E. Douglas Stephan


dstephan@sturgillturner.com | 859.255.8581


Doug Stephan has more than 35 years of experience successfully representing the insureds of national insurance providers in uninsured, underinsured, PIP and extra-contractual claims. He has tried over 100 jury trials in auto accident cases in dozens of Kentucky counties, as well as in federal courts in the eastern and western districts of Kentucky. Doug also defends medical negligence claims and long-term care and nursing home facilities against claims of negligent care. He has been successful in obtaining summary disposition and resolution in multiple courts on claims against long-term care facilities, and has facilitated hundreds of successful mediations and jury trials for health care, and other institutional clients, throughout Kentucky.


Doug is the 2017 Best Lawyers in America® Lexington “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Insurance Law. He has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America in the areas of Insurance Law and Health Care Law, achieved an AV Preeminent® peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, and is also a Litigation Counsel of America Fellow.

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Areas of Practice

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Best Lawyers in America® Insurance Law Lexington Lawyer of the Year (2017)

Best Lawyers in America® Health Care Law, Insurance Law

Rated “2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Healthcare Law” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell®

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

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2018 Kentucky Healthcare Legislative Update, M.D. Update (July 2018)

Liability for Prescription Drug Interactions, M.D. Update (April 2016)

Mediation for Resolving Disputes in the Healthcare Setting, M.D. Update (February 2014)

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Professional Affiliations

Central Kentucky American Inn of Court

Defense Research Institute

Fayette County Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

American Bar Association

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Prior Experience

Law Clerk to Hon. Edward H. Johnstone, U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky (1982-1984)

Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet, Commissioner and General Counsel (1993-1995)


University of Kentucky, B.S. (1977)

University of Kentucky, J.D. (1980)

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