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Biography

Liam focuses his practice on product liability defense; transportation and trucking litigation; tort and insurance (including bad faith); fire and explosion litigation; premises liability; personal injury; business litigation; and drug and medical device. Liam is a trial lawyer with experience at all stages of litigation in both state and federal court, including pre-suit dispute resolution, arbitration, pretrial discovery, trial, and appeal. Liam is licensed in California, Kentucky, and Indiana, and has been recognized every year from 2018 through 2023 as a “Rising Star” by Kentucky Super Lawyers.

Liam handles a variety of complex negligence and product liability matters including automobiles (warranty and personal injury cases), trucks (vehicle collision and personal injury), motorcycles, mining equipment, agricultural equipment (specializing in fire and explosion), and natural gas explosion. Liam also has a depth of experience with premises liability (including amusement parks, gas stations, restaurants, and other premises), and business litigation (including breach of contract, commercial landlord/tenant, construction, and franchisor/franchisee disputes).

In addition, Liam has extensive experience with insurance defense, including underlying UM/UIM and property damages, with related coverage disputes and litigation. Liam also has deep knowledge and experience with first-party and third-party bad faith and unfair claims settlement practices litigation, defending well over 100 cases for various major insurance carriers. Liam has been directly involved with ensuring that bad faith claims were simply dismissed upon resolution of the underlying claim(s). Or, when bad faith cases have proceeded into further litigation, Liam has obtained very favorable results, including summary judgment in favor of the carrier on many occasions.

Liam graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law. Before attending law school, Liam was a tenured Associate Professor of Medieval English Literature at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Served as lead trial counsel and won defense verdicts in property damage, personal injury, premises liability, UM/UIM, and discrimination/wrongful termination cases in Kentucky state court and in federal court in the Western District of Kentucky.

Defense of transportation and trucking clients in motor vehicle accident and personal injury cases.

Defense of insurance companies against personal injury, UIM/UM, and first- and third-party bad faith claims.

Serves as part of a national counsel fire and explosion defense team for a major construction and agricultural equipment manufacturer.

Defense of medical device manufacturer in litigation stemming from the placement of mesh for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

Education

Law School

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2013
University of Louisville Law Review, Executive Editor
Brandeis Honor Society

Doctorate

University of Oregon, Ph.D., English and Medieval Studies, 2003

Graduate School

San Francisco State University, M.A., English, 1998

Undergraduate School

San Diego State University, B.A., English; B.A., Linguistics, 1996

Bar Memberships

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

California

Indiana

Kentucky

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Rising Stars®, 2018-2023

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Bar Association

Louisville Bar Association

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA)

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Adath Jeshurun Synagogue: Vice President, Board of Directors

Kentucky Shakespeare: Secretary, Board of Directors

Fund for the Arts: Board of Directors, NeXtGen

Major Publications

Liam is an author or contributor to the following publications:

“The Disputatio puerorum: A Ninth-Century Monastic Instructional Text,” co-authored with Andrew Rabin. Published by Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (September 2017).

“A Primer on Responding to a Third-Party Subpoena Duces Tecum,” Presentation, 2017 DRI Business Litigation Seminar.

“The Potential Effect of Autonomous Vehicles on Product Liability Litigation,” August 17, 2016, DRI The Voice.

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