Providing legal excellence for over 60 years in Kentucky

Biography

I have been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America for personal injury litigation defense. I am a Kentucky Super Lawyer 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 35 years’ experience as a successful trial attorney. My Practice concentrates on 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 andFederal Courts, Wrongful Death and Professional Malpractice Law. 
 
I volunteer a great deal of my time to civic outreach such as, mentoring members of the BLSA at the University of Kentucky College of Law; serving with Men with One Voice Empowered (MOVE); The Georgetown Men’s Association; and Care2, all focused on serving as a role model for under-represented and disenfranchised youth.

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

Bar Admission

  • 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

Practice Areas

  • 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

Published Works

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

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2020, 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 - 2020
  • 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

Classes & Seminars

  • Litigation Skills, University of Kentucky College of Law, 1990 to 2000
  • Automobile and Trucking Accident Trial Tactics, NBI - (Annually), 1997 to 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

Pro-Bono Activities

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

Past Positions

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

Professional Associations

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

Current Employment Position

  • Partner