David V. Kramer chairs DBL Law’s Litigation Practice Group. He represents clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts and before administrative agencies. He has successfully tried cases to verdict in numerous venues throughout Kentucky. 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.
In recognition of his trial ability and reputation in the profession, he has been named a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and Litigation Counsel of America. In addition to his trial and appellate practice, he advises the firm’s healthcare clients in a variety of areas and has represented hospitals and physicians in administrative hearings and medical staff corrective action proceedings.
He is the principal author of the 6th edition of Thomson/West’s two-volume treatise on the Kentucky Rules of Civil Procedure (part of the Kentucky Practice Series). Published in 2005, the treatise, which is updated annually, is often cited by Kentucky’s appellate courts and is widely regarded as the leading reference on the Kentucky civil rules. Dave is also the chief Kentucky contributor to Thomson Reuters’ “Practical Law” Series in several areas relating to civil litigation and is the primary author of DBL’s Civil Litigation Blog.
In 2008, Dave was appointed by Governor Steven 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). He also served on the Board of Governors of the Kentucky Bar Association from 2008 to 2014. He was appointed by his colleagues on the Board of Governors as the KBA’s representative on the Kentucky Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee from 2011 to 2014. He now serves as a member of the Ethics Committee of the Kentucky Judiciary.
Dave is very active in public and community service. He has served since 2000 as a member of the Crestview Hills City Council. He currently serves as Chair of the City’s Zoning and Economic Development Committee, and from 1993 to 1998 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 three grandchildren.