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  • 26 Nov 2019 1:50 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    Did you get your most recent issue of DRI's For the Defense (Nov '19)?  Check out page 28 where you'll see the article "Cross Indemnification Practices and Pitfalls" co-authored by KDC member, Gene Zipperle of Ward, Hocker & Thornton, LLP, Louisville.

  • 20 Nov 2019 2:22 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC is pleased to announce that Tia Combs of Freeman, Mathis & Gray, LLP, Lexington began serving a two-year term as Chair of the YLS Committee effective November 15, 2019.  Additionally, Jarad Key of Goldberg Simpson, LLC, Prospect, who just completed a two-year term as YLS Chair, will now begin serving as Chair of the Social/Community Outreach Committee.


  • 20 Nov 2019 2:13 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC is pleased to announce that David Kramer of DBL Law, Crestview Hills, is the recipient of its Executive Committee Award.  Dave has chaired the Amicus Committee for six years, having overseen the filing of 13 amicus briefs.  Dave thanked those who have been involved in the process with him over the years, as well as all of those who have been involved in selecting and writing briefs.  Congratulations to Dave on the well-deserved award.


  • 20 Nov 2019 2:03 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    Effective November 15, 2019, the following individuals will serve as Officers of KDC.

    President - Claire E. Parsons of Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing, PLLC, Covington

    President-Elect - Paul T. Lawless of Bell Orr Ayers & Moore, PSC, Bowling Green

    Vice President - Jason R. Coltharp of Whitlow, Roberts, Houston & Straub, Paducah

    Secretary-Treasurer - Kristen Fowler of Napier Gault Schupbach & Stevens, PLC, Louisville

    Immediate Past President - Darrin Banks of Porter, Schmitt, Bank & Baldwin, Paintsville

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  • 20 Nov 2019 1:50 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC welcomes its two newest members:

    Ashley Paige Hoover of Taylor, Keller & Oswald, PLLC, London, graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law.  Ms. Hoover practices in the areas of Auto and Premises Liability.  She is sponsored by KDC member, Clayton Oswald.

    Renee Gibson Hoskins of Smith & Hoskins PLLC, Louisville, graduated from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.  Ms. Hoskins practices in the areas of Auto and General Liability.  She is sponsored by KDC member, Gregory Smith.

  • 26 Oct 2019 4:12 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC welcomes its three newest members:

    Coleman Len Hellyer of Sewell & Neal, PLLC, Louisville is a graduate of the University of Notre Damage.  Mr. Hellyer practices in the areas of Auto, Construction, Insurance, Premises and Trucking.  He is a member of DRI and is sponsored by KDC member, Charles Walker.

    John Davis Nicholas of O'Bryan, Brown & Toner, PLLC, Louisville, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky Law School.  Mr. Nicholas practices in the areas of Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home, Premises Liability, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Tort & Workers' Compensation.  He is sponsored by KDC member, Mary Beth O'Bryan.

    John Forcht Stockley of O'Bryan, Brown & Toner, PLLC, Louisville, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky Law School.  Mr. Nicholas practices in the areas of Auto, General Liability, Insurance Coverage, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home, & Tort.  He is sponsored by KDC member, Mary Beth O'Bryan.

  • 26 Oct 2019 12:39 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)


    KDC wishes to congratulate KDC's Past President, Beth Lochmiller, on receiving the DRI's Kevin P. Driskill Award for Outstanding State Representative.   Beth was presented with the award at the 2019 DRI Annual Meeting Awards Dinner in New Orleans. 

  • 15 Oct 2019 9:43 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)


    KDC is pleased to announce the following individuals were selected as this  year's KDC award recipients:

    • Diplomat - James D. Harris of Kerrick Bachert, PSC, Bowling Green
    • Defense Lawyer of the Year - James A. Sigler of Keuler, Kelly, Hutchins, Blankenship & Sigler, LLP, Paducah
    • Young Lawyer - James P. Landry of Keuler, Kelly, Hutchins, Blankenship & Sigler, LLP, Paducah

    These three individuals will be recognized at the KDC Awards Luncheon on November 15, held in conjunction with the KDC Fall Seminar. 

              

    CONGRATULATIONS TO EACH OF YOU!!

  • 11 Oct 2019 2:28 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    Kentucky Defense Counsel is pleased to announce that two recent decisions of the Supreme Court of Kentucky aligned with amicus curiae briefs submitted by KDC.

    Ashland Hospital Corp. v. Lewis , 2018-SC-276 (rendered 8/29/19), involved a medical malpractice claim in which the Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the physician and hospital defendants. The trial court had found that the plaintiff could not establish a prima facie case of negligence due to insufficient evidence of causation. The Court of Appeals reversed after concluding that expert testimony was not needed to support causation. The Supreme Court granted discretionary review, reversed the Court of Appeals, and reinstated the summary judgment in favor of the defendants after finding that causation evidence was necessary and that the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur did not apply. KDC’s amicus brief was authored by Melissa Thompson Richardson, Elizabeth Bass and Katie Haagen of WMR Defense. KDC members who successfully represented the defendants in the case were Mitchell Hall, Keri Hieneman and Alexis Orlando Gonzalez-Lopez of VanAntwerp Attorneys, LLP (counsel for Ashland Hospital), and Kenneth Williams, Jr., David Latherow and Geoffrey Marsh (counsel for Paul Wesley Lewis, M.D.). The decision was designated for publication in the South Western Reporter and became final on September 24, 2019.

    In Waugh v. Parker, 2018-SC-405 (rendered 9/26/19), the Court ruled in favor of the defense in a landlord/tenant case and affirmed dismissal of the tenant’s personal injury claim under common law principles rather than permitting the plaintiff to assert a negligence per se claim premised on provisions of the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. KDC’s amicus brief was authored by Joey Wright of Thompson Miller & Simpson PLC and Andrew Yocum of Kriz, Jenkins, Prewitt & Jones, PLC. KDC members who represented the defendants were Berlin Tsai and Joe Hummel of Lynch Cox Gilman & Goodwin, P.S.C. The decision was designated for publication in the South Western Reporter but is not final as of the date of this report.

    Congratulations to all of the authors, and an additional thanks to the officers of KDC’s Amicus Committee who worked with them: David Kramer (Chair) and Aaron Silletto and Bill Orberson (Vice-Chairs).

  • 11 Oct 2019 2:26 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC welcomes its newest member:

    Patrick D. Pace of Kamuf, Pace & Kamuf, Owensboro, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law.  Mr. Pace practices in the areas of Civil Rights, Contract, Employment, General Liability, Municipal, Tort and Utilities.  He is a member of DRI.

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