• 17 Apr 2018 8:56 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC welcomes its newest member Olivia Flora Amlung of Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing, PLLC, Covington.  Ms. Amlung is a University of Cincinnati College of Law graduate and practices in the areas of Auto, Government, Insurance, and Tort.  She is sponsored by KDC Vice President, Claire Parsons.

  • 15 Apr 2018 11:03 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC is pleased to welcome it newest member, Jordan Michael White of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, Louisville.  Mr. White is a graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and practices in the areas of Business Litigation, Commercial, Employment, General Liability and Tort.  He is sponsored by KDC member, Donald Kelly.

  • 09 Apr 2018 12:42 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    In the Fall 2017 member survey, many KDC members requested a "ListServ" type program.  With many thanks to KDC Secretary-Treasurer, Paul Lawless, and his firm's IT guru, John Mitchell, we have now set-up an email list which all KDC members may use to communicate.  This will be used instead of the need to go through the KDC office, and will help expedite responses.  Four-five administrators will be available to review the email requests and approve them for immediate distribution.  All KDC members have been sent a link to confirm their inclusion on the list.

    We plan to review the use of this program in 6-8 months to determine its usage.  If the demand is there, we will look into adding additional groups, such as "Medical Malpractice", "Workers' Comp", "Young Lawyers", "Publication Committee" ...  

  • 09 Apr 2018 12:37 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC welcomes the following new members:

    Chad O. Propst of Thompson Miller & Simpson PLC, Louisville is a University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law graduate.  Mr.  Propst practices in the areas of Appellate, Business Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Professional Liability and Tort.  He is sponsored by KDC Past President, Brad Hume, and is a member of DRI.

    Joey A. Wrightof Thompson Miller & Simpson PLC, Louisville is a University of Kentucky Law School graduate.  Mr.  Wright practices in the areas of Appellate, Business Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Professional Liability and Tort.  He is sponsored by KDC Past President, Brad Hume, and is a member of DRI.

  • 30 Mar 2018 4:10 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC is pleased to welcome the following new members:

    Alexis Orland Gonzalez-Lopez of VanAntwerp Attorneys, Ashland, is a University of Kentucky Law School graduate.  Mr. Gonzalez-Lopez practices in the areas of Contract, Insurance Coverage, and Medical Malpractice.  He is sponsored by KDC President, Mitch Hall.

    Brittany B. McKenna of Napier Gault Schupbach & Stevens, Louisville, is a University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law graduate.  Ms. McKenna practices in the areas of General Liability, Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home.  She is sponsored by KDC Director/Publication Chair, Kristen Fowler

    Kevin Shay Owens of Napier Gault Schupbach & Stevens, Louisville, is a University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law graduate.  Mr. Owens practices in the areas of Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home, and is sponsored by KDC Director/Publication Chair, Kristen Fowler

  • 30 Mar 2018 10:00 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    DRI has extended the deadline for completed applications for the DRI Diversity Law Student Scholarships to April 10th. As you know, we award two $10,000 scholarships each year to two deserving law students who advance the cause of diversity in the law profession. Please pass this information along to law schools or eligible students in your area and urge them to apply.  Click here to download the information you will need to apply dri-2018-diversity-scholarship-application-fnl.pdf

    Please encourage law students you know to apply.

  • 25 Mar 2018 9:49 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    We were really saddened to learn of the death of KDC's Past President, Robert G. Breetz this past Thursday.  Our condolences are extended to the entire Breetz family, including his son Matt, who is also a Past President of KDC.  Louisville has lost a fine leader.

    Robert G. Breetz, Sr., Louisville - 82, unexpectedly filed his final brief Thursday March 22, 2018, at 4 PM. He was born May 25, 1935, in Covington, KY to Herbert George Breetz of New Albany, IN and Evelyn Bechtold Breetz of Covington, KY. 

    Bob was a loving husband, a dedicated father and grandfather, an extraordinarily compassionate lawyer and judge, and a friend to all. He has long been known for his keen intelligence, wonderful sense of humor, and kind, generous, and loving nature. After attending seminary for a time, he moved to Louisville and entered law school, graduating from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1960. He was a member of the Kentucky National Guard for a number of years, where he was told he couldn't even peel a potato well. He was a founding member of the Louisville recreational softball team, the Heffalumps, where he routinely turned triples into singles by virtue of his exceptional speed. His talents were put to their best use in his long and varied legal career, beginning as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Roy Shelbourne, working as an associate and then for decades as a partner in the law firm Stites & Harbison, as a judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and as the initial claims counsel and subsequent COO of Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky. He retired in 2010 but still loved the law and used his knowledge to help others even after he retired. 

