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Gene has substantial real-world experience in cybersecurity and data management. A member of Frost Brown Todd’s Data Security and Privacy team, his practice includes helping clients cope with their cyber risks. This includes incident response planning and management, supply-chain concerns, and assessments of strategic data governance, privacy-focused frameworks, and business continuity development. He also works with clients on cybersecurity audits and certifications.

Gene also represents clients regarding a variety of maritime matters, recently retired from the U.S. Navy as a Rear Admiral after 36 years of service, Gene served as Commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence, Commander of Naval Information Forces Reserve, and Director of the National Maritime Intelligence Integration Office. He also served as Deputy Commander of Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet, where he supported U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency, and U.S. global cyber interests. He returned to fulltime work as a civilian in October 2022.

Other Info About Gene


Legal Work Highlights

Defense of commercial insurance policies, including indemnity and general liability

Cybersecurity counseling relating to governance, risk management, threats, remediation, and incident response

Defense of companies and self-insured entities in ERISA litigation

Admiralty and Maritime litigation and contractual issues

Prosecution of declaratory judgment actions, including coverage disputes

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


Law School

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

Undergraduate School

University of Louisville, B.A., 1980

Bar Memberships

Gene is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Kentucky, 1989

Indiana, 1991


Gene is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

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


Local & National Recognition

Peer Review Rated,  Martindale-Hubbell®

The Best Lawyers in America®, Insurance Law, 2013-2024; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2024

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

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 or has served in the following leadership role(s) at Frost Brown Todd:

Information Security Steering Committee, Member

Major Publications

Gene is an author or contributor to the following publications:

Co-Author: Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Logistics Partners, Security Magazine, May 2023

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