John G. McNeill

Email MeJohn G. McNeill

Partner
Location:
Lexington, Kentucky
Phone:
859-255-2424 ext. 241 (Local)
888-322-2505 (Toll-Free)
Fax:
859-233-0308
Email:
I have been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America for personal injury litigation defense. I am a Kentucky Super Lawyers and have been an AV Preeminent Rated Attorney for 12 years.

I have spoken frequently state wide and nationally on Civil Litigation, Trial practice and Tactics, Commercial Trucking Litigation, Insurer Law and Education and School Law areas. I have chaired the Kentucky Bar Association convention CLE program in 1998 and 2010. I have served in leadership positions in the Fayette County Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association and the John Rowe chapter of the NBA.

I have over 31 years' experience as a successful trial attorney. My Practice is concentrated in Civil Trial Practice, Commercial Trucking Litigation, Insurance Defense law, Public Education/School Law, Civil Rights Litigation, Complex Litigation, Premises Liability/Arson Litigation, Product Liability Law, Bad Faith Litigation in both state and federal courts, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Wrongful Death and Professional Malpractice Law. My significant expertise with insurance coverage litigation, via declaratory judgment actions, the provision of coverage opinion letters and examinations under oath is also extensive.

I volunteer a great deal of my time to Civil outreach such as, mentoring members of the BLSA at the University of Kentucky College of Law; serving with men with one voice empowered and focused on serving as a role model for under-parented and disenfranchised youth.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation Defense
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Education/School Law
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Law
  • Race Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Education Law
  • Public Schools
  • Special Education
  • Student Rights
  • Directors' & Officers' Liability Insurance
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Property & Casualty
  • Employee Rights -- Employer
  • Employment Discrimination -- Employer
  • Complex Litigation
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • State Appellate Practice
  • State Trial Practice
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Animal Bites -- Defense
  • Assault & Battery -- Defense
  • Defamation & Privacy -- Defense
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Defense
  • Premises Liability -- Defense
  • Property Damage -- Defense
  • Slip and Fall -- Defense
  • Wrongful Death -- Defense
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Machinery & Tools
  • Recreational Products

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1984

Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1982
    • Honors: W.L. Matthews Scholarship
    • Honors: Inductee, University of Kentucky College of Law Hall of Fame, 2016
  • University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
    • B.S. - 1979
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Kentucky Civil Practice Before Trial (Discovery Chapter), U.K. CLE (updated 1998, 2009), 1989

Classes/Seminars

  • Litigation Skills, University of Kentucky College of Law, 1990 - 2000
  • Automobile and Trucking Accident Trial Tactics, NBI - (Annually), 1997 - 2012
  • Ethical Litigation, NBA National Convention, 1993
  • Electronic Discovery, KBA Annual Convention CLE, 2009
  • High Tech Courtrooms for Dummies, KBA Annual Convention, 2010
  • Mechanics of Kentucky Civil Procedure, NBI, 2012
  • Settlement strategies in Motor Vehicle Case, NBI, 2009
  • FRI Annual Winter Meeting, Phoenix Arizona, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2017, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants in Lexington
  • Inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Law Hall of Fame, 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants in Lexington
  • Upholding the Torch of Excellence Award, 24th Annual Lyman T. Johnson Awards Celebration, University of Kentucky College of Law, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated, 2000 - 2014
  • Best Lawyers of America, 2010 - 2014
  • Board of Visitors University of Wyoming, Laramie Wyoming, 2005 - 2014
  • Visiting Committee, University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, KY, 2013 - 2014
  • Appointed by Governor to serve on Domestic Violence and Civil Remedies Task Force, 1999 - 2003
  • Appointed by Lexington Mayor to Serve on Mass Transit System Board of Directors, 1993 - 2001
  • Appointed by Supreme Court of Kentucky as a Trial Commissioner in Lawyer Discipline Matters, 2007 - 2014
  • Fellow, Kentucky Bar Foundation, 2005 - 2014
  • Fellow, Fayette County Bar Foundation, 2008 - 2014
  • Lafferty Fellow, University of Kentucky College of Law, 1998 - 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • John Rowe Chapter, National Bar Association, 1987 - 2014
  • John Rowe Chapter, National Bar Association, President, 1990 - 1992
  • John Rowe Chapter, National Bar Association, President, 2000 - 2002
  • American Bar Association, 1982 - 2014
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 1982 - 2014
  • Kentucky Bar Association, CLE Chair for KBA Annual Convention, 1998
  • Kentucky Bar Association, CLE Chair for KBA Annual Convention, 2010
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member, 1982 - 2014
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1989 - 1993
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Economic Litigation Task Force, 1996 - 1998
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel, Member, 2007 - Present
  • National Council of School Board Attorneys, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Kentucky Council of School Board Attorneys, Board of Directors - Member, 2007 - 2011
  • Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky, Board of Directors - Member, 2009 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Department of Law, Corporate Counsel II, 1983 - 1985

Pro Bono Activities

  • Citizens Advisory Board to the Lexington Juvenile Day Treatment Center, 1989 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Lexington High Street YMCA, 2000 - 2008
  • Mentor for University of Kentucky BLSA Chapter, 2008 - Present
  • Men with One Voice Empowered (MOVE), 2009 - Present