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  • 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 (KCADP.org) or Fern Creek Highview United Ministries (FCHUM.org) 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: tkolly@dri.org

    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 www.dri.org. 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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    About DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar

    For more than fifty-five years, DRI has been the voice of the defense bar, advocating for 22,000 defense attorneys, commercial trial attorneys, and corporate counsel and defending the integrity of the civil judiciary. A thought leader, DRI provides world-class legal education    

  • 23 Feb 2018 10:25 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    News Release

    For Immediate Release                   For more information, contact:

                                                                                       Tim Kolly  312-698-6220 |  tkolly@dri.org

    Supreme Court Decision in Alignment with DRI Brief in Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Somers

    CHICAGO ­– (February 22, 2018)— In a decision in alignment with an amicus brief filed by DRI, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and remanded the case for further proceedings consistent with its opinion in Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Somers. The case involved applicable law governing whistleblower protection. The brief was filed by DRI’s Center for Law and Public Policy.

    The case involves a former employee’s claim that Digital Realty ended his employment in retaliation for his internal complaints about purported misconduct. The plaintiff, Paul Somers, did not complain to the Securities and Exchange Commission about the alleged misconduct.  After his termination, Somers sued Digital Realty claiming that Digital Realty retaliated against him in violation of the whistleblower-protection provision in the Dodd–Frank Act.  Given that Dodd–Frank defines “whistleblower” in a way that is limited to individuals who have actually complained to the SEC, Digital Realty moved to dismiss.  The district court denied the motion and the Ninth Circuit affirmed that decision.  Both courts concluded that the whistleblowers protected by Dodd–Frank include individuals who make internal reports.  The Ninth Circuit’s decision deepened a circuit split with the Ninth and Second Circuits adopting the view that Dodd–Frank protects internal whistleblowers and the Fifth Circuit concluding that the definition of whistleblower contained in the statute is dispositive.

    In its brief, DRI emphasized that Congress has provided a comprehensive administrative remedy complete with an administrative appeal process for internal whistleblowers under the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002.  Sarbanes–Oxley provides protection for such internal whistleblowers, but requires the exhaustion of administrative remedies before a plaintiff can file a lawsuit and, unlike Dodd–Frank, does not provide for double back-pay awards.

    DRI submitted that Congress did not evidence any intent to circumvent this administrative scheme when it adopted Dodd–Frank, and that Dodd–Frank should not be interpreted to apply to internal whistleblowers who are already protected by Sarbanes–Oxley. 

    The Supreme Court’s decision preserves the critical distinction between the Dodd–Frank and Sarbanes–Oxley anti-retaliation provisions—the former intended to protect individuals from retaliation for making reports to the SEC. The Supreme Court’s decision vindicates DRI’s position that the two statutes protect different interests, and Dodd–Frank should not be interpreted to provide whistleblower protection to internal whistleblowers, much less greater rights than provided under Sarbanes–Oxley.

    Brief author Matthew T. Nelson of Warner Norcross & Judd, Grand Rapids, Michigan, is available for interview or for expert comment through DRI’s Communications Office.

    For the full text of the brief, click here.

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    About DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar

    For more than fifty-five years, DRI has been the voice of the defense bar, advocating for 22,000 defense attorneys, commercial trial attorneys, and corporate counsel and defending the integrity of the civil judiciary. A thought leader, DRI provides world-class legal education, deep expertise for policy-makers, legal resources, and networking opportunities to facilitate career and law firm growth. For more information, log on to www.dri.org

  • 22 Feb 2018 12:40 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    For more information, contact:

    Tim Kolly  | Director of Public Policy

    P: 312.698.6220 |  E: tkolly@dri.org

    DRI Announces Its 13th Annual Diversity Law Student Scholarship Competition

    Two $10,000 Scholarships to Be Awarded

    CHICAGO ­– (February 6, 2018)—DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar announces its 13th annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship Program. The program is open to rising (2018-19) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, LGBT and multi-racial students. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.
     
    All rising second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply. 
     
    To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant's law school. 
     
    Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria: 

    • Demonstrated academic excellence 
    • Service to the profession 
    • Service to the community 
    • Service to the cause of diversity

    Click here  to access the scholarship application and information. Applications must be received by DRI no later than, March 30, 2018.

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    About DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar

    For more than fifty-five years, DRI has been the voice of the defense bar, advocating for 22,000 defense attorneys, commercial trial attorneys, and corporate counsel and defending the integrity of the civil judiciary. A thought leader, DRI provides world-class legal education, deep expertise for policy-makers, legal resources, and networking opportunities to facilitate career and law firm growth. For more information, log on to www.dri.org    

  • 22 Feb 2018 11:13 AM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

    Don't forget to register for next Tuesday's CLE program Mild Traumatic Brain Injury:  Unpacking the Science.  The program is being presented by two outstanding attorneys, Brandon Woodard & Gregory Kendall.  You can register online at KY-Def.org/Events or mail your check and registration form Reg Form TBI 022718.docx to the KDC office to arrive by Saturday, February 24th.  $15 for KDC members, $70 for non-KDC members.


 
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