Douglas L. Hoots

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Lexington, Kentucky
859-554-4038 (Local)
888-322-2505 (Toll-Free)
Douglas L. Hoots is a partner in the law firm of Landrum & Shouse LLP in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky . His main practice areas are Insurance Defense, Civil Litigation, Employment Discrimination – Employer, and State and Federal Trial/Appellate Practice.  He is a Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum,  Member of Kentucky Defense Counsel,  Defense Research Institute (DRI) member,  Member of Insurance Institute of Kentucky, Top Attorney in Kentucky, AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell, Best Lawyers in America, Former Adjunct Professor of Paralegal Studies at EKU, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and has had dozens of speaking engagements to Insurance Professionals and attorneys.   He is admitted to practice before all Kentucky State and Federal Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.  He has also had numerous published cases in the Kentucky Court of Appeals, Kentucky Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit primarily in the areas of insurance litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.

Mr. Hoots is also a Certified Property and Casualty Underwriter.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Municipal Law
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • Police Misconduct
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Employment Discrimination -- Employer
  • Complex Litigation
  • Federal Appellate Practice
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • State Appellate Practice
  • State Trial Practice
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1985
  • Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
    • B.A. - 1982
    • Major: Economics


  • Former Instructor of Paralegal Studies, Eastern Kentucky University

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2017, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants in Lexington
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants in Lexington
  • Selected as a 2015 Member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Inducted as a member of Trial Masters, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Super Lawyers 2010-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated
  • Top Attorneys in Kentucky
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Defense Counsel
  • Insurance Institute of KY
  • Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Paralegal Studies, Eastern Kentucky University


  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon