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.
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
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
University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, J.D., 1988
University of Louisville, B.A., 1980
All Federal Courts in Indiana, Kentucky, and Southern District of Illinois
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
American Bar Association
Indiana State Bar Association, Litigation Committee District Representative
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Floyd County Bar
Defense Research Institute
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