Ashley Brown Selected to Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

WHT is pleased to announce that Member Ashley Brown has been selected for membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), comprised of U.S. and international civil defense litigators, senior corporate counsel, and insurance claims executives, is dedicated to promoting knowledge, fellowship and professionalism for lawyers … Continued

Summary Judgment Obtained in Woodford Circuit Court

Jason Morgan and Betsy Catron obtained summary judgment in Woodford Circuit Court on behalf of Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company, in an action for declaratory relief. Plaintiffs argued that Acuity owed a duty to defend them in connection with various lawsuits filed against them alleging their involvement in a tax refund fraud scheme that deceived … Continued

Twelve WHT Attorneys Selected to 2022 Kentucky Super Lawyers List

Ward, Hocker & Thornton, PLLC is pleased to announce that twelve of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Kentucky Super Lawyers publication. Attorneys Walter Ward, George Hocker, Gregg Thornton, Brian Stephenson, Gene Zipperle, Licha Farah and John Hollon were named to the Kentucky Super Lawyers list. Ashley Brown, Jillian House, Graham Barth, Tucker Willis, and Max Smith were named to the Kentucky Rising Stars … Continued

Kentucky Supreme Court Upholds Motion to Dismiss Argued by Jason Morgan

The Kentucky Supreme Court upheld the Motion to Dismiss argued by WHT attorney Jason Morgan on behalf of Lexington Fayette Urban County Government in the case of Independence Bank, C/O Paul Bradford and Michael Burns, Trust Officers, As the Limited Guardian and Limited Conservator of Anthony W. Noel v. Trevor Welch et al.  Mr. Noel … Continued

WHT Announces Three New Members

Ward, Hocker & Thornton is pleased to announce three attorneys have been elected to become Members of the Firm: Graham Barth, Tucker Willis and Max Smith. Graham D. Barth is an attorney in the Lexington office, focusing on civil litigation defense with an emphasis on automobile litigation and premises liability. He has been with the … Continued

Ward, Hocker & Thornton, PLLC Ranked in 2022 “Best Law Firms”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2021 — U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®, for the 12th consecutive year, announce the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings. Ward, Hocker & Thornton, PLLC has been ranked in the 2022 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list regionally in 5 practice areas. Firms included in the 2022 U.S. News – Best … Continued

Defense Verdict in Jefferson Circuit Court

WHT attorneys Max Smith and Will Barker obtained a defense verdict in favor of their client, Loving Care Inc., in a jury trial on a negligent security claim in Jefferson Circuit Court. The plaintiff was going to a midnight bingo game when she was abducted, kidnapped, and sexually assaulted by a John Doe assailant. Plaintiff … Continued

WHT Attorneys Named 2022 The Best Lawyers in America

Ward, Hocker & Thornton is pleased to announce that six of our attorneys have been included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America and 2022 The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch. The Best Lawyers in America is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Lawyers on … Continued

WHT Attorneys Obtain Defense Verdict in Wrongful Death Claim

WHT attorneys Max Smith and Ashley Brown obtained a defense verdict in favor of Louisville Mega Cavern in a jury trial on a wrongful death claim in Jefferson County. The plaintiff was participating in an activity in the cavern and had a medical emergency and later passed away. Plaintiff was asking for $60 million, $20 … Continued

Kentucky Court of Appeals Upholds Summary Judgment Argued by WHT Attorneys

The Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld the summary judgment that was argued by WHT attorneys Brian Gudalis and Jim Freel on behalf of Louisville Road Ventures LLC in the case of Robert Ragle v. Louisville Road Ventures LLC and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Louisville Road Ventures owned property that was leased by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  … Continued

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