• 29 Oct 2017 11:06 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC welcomes its newest member:  Elizabeth Ann Beal of O'Bryan, Brown & Toner PLLC, Louisville is a University of Kentucky Law School graduate.  Ms. Beal practice in the area of Medical Malpractice and is sponsored by KDC member, Scott Burroughs.

  • 27 Oct 2017 10:19 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC member, Samuel E. T. Jones, is now practicing with Goldberg Simpson, LLC, Prospect.

  • 27 Oct 2017 9:40 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    The following is a DRI Press Release issued October 26, 2017:

    Insurance "Deeply Flawed"


    CHICAGO ­– (October 26, 2017)— In a letter earlier this month to Richard Revesz, Executive Director of the American Law Institute (ALI), DRI expressed disagreement and concern with several key provisions of the ALI Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance. The Restatement was scheduled for a final vote of ALI membership earlier this year, but the organization deferred that final ballot until May, 2018 to give the project’s Reporters additional time to consider and respond to the concerns of DRI and others. 

    DRI cited various parts of the Restatement as “at odds with the common law of insurance,” “making coverage litigation more protracted and expensive,” “not supported by existing authority and at odds with professional liability rules and the law governing lawyers,” “seeking to address a problem which does not exist,” and “misleading in the extreme.” 

    DRI maintains that the problems that it raised last spring regarding the Restatement still have not been corrected.  “…This project continues on a trajectory that is deeply flawed in several important respects. (Those include) its rejection of settled insurance common law such as the plain meaning rule; its failure to recognize the fundamental problems that would result from its proposal for insurer liability for the actions of defense counsel; and its refusal to defer to legislative determinations such as those regarding whether and when special fee-shifting rules should be applied to insurance law.” 

    For instance, Section 12 would create new direct liability on the part of the insurer to the insured for the acts of defense counsel, and would do so in the absence of appropriate case law support.   In fact, the Restatement draft itself acknowledged that “[t]here is little case law on this topic.” If the Restatement were to retain Section 12 as written, there is little doubt that the impact of such a rule would impede the attorney-client relationship of such defense counsel with the policyholder and tread on counsel’s professional obligations. 

    DRI maintains the position that it declared in a letter to ALI in May of this year: “In sum the current draft of this Restatement does not codify existing common law, but instead repeatedly stakes out new and controversial positions without adequate grounding in law or public policy.  ALI should not adopt this Restatement project as it stands.” 

    “We have great appreciation and respect for the work of ALI,” says DRI president John Kuppens. “Theirs is a difficult task, and they provide a great service to the judicial system. But a Restatement is meant to clarify existing law not to create new law; or to paraphrase the late Justice Scalia, ‘to state what the law is, not what some would like it to be.’” 

  • 25 Oct 2017 11:23 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC welcomes its newest member, Michelle Cecelia Marie Fox of O'Bryan, Brown & Toner, Louisville.  Ms. Fox is a graduate of the Indiana University Maure School of Law and practices in the areas of Medical Malpractice and Professional Liability.  She is sponsored by KDC member, Scott Burroughs.

  • 24 Oct 2017 4:47 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    Our graphic designer, Jeff Freibert (Common Defense and our seminar registration forms, among other items), is reaching out to the members of Kentucky  Defense Counsel to submit photos of your local courthouse.  This is a fun and easy way to get involved with KDC and also a way to show off some of the beautiful courthouses Kentucky has to offer.  Your photo(s) could be used on the cover of Common Defense and you will receive appropriate recognition on the insider cover.  To learn more about what Jeff will need to make your photo work, you can download this pdf for all of the guidelines.  COURTHOUSE PHOTO REQUEST.pdf

  • 15 Oct 2017 1:41 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC welcomes its two newest members:

    Shawn Christopher Conley of Porter, Banks, Baldwin & Shaw, PLLC, Paintsville, is a Chase College of Law, University of Northern Kentucky graduate.  Mr. Conley practices in the areas of Appellate, Auto, Education, Employment, General Liability, Government Entity, Insurance Coverage, Medial Malpractice, Nursing Home, Premises & Professional Liability, and Tort.  He is a member of DRI and is sponsored by KDC Vice President, Darrin Banks.

    Alexandra Deaton DeMoss-Campbell of Ward Hocker & Thornton, LLP, Lexington, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law.  Ms. DeMoss-Campbell practices in the areas of Appellate, Auto, General Liability, Government, Insurance, Tort & Trucking.  She is sponsored by KDC's YLS Chair, Jillian House.

  • 13 Oct 2017 10:25 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC member, David Haney, is now practicing with MedPro in Louisville.

  • 08 Oct 2017 2:36 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC welcomes its newest member, Craig L. Johnson of Whonsetler & Johnson, Louisville.  Craig graduated from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and practices in the area of Medical Malpractice.

  • 07 Oct 2017 7:41 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    DRI's National Elections were held this week at the DRI Annual Meeting in Chicago. The following results of those elections were announced Saturday, October 7th.  John F. Kuppens of Columbia, SC is PresidentToyja E. Kelley of Baltimore, MD is President-ElectPhilip L. Willman of St. Louis, MO is First Vice PresidentEmily G. Coughlin of Boston, MA was elected Second Vice President, Douglas K. Burrell of Atlanta, GAwas chosen as the Secretary-Treasurer and John E. Cuttino of Columbia, SC has become Immediate Past President.
    Four new National Directors were elected to three-year terms. They are Alex J. Hagan of Raleigh, NCR. Jeffrey Lowe of New Albany, IN;
     Anne M. Talcott of Portland, OR; and J. Carter Thompson of Jackson, MS

    Four new Regional Directors were also elected.  Heather A. Sanderson is the new Canadian Regional DirectorGary L. Grubler is the new Central Regional DirectorMelissa K. Roeder is the new Northwest Regional Director and Theodore Freeman is the new Southeast Regional Director.  

    Please join me in congratulating DRI’s new Officers and Directors.

  • 30 Sep 2017 3:42 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC member Gregory Funfsinn is now practicing with Walters Meadows Richardson, PLLC, Lexington.

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