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Local litigation firms            Local litigation stars                          David Tachau
                                                                                  Tachau Meek
Highly recommended                Gregory Bubalo
                                  Bubalo Rotman                                   Robert Theuerkauf
Bubalo Rotman                     Civil                                           Middleton Reutlinger
                                                                                  Intellectual Property
English Lucas Priest & Owsley     Donald Cox
                                  Lynch Cox Gilman & Goodman                      Tyler Thompson
Gray & White                      Commercial, Intellectual Property               Dolt Thompson Shepherd & Kinney
                                                                                  Medical Malpractice
Fultz Maddox Hovious & Dickens    Robert Craig
                                  Taft Stettinius & Hollister                     Matthew White
Middleton Reutlinger              Antitrust, Commercial                           Gray & White
Morris & Player                   Larry Franklin
                                  Franklin Birth Injury                           Ronald Wilt
Oldfather Law Firm
                                  Medical Malpractice                             Wilt & Associates
                                                                                  Medical Malpractice
Tachau Meek
                                  William Garmer
                                  Garmer & Prather                                Robert Young
                                  Commercial, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death     English Lucas Priest & Owsley
Recommended                                                                       Civil, Personal Injury
                                  Mark Gray
Garmer & Prather                  Gray & White
Lynch Cox Gilman & Goodman
                                  Richard Hay
Dolt Thompson Shepherd & Kinney   Law Office of Richard Hay
                                  Personal Injury, Wrongful Death
Wilt & Associates
                                  Jim Higgins
                                  Middleton Reutlinger
                                  Commercial, Intellectual Property

                                  Gregg Hovious
                                  Fultz Maddox Hovious & Dickens

                                  Kurt Maier
                                  English Lucas Priest & Owsley
                                  Civil, Personal Injury

                                  Doug Morris
                                  Morris & Player
                                  Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product

                                  Dennis Murrell
                                  Middleton Reutlinger
                                  Commercial, Intellectual Property

                                  Ann Oldfather
                                  Oldfather Law Firm
                                  Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product

                                  Peter Perlman
                                  Peter Perlman Law Offices
                                  Personal Injury, Product Liability

                                  Jay Prather
                                  Garmer & Prather

                                  John Salazar
                                  Middleton Reutlinger
                                  Intellectual Property

