Stan is a litigator with experience in the areas of school law, civil rights, insurance defense, bad faith, construction law, commercial litigation and personal injury. He has successfully tried dozens of jury trials to defense verdicts in a wide variety of cases, in both federal and state courts throughout the Commonwealth. Stan also practices in the area of corporate law.
Stan has served as the 45th District Representative in the Kentucky General Assembly since 2001. He currently holds the leadership position of House Minority Caucus Chairman, and was previously elected House Minority Whip from 2006 to 2008.
Best Lawyers in America®: Insurance Litigation
The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Recipient of Award for Conservative Excellence from the American Conservative Union (2016)
Gov. Matt Bevin Transition Team, Justice & Public Safety Cabinet (2015)
Recipient of Defending Liberty Award from Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions (2009)
Recipient of Protector of Economic Freedom Award from Kentucky Club for Growth (2007, 2008 and 2009)
Recipient of Public Policy Award from the American Diabetes Association (2006)
PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES
Claims & Litigation Management Association — Kentucky Chapter
Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc.
Defense Research Institute
Fayette County Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
American Bar Association
Torts and Insurance Legislative Updates, Insurance Institute of Kentucky annual seminar (2016)
Torts and Insurance Legislative Updates, Insurance Institute of Kentucky annual seminar (2015)
Torts and Insurance Legislative Updates, Insurance Institute of Kentucky annual seminar (2014)
Stan is a frequent speaker on public policy issues.
Sarah Groves, et al v. Terry and Tammie Harris and John and Hazel Woods, Case No.: 16-CA-1546 (Ky. Ct. App. Jan. 26, 2018). Order affirming defense summary judgment, on the basis that it is well-settled law in Kentucky that a landlord is only required to warn a tenant of a known, latent danger. Plaintiff was injured by a horse being boarded on the property leased by them, but admitted to knowing that the horse was present on the property, thus the landlord had no duty to warn.
Saufley, et. al. vs. James R. Reed, Jr., 15-CI-0211 (Lincoln Circuit Court). Won a defense summary judgment in a case in which Plaintiffs alleged that encroaching Taxus Yew bushes from the Defendant’s property, poisoned and killed a number of cattle. The trial court agreed with defense arguments that no duty existed.
Phillips v. Touchstone Properties, LLC, No. 2014-CA-001851-MR (Fayette Cir. Ct., July 1, 2016), Order affirming defense summary judgment in this premises liability case, in which the Plaintiff, a high school student, filed suit against two college roommates, and their landlord, for injuries she suffered in a fall, which resulted in paraplegia. Successfully presented to the judge that the Plaintiff had exceeded the scope of her implied invitation and that the Defendants breached no duty therefore.
Linda Thomas vs. James M. Breiner, E.B., a minor child, et al., (Jessamine Circuit Court, Case No. 15-CI-0361), Order dated 7/30/15. Won a defense summary judgment on behalf of E.B., a minor, in which the Plaintiff alleged blindness as a result of being hit in the head by a water balloon allegedly thrown by the Defendant. Summary judgment affirmed on appeal. (Ky. Ct. App., Case N. 2016-CA-001278-MR), Order dated 12/22/17.
Melissa Daum vs. Betty Jo Ginter, (Woodford Circuit Court, Case No. 15-CI-00123), Order dated 7/29/15. Won a defense summary judgment in this premises liability case in which the Plaintiff claimed to have suffered serious injuries as a result of tripping on a cracked public sidewalk.
Hunter & Holman vs. Grimes, (Bourbon District Court, Case No. 14-C-00292), Order dated 5/18/15. Won a defense summary judgment in favor of the landlord in this premises liability case, in which the Plaintiffs claimed damages to their late model luxury vehicle as a result of an alleged defective driveway.
William Branch v. Rex A. Gibson, et al., No. 09-CI-06508 (Fayette Cir. Ct., May 8, 2012) aff’d Branch v. Gibson, No. 2012-CA-000876-MR, 2015 WL 1778187 (Ky. Ct. App. Apr. 17, 2015). Won a defense summary judgment in a case involving a multiple vehicle accident, which resulted in a serious brain injury to the Plaintiff. Successfully argued that the Plaintiff had not established any breach of duty by the Defendant.
AJ Conner, et al. v. Sammy and Cheri May, No. 12-CI-00325 (Clark Cir. Ct., May 6, 2014). Even after the court instructed the jury that the Defendants were strictly liable, won a two-day jury trial with a verdict and subsequent judgment for zero damages.
