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Gene practices in the firm’s litigation department. He devotes a significant amount of his time to cyber-security counseling and defending insurers in matters relating to first and third-party claims, including a variety of liability, indemnity, health, maritime, and contractual claims.

Gene draws on his experience as a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, recently serving on Active Duty as Deputy Commander of U.S. 10th Fleet and Fleet Cyber Command to augment his work in Admiralty and Cyber-security. While on Active Duty he led or assisted in responses to dozens of cybersecurity incidents, directly supporting U.S. Cyber Command, U.S. Navy and other agencies within the Department of Defense. He represents insurers and vessel owners on seaman’s claims, Jones Act, Longshoreman and Harbor Workers’ Act, and issues relating to cargo and barge disputes.

Gene also handles employee benefit litigation, primarily ERISA matters for health and welfare benefits plans and subrogation issues. These include claims relating to denial of benefits for medical treatment and disability benefits.

Additionally, Gene has been featured as a guest speaker at many significant cybersecurity events with industry, military and political leaders, including several senators and congressmen.

 

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Experience

Litigation

Defense of commercial insurance policies, including indemnity and general liability

Defense of companies and self-insured entities in ERISA litigation

Admiralty and Maritime law litigation and contractual issues

Prosecution of declaratory judgment actions, including coverage disputes

Prosecution of subrogation and reimbursement claims

Defense of claims arising under the Jones Act, 46 U.S.C. § 688

Reported Cases

Winkler v. V.G. Reed & Sons, Inc.
619 N.E.2d 597, Ind.App., 1993

Winkler v. V.G. Reed & Sons, Inc
638 N.E.2d 1228, Ind., 1994

Hamilton v RDI/Caesars Riverboat Casino, Inc
179 F.Supp.2d 929, S.D.Ind., 2002

Ford v. RDI/Caesars Riverboat Casino, LLC
503 F.Supp.2d 839, W.D.Ky., 2007

RDI/Caesars Riverboat Casino, Inc. v. Conder,
896 N.E.2d 1172, 2008 A.M.C. 2861, Ind.App., 2008

Caesars Riverboat Casino, LLC v. Kephart,
903 N.E.2d 117, Ind.App., 2009

Education

Law School

University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, J.D., 1988

Undergraduate School

University of Louisville, B.A., 1980

Courts

Gene is admitted to practice before the following courts:

All Federal Courts in Indiana, Kentucky, and Southern District of Illinois

Bar Membership

Gene is licensed to practice in the following states:

Kentucky, 1989

Indiana, 1991

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Peer Review Rated,  Martindale-Hubbell®

The Best Lawyers in America®, Insurance Law, 2008-2009, 2013-2019

University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Distinguished Alumnus Award, August 23, 2015

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Bar Association

Indiana State Bar Association, Litigation Committee District Representative

Kentucky Bar Association

Louisville Bar Association

Floyd County Bar

Defense Research Institute

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Rear Admiral, United States Navy, Commanding Officer, Pacific Command Reserve Joint Operations Center; Veteran of the wars in Kosovo, Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom

Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation, Board Member and Counsel

Floyd County Riverboat Charitable Foundation, Investment Committee, Member

Shively Area Ministries (support for the indigent), former Board Member and Counsel

Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer

Firm Committees

Gene serves on the following committee at Frost Brown Todd.

Information Security Steering Committee, Member