David V. Kramer practices primarily in the fields of civil litigation and health law and is Chair of DBL's Civil Litigation Section. His trial experience includes winning three defense jury verdicts in less than 90 days, culminating in victory in a five-week trial in which the plaintiff asked the jury for over $120 million in damages.
Dave serves as the principal author of Thomson/West's two-volume treatise on the Kentucky Rules of Civil Procedure. The treatise, which is updated annually, is widely regarded as the leading reference on the Kentucky civil rules. Dave is also the primary author and editor of DBL's Civil Litigation Blog.
In the appellate field, he has briefed and argued cases in the Kentucky Court of Appeals, Kentucky Supreme Court, and the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Opinions from cases he has handled include:
Dave has served on the Board of Governors of the Kentucky Bar Association since 2008. The Board assists the Kentucky Supreme Court in regulating the practice of law in Kentucky. Dave was appointed by his colleagues on the Bar Association's Board of Governors as the KBA's representative on the Kentucky Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee in 2011. In May 2008, he was appointed by Governor Steven L. Beshear to serve as a Special Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court in the case of Cape Publications, Inc., d/b/a The Courier Journal v. The University of Louisville Foundation, Inc., 260 S.W.3d 818 (Ky. 2008).
In addition to his extensive litigation practice, Dave advises the firm's health-care clients in a variety of areas, and has represented hospitals and physicians and acted as a hearing officer in medical staff corrective action proceedings.Dave regularly lectures and publishes on topics related to civil litigation and health law. He is also very active in public and community service. He has served since January 2000 as a member of the Crestview Hills City Council, and from 1993 to 1998 he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. Among other community service activities, he is a past Chair of Covington Latin School Board of Education and a past Board Chair of the Mental Health Association of Northern Kentucky. He and his wife Diane reside in Crestview Hills. They have one child and two grandchildren.
Kentucky Bar Association (Member, Board of Governors, 2008 - present).
Northern Kentucky Bar Association
Kentucky Academy of Hospital Attorneys
Kentucky Defense Counsel (Chair, Amicus Curiae Committee, Jan. 2013 - present; Vice-Chair, Trial Tactics Committee, Dec. 2012 - present).Defense Research Institute
J.D., University of Kentucky (1983)H.A.B., Xavier University (cum laude, 1980)
Author, Vols. 6 and 7, Kentucky Practice, Rules of Civil Procedure Annotated, 6th Ed. (Thomson/West 2005).
"High/Low Settlement Agreements,” Kentucky Bench & Bar, September 1999.“Overview of Federal Antitrust Law in the Health-Care Field,” Health Law Handbook (1st Ed.), University of Kentucky CLE Institute, June 1991 (Co-authored with Robert G. Stevens).
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, May 2009.Kentucky Super Lawyer, Medical Malpractice Law, July 2011 and July 2012.
"Know Your Adversary: Recent Strategies and Tactics of the Plaintiff's Bar" (Moderator of Panel Discussion), Kentucky Defense Counsel, Marriott Downtown, Louisville, Kentucky, April 19, 2013.
"The Lawyer Discipline Process in Kentucky: How It Works, and How to Avoid It," Northern Kentucky Bar Association, Central Bank, Florence, Kentucky, November 20, 2012.
“Kentucky Civil Procedure Update,” Northern Kentucky Bar Association, Receptions Conference Center, Erlanger, Kentucky, April 27, 2012.
“Defending the High-Value Injury Case,” Salmon P. Chase American Inn of Court, the Metropolitan Club, Covington, Kentucky, February 22, 2012.
"Important Recent Developments in Kentucky Civil and Trial Procedure," Kentucky Defense Counsel, Newport Aquarium, Newport, Kentucky, October 6, 2010.
"No Further Questions, Your Honor - Effective Cross-examination of Expert Witnesses," Annual Convention of the Kentucky Bar Association, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington, Kentucky, June 11, 2009."Trial Strategies & Techniques from Leading Attorneys on Both Sides of the Bar: Use of Demonstrative Evidence and Technology in the Courtroom," Joint Seminar of the Kentucky Justice Association and Kentucky Defense Counsel, Louisville, Kentucky, May 16, 2008, and Lexington, Kentucky May 30, 2008.