Robertson v. Wanda King, et al., No. 11-CI-00274 (Scott Cir. Ct., June 3, 2014). After a four-day jury trial, won a defense verdict in a case involving a serious automobile versus pedestrian accident with multiple fractures and specials of over $270,000. Successfully argued to the jury that the Plaintiff was 90 percent at fault.
Farm Bureau v. McFarland, No. 12-CI-00143 (Bourbon Cir. Ct., Aug. 7, 2014). Won a complete defense verdict after a two-day jury trial in this case where the jury agreed that the Defendant was not liable for the injuries and property damage to the Plaintiff’s insured.
Phillips v. Orr, Touchtone Properties, LLC, et al., No. 12-CI-05572 (Fayette Cir. Ct., Oct. 29, 2014). Won a defense summary judgment in this premises liability case, in which the Plaintiff, a high school student, filed suit against two college roommates, and their landlord, for injuries she suffered in a fall, which resulted in paraplegia. Successfully presented to the judge that the Plaintiff had exceeded the scope of her implied invitation and that the Defendants breached no duty therefore.
Drawbridge v. Neill, No. 12-CI-05535 (Fayette Cir. Ct., Dec. 24, 2014). Won a defense summary judgment in this unsafe workplace case involving a chimney collapse resulting in severe injuries to the Plaintiff contractor. Successfully persuaded the judge that the Plaintiff’s injuries were caused by his own fault, and no breach of duty by the Defendant.
Williams and Washington v. WB Holdings, LLC, No. 11-CI-04018 (Fayette Cir. Ct., Dec. 3, 2013). Won a defense summary judgment in this negligence case in which the Plaintiffs claimed to have suffered injuries as a result of a deck collapse at rental property owned by the Defendant. Successfully convinced the judge that the Defendant had breached no duty to the Plaintiffs, guests of the tenant.
Burkhart-Davis v. Lincoln Real Estate, Inc., No. 13-CI-02185 (Fayette Cir. Ct., Jul. 24, 2013) aff’d Burkhart-Davis v. Fed. Nat’l Mortgage Ass’n, No. 2013-CA-001372-MR, 2014 WL 5395802 (Ky. Ct. App. Oct. 24, 2014). Won a defense summary judgment in this premises liability case in which the Plaintiff, a police officer, claimed to have suffered compound fractures as the result of tripping on a cracked sidewalk. Successfully convinced the trial court and the Court of Appeals that the property owner could not be held liable for personal injuries to a pedestrian caused by a fall on a public sidewalk. Successfully persuaded the Kentucky Supreme Court to deny discretionary review.
Corro v. Kings Beauty & Sportswear, et al., No. 13-CI-01314 (Fayette Cir. Ct., Oct. 15, 2013). Won a defense Motion to Dismiss in this premises liability case involving commercial real estate. Successfully convinced the trial court that his client, a commercial tenant, had no legal duty to maintain the parking lot in front of his premises.
Dickey v. Jamma, Inc. d/b/a Fantastic Sam’s Hair Salon, No. 11-CI-00005 (Jessamine Cir. Ct., Dec. 4, 2012). After a three-day jury trial, won a defense verdict, with the jury giving the Plaintiff medicals only in this premises liability case involving career-ending injuries.
Combs v. Oleika Temple and Jordan Productions, Inc., No. 12-CI-00194 (Perry Cir. Ct., Aug. 13, 2014). Won a summary judgment on behalf of the Defendant circus in this premises liability case filed in eastern Kentucky against the Oleika Temple Shriners and the circus company. Successfully convinced the trial judge that the circus has no duty to maintain the bleachers where the Plaintiff allegedly fell.
Lay v. Welch, et al., No. 12-CI-00272 (Jessamine Cir. Ct., Sep. 11, 2012). Won a defense summary judgment in this premises liability case, by successfully arguing to the Court that his landlord client had no duty to maintain the public sidewalk in front of the leased premises.
Stafford, as Admx. Estate of Stafford v. Horn, Tower Insurance Company, et al., No. 11-CI-00270 (Martin Cir. Ct., Sep. 13, 2012). Won a defense declaratory judgment in this death case, successfully arguing that there was no coverage under the Tower policy based on the employee indemnification and employer’s liability exclusion.
Garrett v. Davis d/b/a Winchester Apartments, No. 10-CI-00105 (Floyd Cir. Ct., Jan. 25, 2012). Won a defense summary judgment by successfully convincing the trial judge that his landlord client had no duty to maintain the private stairway servicing solely the tenant-Plaintiff’s apartment.
University of Kentucky, J.D. (1988)
University of Kentucky, B.S. (1983)
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