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Overview

Shane's practice is primarily in litigation with an emphasis on product liability, utility law, transportation law, insurance coverage litigation, insurance defense and commercial litigation. 

He has handled product liability matters for clients in a variety of industries, including medical device manufacturers, industrial machinery, pharmaceuticals and consumer products.  He has represented insurers in large loss UIM and UM claims.  He has handled numerous utility negligence matters, ranging from premises liability to electrical contact and electrocution cases.  He has advised insurers and insureds on insurance coverage matters.  Additionally, he has experience serving as local and regional counsel in large litigation matters.

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Representative Matters

Representative Cases

  • Represented orthopedic medical device distributor in products liability actions in Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania
  • Represented transportation logistics company in wrongful death claim resulting from commercial trucking accident
  • Represented public utility in wrongful death claim arising from contact with electrical conductors
  • Represented insurer in large loss underinsured motorist claims
  • Obtained summary judgment for product manufacturer in wrongful death claim arising from industrial equipment accident
  • Represented manufacturer of transmission system equipment in large UCC breach of warranty matter
  • Obtained summary judgment for insurer in extra contractual litigation arising from mold damage claim
  • Represented medical device manufacturer in wrongful death product liability claim
  • Represented electronics manufacturer in fire cause and origin case

Representative Case Decisions

  • McDonnell v. Kentucky Utilities Company, 2009 WL 350656 (Ky. App. Feb. 13, 2009) (Affirmed summary judgment in favor of premises owner in wrongful death claim)
  • Henson v. Western Star Trucks, Inc. 57 UCC Rep. Sesv.2d 993 (Ky. App. 2005) (Affirmed summary judgment in favor of commercial truck manufacturer in breach of warranty action)
  • Vaughn v. Alternative Design Mfr. and Supply, Inc., 2008 WL 4602960 (E.D. Ky. Oct. 16, 2008) (Summary judgment in favor of product manufacturer in personal injury matter)
  • Eckstein v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 618 F. Supp. 2d 707 (W.D. Ky. 2007) (Dismissal of bad faith claims against insurer in mold damage insurance litigation)
  • Swinford v. Freightliner 2006 WL 3772003 (W.D. Ky. Dec. 20, 2006) (Summary judgment in favor of commercial truck manufacturer in breach of warranty action)
  • Waterbury v. Anheuser-Busch, Inc., 2003 WL 1145470 (W.D. Ky. Feb. 24, 2003) (Dismissal of personal injury claim based upon exclusive remedy defense)
  • Gibson v. Sanofi-Aventis, U.S., LLC, 2009 WL 3490454 (W.D. Ky. Oct. 27, 2009) (Summary judgment in favor of drug manufacturer in product liability action)

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Professional & Community Activities

Kentucky Bar Association

Louisville Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Admissions

  • Kentucky

Education

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2000

  • Brandeis Law Journal
  • Moot Court Team, Securities Law
  • Moot Court Board
  • Brandeis Honor Society

University of Kentucky, B.B.A., Finance, 1995

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