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     Kentucky                                                                                             addition to its litigation services. Attorneys at
                                                                                                          the firm represent both defendants and
                                                                                                          plaintiffs and in a variety of areas, including
                                                                                                          labor and employment law, personal injury,
                                                                                                          securities, construction litigation, civil rights,
                                                                                                          product liability, intellectual property,
     Highly recommended firms                          significant settlement for its clients in that     medical and legal negligence, toxic torts and
                                                       matter. Attorneys at English Lucas Priest &        unfair competition. The firm’s trial lawyers
     Bubalo Rotman                                     Owsley are currently handling cases that           are well known for bringing cases to the
     The attorneys at Bubalo Rotman are widely         involve the diabetes drug, Avandia                 courtroom and achieving favorable results
     recognized in Kentucky for their work             (Rosiglitazone maleate), released by               from juries. Founder Gregg Hovious is a civil
     representing individuals and businesses who       GlaxoSmithKline in 1999 and commonly               trial lawyer with a reputation for no-
     have been injured due to the negligence of        used to treat Type II diabetes. Clinical trials    nonsense courtroom demeanor and an ability
     others. Litigators at the firm are especially     have shown that there is a potentially             to obtain results. He has extensive experience
     adept at handling cases involving                 significant increase in the risk of heart attack   representing both plaintiffs and defendants in
     complications resulting from the side effects     and heart-related deaths in patients taking        commercial litigation matters. His work
     of prescription drugs and individual and          Avandia. Kurt Maier is a partner at the firm       representing plaintiffs in personal injury
     corporate negligence. In recent years the         whose practice emphasizes product liability,       claims encompasses a substantial portion of
     firm has obtained numerous successful             personal injury, civil litigation and appeals.     his practice. One peer says, “Gregg Hovious
     recoveries. These include nearly $17 million      Robert Young has more than 20 years of             is a general trial lawyer but he does some
     on behalf of a surgeon who was injured after      litigation experience and specializes in           fierce plaintiffs’ work, particularly in IP.” The
     a fall on a wet hospital floor; a $1.3 million    medical malpractice cases. His practice also       same peer went to describe him as a
     verdict against a doctor for failing to           handles civil litigation, dispute resolution,      “strategic thinker and “a boiling kettle of
     diagnose breast cancer; and a large               personal injury law, product liability law and     litigation talent.”
     settlement against a Kentucky hospital for        appellate litigation.
     negligent medical treatment. The firm                                                                Middleton Reutlinger
     recently represented a client against Wyeth       Gray & White                                       With roots dating back more than 100 years,
     regarding claims of intentional concealment       The attorneys at the Louisville firm of Gray       Louisville-based Middleton Reutlinger is an
     from the FDA of the harmful side effects of       & White (formerly Franklin Gray & White)           inveterate presence in Kentucky’s legal
     a drug. The client was awarded $3 million         are responsible for winning some of the            community, today employing approximately
     for pain and other damage. In a separate          largest personal injury verdicts and               55 attorneys, more than half of whom handle
     case against Wyeth, the firm obtained a           settlements in the state of Kentucky. Over         commercial litigation matters. The firm’s
     favorable settlement on behalf of a client        the years the firm has obtained more than          philosophy is to “provide a broad range of
     who allegedly consumed defective drugs and        $1 billion in compensation for its clients,        legal services for a diverse client base” and to
     as a result, suffered primary pulmonary           handling claims involving car accidents,           do so “at reasonable costs while maintaining
     hypertension. The firm is currently engaging      truck accidents, defective medical devices,        personalized contact.” Although a large
     in litigation involving several well-known        dog bites, nursing home abuse, medical             portion of the firm’s caseload involves
     drugs including Reglan, Yaz, Yasmin and           malpractice and birth injury. Attorneys are        defense litigation, Middleton Reutlinger does
     Paxil. Bubalo Rotman also has a                   also experienced in class-action suits and         frequently represent plaintiffs with claims
     concentrated mass torts and commercial            multidistrict litigation, antitrust claims,        involving business matters and intellectual
     litigation practice. Managing partner and         securities fraud, consumer protection and          property. The firm is particularly well known
     firm co-founder Gregory Bubalo is admitted        consumer fraud. Notable results of recent          for handling intellectual property litigation.
     to the bars of Kentucky and Indiana. He           years include a $53 million class-action           In a recent patent infringement action, the
     focuses his practice in the areas of              settlement against an auto insurer for             firm secured a judgment in excess of $28
     pharmaceutical and malpractice litigation.        improper adjusting practices; a $25 million        million, a decision that was upheld on appeal
     Bubalo served as lead trial attorney in the       settlement for financial fraud; a $19.2            by the Federal Circuit. Attorneys also
     aforementioned $17 million verdict, which         million jury verdict for wrongful death; a         represented a patent holder of commercial
     was one of the largest personal injury            $13 million verdict against a health insurer       lighting in an infringement case that went to
     verdicts recorded in the state of Indiana.        and a $5 million settlement against a              trial and ended with a favorable judgment
                                                       hospital for woman who suffered a brain            and award for damages. The case has been
     English Lucas Priest & Owsley                     injury during anesthesia. Founder Matthew          upheld on appeal. Dennis Murrell is the
     Bowling Green-based English Lucas Priest &        White represents individuals and small             director and chair of the firm’s business
     Owsley is a full-service law firm founded in      businesses against professionals and large         litigation practice. He handles cases involving
     1973. The firm handles a wide variety of          corporations in individual cases as well as        commercial litigation, including breach of
     services for clients, including dispute           class actions. He is especially experienced        contracts, patent and trademark litigation,
     resolution and business advisement in             litigating cases involving catastrophic brain      restrictive covenants, and commercial fraud
     addition to a litigation practice, which          injury and wrongful death caused by                and transfer. Jim Higgins is the founder of the
     encompasses both defense, appellate and           medical errors. Fellow founder Mark Gray           intellectual property group. He is highly
     plaintiffs’ representation. The fastest growing   specializes in litigating personal injury          respected by his peers, with one saying “he’s
     area of the firm, however, is its caseload of     claims, class actions and multi-district           extremely bright, knows the law and its
     personal injury and wrongful death claims on      litigation.                                        history. He’s just excellent.” John Salazar is
     behalf of plaintiffs. The firm represents                                                            chair of the firm’s intellectual property
     clients with claims involving vehicle             Fultz Maddox Hovious & Dickens                     practice group. He has expertise in product
     accidents, construction accidents and             Fultz Maddox Hovious & Dickens is a                development and the computer industry and
     defective      products      –     particularly   Louisville law firm focused on representing        regularly prosecutes patent cases in the US as
     pharmaceuticals. The drug injury practice has     businesses and individuals in commercial           well as abroad. Robert Theuerkauf is an
     handled a major class-action lawsuit against      claims. Founded in 1995 by four partners,          attorney in the firm’s intellectual property
     Merck after the company’s drug, Vioxx, was        the firm currently employs 20 attorneys and        group who concentrates on patent and
     pulled from the market. The firm obtained a       offers a thriving corporate law practice in        trademark law.


