Judges, and represents the Western District of Kentucky’s attorneys at the annual national conference of Panel Representatives. Mike was named to lead the panel in 2005 and was re-appointed to serve another four-year term in 2009.

Mike is the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Federal Community Defender’s Office, the agency that serves as the “public defender” for persons accused of federal crimes in the Western District of Kentucky. As Board member, Mike helps manage the office’s business affairs and consults on other matters as appropriate. Mike was named to the Board in 2002, and reappointed by the Western District of Kentucky Judges for successive three-year terms in 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2018.

Mike was selected to serve on the Advisory Committee on Rules of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit commencing April 1, 2015. Mike provides the Sixth Circuit with the benefit of his advice and recommendations on behalf of the practicing bar with regard to the Sixth Circuit’s local rules and internal operation procedures. Mike was recommended for service on this committee by one or more judges serving on the Sixth Circuit based on his experience in federal practice, including practice Before the Sixth Circuit.


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