COVID-19 Response

To Our Valued Clients and Friends: In response to COVID-19,  Ward, Hocker & Thornton has implemented a work from home policy until it is safe to return to the office. We remain fully available and are reachable by email or by calling our front desk at 859.422.6000, where you can search for an attorney’s extension … Continued

COVID-19: Business Interruption Insurance Coverage

Based upon the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), it remains important for businesses and insurers to assess current policies, and specifically those related to pandemics and communicable diseases.  We expect an increase in insurance claims relating to policies that include Business Interruption Coverage (BIC) and/or Contingent Business Interruption coverage (CBI).  Accordingly, it is important to … Continued

WHT Announces Two New Members

Ward, Hocker & Thornton, PLLC is pleased to announce that attorneys Jillian Dove House and Whitney Mobley Kunjoo have been elected to become Members within the firm.  The announcement was made at this year’s WHT Christmas Party on December 14, 2019. Jillian House has been with the Firm since 2012. She works in civil litigation … Continued

Eleven WHT Attorneys Named to 2020 Kentucky Super Lawyers List

Ward, Hocker & Thornton, PLLC is pleased to announce that eleven of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Kentucky Super Lawyers publication. Attorneys Walter Ward, George Hocker, Gregg Thornton, and Gene Zipperle were named to the Kentucky Super Lawyers list. Ashley Brown, Jillian House, Whitney Kunjoo, Michael Kunjoo, Graham Barth, … Continued

Ashley Brown and Graham Barth Obtain Defense Verdict in Fayette County

WHT attorneys Ashley Brown and Graham Barth obtained a defense verdict in favor of an insurance company in a jury trial on an underinsured motorist claim in Fayette County. The plaintiff was involved in a rear-end motor vehicle accident, and she claimed that the accident aggravated a preexisting knee condition that resulted in multiple surgeries. … Continued

Summary Judgement Obtained in Construction Law/Wrongful Death Case

WHT attorneys Gregg Thornton and Joshua Ellis obtained summary judgment on behalf of their client Bansal Construction, Inc. in the case, William Leonard, as Executor of the Estate of Debbie Leonard v. Bruce Grimes; Harrod Concrete and Stone; Bansal Construction, Inc.; Kay and Kay Contracting LLC; and Harrod Transport Co., before Judge Reynolds in the … Continued

Ashley Brown and Graham Barth Obtain Defense Verdict in Bath County

WHT attorneys Ashley Brown and Graham Barth obtained a defense verdict in favor of Caudill & Wright Enterprises, the owner of the Dairy Queen restaurant in Bath County.  The plaintiff tripped and fell on a rubber safety mat while approaching the counter, sustaining a broken leg that required surgical intervention and incurring medical expenses of … Continued

Gene Zipperle Awarded 2019 TLA Distinguished Service Award

Ward, Hocker & Thornton Member, Gene Zipperle, has been awarded the 2019 Distinguished Service Award by the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA). Awarded at the TLA annual conference, this honor is presented in recognition of distinguished and outstanding service to the organization in appreciation of the hours of unselfish dedication and many contributions to the betterment … Continued

Kentucky Supreme Court Says Pre-Injury Liability Waivers Between For-Profit Entities and Parents Signing on Behalf of Minor Children are Unenforceable

On June 13, 2019, in the case of Kathy Miller v. House of Boom Kentucky, LLC (2018-SC-000625-CL), the Kentucky Supreme Court issued an opinion in which it decided that pre-injury liability waivers between a for-profit entity and a parent, signing on behalf of their minor child, are unenforceable. The Court reasoned that under Kentucky law, … Continued

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