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  • 14 Jan 2021 9:25 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC is pleased to welcome its newest member:

    Miranda R. Carter of Dzenitis Newman, PLLC, Louisville is a University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law graduate.  Ms. Carter practices in the areas of Medical Malpractice and Nursing Homes.  She is a member of DRI and is sponsored by KDC member, Elizabeth A. Beal.

  • 28 Dec 2020 12:44 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC is pleased to welcome its newest member:

    James "Jamey" Edward Skaggs of Casey Bailey & Maines, PLLC, Lexington is a University of Kentucky Law School graduate.  Mr. Skaggs practices in the areas of Auto, Insurance, Tort & Workers' Comp.  He is sponsored by KDC member, F. Allon Bailey.

  • 10 Dec 2020 9:34 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC is pleased to welcome its newest member:

    Harlan Judd of Judd, Satterfield & Associates, PLLC, Bowling Green, is a graduate of the Cumberland School of Law.  Mr.  Judd, while focusing on many areas of law, also focuses on Banking and Financial Institutions.  He is a member of DRI and is sponsored by KDC member, Robert Cetrulo.

  • 07 Dec 2020 10:43 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC welcomes its newest member:

    David A. Shearer, Jr. of Garvey Shearer Nordstrom, Ft. Mitchell.  Mr. Shearer is a graduate of the University of Kentucky Law School and practices in the areas of Auto, Bad Faith, Construction, Employment, General Liability, Insurance Coverage, Premises Liability, Product Liability and Tort.  He is sponsored by KDC member, John J. Garvey, III.

  • 21 Nov 2020 12:38 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC welcomes its newest member:

    Christopher Brann of Garvey Shearer Nordstrom, Fort Mitchell is a graduate of the Chase College of Law and practices in the areas of Appellate, Auto, Bad Faith, Business Litigation, Construction, General Liability, Insurance Coverage, Premises Liability, Tort and Trucking.  He is a member of DRI and is sponsored by KDC Director, Andrew Garverich

  • 13 Nov 2020 8:31 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC recognized the winners of this year's awards at its Fall Seminar:

    • Diplomat - Robert M. Spragens, Jr. (nominated by John C. Miller)
    • Defense Lawyers of the Year - Stacey A. Blankenship (nominated by Jim Landry)
    • Young Lawyer - Olivia F. Amlung (nominated by Jeff Mando)

    Additionally, the Executive Committee recognized the work of two past presidents:

    • Robert ("Bob") M. Hoffer and Katherine ("Kit") M. Hornback (recognized at the program by KDC Past President, Mitch Hall.)

    The Executive Committee Award is not given each year.

    All of the award recipients will, hopefully, be presented with their awards at the KDC Spring Seminar on March 12th in Lexington.  Additionally, they will be featured in the Fall-Winter 2019-20 issue of Common Defense.

    Congratulations to all award recipients!


  • 13 Nov 2020 8:23 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    What a great turnout for the KDC Fall Seminar.  74 individuals registered and participated in the various programs throughout the day.  Many thanks to our sponsors:  American Structurepoint, Encore Wealth Management, Exponent, Kentuckiana Court Reporters, Lawyers Mutual, Robson and SEA, Ltd. for joining us throughout the day as well, and for their presentations at the beginning of the program.

    Additionally, lots of thanks to Tia Combs and Jason Coltharp for their great line-up of speakers, helping to make the day fantastic:

    • Barry M. Miller and Christina L. Vessels - Coverage Gone Viral:  Insurance Coverage Issues in the Age of COVID-19
    • Helen Gulgun Bukulmez - Attorney Wellness:  How Diversity, Inclusion and Purposeful Spending Assist Your Clients in Hiring
    • E. Frederick "Rick" Straub, Jr. - Virtual Mediations
    • John F. "Jack" Delany, III and Mary Noffsinger, PhD -- Understanding Juror's Generational Differences to Win at Trial.


  • 13 Nov 2020 8:12 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC President, Paul Lawless, recognized the outgoing KDC Directors at the KDC Fall Seminar on November 12.  Those include:

    • Guy Hughes, Lexington  (District 5)
    • Steve McGinnis, Greenup (District 7)
    • Dave Stratton, Pikeville (District 7)
    • Todd Page, Lexington (District 5, now an Officer)

    Paul also recognized new KDC Directors:

    • Jeff Baldwin, Pikeville (District 7)
    • Ashley Brown, Lexington (District 5)
    • Todd Kennedy, Pikeville (District 7)
    • Christine Stanley, Lexington (Director at Large)
    • Beth Winchell, Lexington (District 5)

    Many thanks to our Nomination Committee (Paul Lawless, Jason Coltharp and Tia Combs) for their work in selecting these individuals to serve on KDC's Board.

    The 2020-21 Awards/Nomination Committee will be made up of Claire Parsons, Kristen Fowler and Tia Combs.



  • 13 Nov 2020 8:10 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC is pleased to announce its officers for 2020-21:

    • President, Paul Lawless
    • President-Elect, Jason Coltharp
    • Vice President, Kristen Fowler
    • Secretary-Treasurer, Todd Page
    • Immediate Past President, Claire Parsons

    Paul recognized Claire's presidency during the Fall Seminar, including the fact there was a lot to deal with because of, you guess it, COVID-19.  Thank you, Claire, for a job well done.

  • 13 Nov 2020 8:02 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    Many thanks to KDC's Social Committee Chair, Jarad Key, for a fun-filled cocktail reception and a great list of trivia questions, all Kentucky related!  Around 44 individuals participated!  The trivia winners (Amazon gift cards) include Tia Combs, David Kramer, Andrew Yocum, Andrew DeSimone, Darrin Banks, Scott Burroughs, Jeb Jarrell, Beth Lochmiller, Scott Davidson, Jared Sigler, Ryan McLane, Chris Colson, Stacey Blankenship and Jason Coltharp.

    In-between trivia questions, discussions were held sharing current legal practices in light of COVID-19 and other such.


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