Morris & Player                                   abuse and strip searches. The lawsuit resulted     attorney says Tachau is “the only guy in town
Founded in 2007, Morris & Player is a three-      in a record verdict of $6.1 million for Bullitt    I’m intimated by. His style is watertight. You
man law firm dedicated to representing            County. Representing a client who                  must add David Tachau to your guide.”
plaintiffs with medical malpractice and           experienced a missed diagnosis of a metabolic
personal injury claims. Although one of the       disorder, she obtained a $5.5 million jury         Recommended firms
newer Kentucky firms, Morris & Player’s           verdict. She also served as one of the class
attorneys have more than 50 years of              counsel in the settlement class of 243 victims     Garmer & Prather
combined legal experience, regularly              of sexual abuse in their recovery of more than     Garmer & Prather is a Lexington law firm
handling matters involving car and truck          $25 million against the Archdiocese of             dedicated to representing individuals and the
accidents, brain injury, explosions, birth        Louisville.                                        families of individuals who have been injured
injuries, missed diagnoses, farm and                                                                 or killed as a result of the negligence of
machinery accidents, medical devices and          Tachau Meek                                        others. Litigators handle all forms of personal
pharmaceuticals. Other practice areas include     Louisville-based Tachau Meek is among the          injury and wrongful death claims, including
insurance bad faith, breach of contracts,         Kentucky firms making a debut appearance           those involving medical malpractice,
consumer protection and legal malpractice.        in Benchmark Plaintiff after receiving             defective products, nursing home abuse and
Described by one peer as “a very good             extensive praise by peers. The firm is a           aviation accidents. The firm is especially well
litigator,” Douglas Morris has more than 30       litigation boutique formed in 2007 with a          known for litigating claims arising from
years of legal experience, focusing his           goal to provide “economical service,               mining hazards such as collapses, dam breaks
practice on product liability, medical            successful results, and extraordinary client       and flooding. Founder William Garmer has
malpractice, pharmaceutical litigation and        relationships.” Attorneys handle a wide            more than 35 years of litigation experience,
complex tort litigation.                          range of matters including intellectual            much of which has taken place in
                                                  property, lender liability claims, professional    courtrooms. He has been involved in several
Oldfather Law Firm                                negligence, antitrust, civil rights, securities    notable cases. In Hilen v. Hays, he played a
The Louisville-based Oldfather Law Firm is a      and employment disputes. Although                  leading role earning a victory before the
highly respected Kentucky plaintiffs firm         relatively new on the Kentucky scene, Tachau       Kentucky Supreme Court that led to the
focused on a range of civil litigation matters.   Meek is responsible for obtaining significant      adoption of Comparative Fault in Kentucky.
The firm’s six attorneys handle cases             jury verdicts and settlements that have            He was also one of five attorneys chosen to
involving employment disputes, personal           influenced state law. Founder David Tachau         represent families of passengers of Comair
injury, product liability, commercial             is a heavyweight Kentucky litigator respected      Flight 5191, which crashed after takeoff from
litigation, professional negligence as well as    by peers on both sides of the aisle. He has        Lexington in August, 2006. Jay Prather’s
appellate advocacy and family law. Founder        represented defendants and plaintiffs in local     practice encompasses auto truck accidents,
Ann Oldfather has served as the sole trial        and federal courts and in recent years has         birth trauma, dangerous drugs and medical
counsel in a number of significant, high-         focused his practice on general commercial         devices, insurance bad faith, mining
profile cases, including litigation against       litigation, trust and estate claims, health care   accidents, nursing home litigation and
McDonald’s Corporation involving sexual           matters and employment ligation. One local         product liability.

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