    Bob lost the love of his life, Dalarna Gayle Tuttle, in 2014, after 53 years of marriage. He is survived by his five children, Robert Gregory "Greg" (Ginger) of Franklin, TN, Bethany Ann "Beth" (Ron Loughry) of Louisville, Juliet Marie "Julie" Miller-Breetz (Greg) of Towson, MD, Matthew Warren "Matt" (Sandra) and Christopher Alan "Chris" (Brigid) both of Louisville, KY, twenty grandchildren (Jordan, Bailey, Kenzie, Trey, Walker, Mason, Jemma, Katie, Madeline, Anna, Jude, Tibebe, Kaleab, Nathaniel, Abigayle, Hawi, Aden, Austen, Tristan and Emma) his brother William "Bill" Breetz of Cincinnati, OH and his sister Ann (Dick) Elmer of Wilmington, NC. He also left behind a men's group he participated in for over 40 years who supported one another during the ups and downs of life, a group of friends he and Dalarna had since their college days, and a wonderful community at Magnolia Springs, where he lived the last couple of years playing poker or bridge or both almost every day. Finally, his family wishes to thank the "dream team" at University of Louisville Hospital, including the many fabulous nurses and others on 7 West, who provided excellent care and showed great compassion during his final week.

    Visitation will be at Pearson's,149 Breckinridge Lane on Monday, March 26 from 1 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 27 at Beulah Presbyterian Church, 6704 Bardstown Road, with visitation afterwards at the church. 

    In lieu of flowers donations to either Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty ( or Fern Creek Highview United Ministries ( would be greatly appreciated.

  • 12 Mar 2018 12:38 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    Check out page 48 of the March 2018 issue of DRI's publication, For the Defense.  KDC member, Langdon Ryan Worley of Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, PLLC, Lexington has authored an article:  The Deliberative -- Process Privilege and Its Effect on Discovery.  Great job, Langdon!

  • 02 Mar 2018 11:00 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    KDC welcomes its newest member, James Patrick Landry of Keuler, Kelly, Hutchins, Blankenship & Sigler, LLP, Paducah.  James is a University of Kentucky Law School graduated and practices in the areas of Auto, Civil Rights, Employment, General Liability, Government, Insurance, Medical Malpractice, Municipal, Premises, Product Liability, Tort, and Trucking.  He is sponsored by KDC member, Kristen Worak.

  • 01 Mar 2018 1:21 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    For more information, contact:

    Tim Kolly  | Director,

    Center for Law and Public Policy

    P: 312.698.6220 |  E:

    The following is a press released issued by DRI on February 23, 2018

    GDPR: It’s Coming, It’s Expensive, and It’s a Serious Problem for American Businesses

    DRI Guide Provides Free Help in Addressing Requirements of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation

    CHICAGO ­– (February 23, 2018)— Warning that there is little time to prepare for the May 25th deadline, DRI–The Voice of the Defense Bar, is publishing a guide to the hefty requirements of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and how to meet them. The publication was produced by DRI’s Center for Law and Public Policy.

    Titled “What Is GDPR? If You And Your Clients Are Still Asking That On May 25, 2018, You May Have a Serious Problem” the guide explains the long reach of the regulation (it’s global), the serious and expensive preparation required for it, and the hefty financial penalties (up to 20 million Euros) for non-compliance.

    The regulation applies to anyone who offers goods and services in the EU, or gathers, processes, stores, or uses data on EU citizens. “To show how extensive the reach of the GDPR is,” says DRI President John Kuppens, “consider the following example. Let’s say a “mom and pop” bookstore in Ohio sells a single book to a customer in France. By virtue of collecting payment information, the bookstore is now required to abide by the extensive and onerous requirements of the GDPR. I have to say that I’ve never seen anything like it.”

    While the guide was produced for DRI’s 22,000 defense attorney members, as a public service, DRI is making it available free to the public on DRI’s web site at As a practical tool, the publication includes a 3½ page checklist for users. “Just considering that the checklist is three and a half pages long with close to 50 steps to be accomplished, ought to tell American businesses, including law firms, that they need to seriously dig in to meet the May 25th deadline,” says DRI Executive Director John R. Kouris. “I say that from experience because we here at DRI are also subject to the GDPR because we have European members.”

    The guide states that the GDPR applies to entities whether they have three employees or 300,000. An Irish official has warned that affected entities “whether they are big or small, public or private, the consequences for non-compliance will be significant.”

    The guide in its entirety may be found here.  Its co-authors are DRI members Susan Gunter (Canada), Laura Fey (United States), Judy Krieg (United Kingdom), Winston Maxwell (France), John Magee (Ireland), and Tobias Schelinski (Germany). All are available for comment through Center Director Tim Kolly using the contact information above.


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