David V. Kramer practices primarily in the fields of civil litigation and health law and is Chair of DBL’s Civil Litigation practice. 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 in which he has been involved include:
- Barbourville Diagnostic Imaging Center v. Philips Medical Systems, Inc., 2016 WL 697135 (E.D.Ky. 2016)
- Hitch v. St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Inc., 2016 WL 1557734 (Ky. App. 2016)
- Berger Family Real Estate, LLC v. City of Covington, 464 S.W.3d 160 (Ky. App. 2015)
- Wanandi v. Black, 2015 WL 2084511 (Ky. App. 2015)
- Fenn v. Philips Electronics North America Corp., 2015 WL 632154 (E.D. Ky. 2015)
- Alzadon v. Highlands Hosp. Corp., Inc., 2014 WL 3887900 (Ky. App. 2014)
- Sandoz Inc. v. Commonwealth ex rel. Conway, 405 S.W.3d 506 (Ky. App. 2012)
- Dierig v. Lees Leisure Industries LTD., 830 F.Supp.2d 330 (E.D. Ky. 2011)
- Gilbert v. Com., Cabinet for Health & Family Services, 291 S.W.3d 712 (Ky. App. 2008)
- Leonard v. St. Claire Medical Center, Inc., 2007 WL 625074 (Ky. App. 2007)
- Physician Services, P.S.C. v. Birdwhistell, et al., 2007 WL 1558513 (U.S.D.C., E.D. Ky. 2007)
- Cavana v. Love, 2005 WL 1415361 (Ky. App. 2005)
- Compton v. St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Inc., 2005 WL 327116 (Ky. App. 2005)
- Straub v. Kilgore, 100 Fed.Appx. 379 (6th Cir. 2004)
- Johnson v. St. Claire Medical Center, Inc., 2003 WL 22149386 (Ky. App. 2003)
In May 2008, Dave 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). Dave 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.
In addition to his extensive litigation practice, Dave advises the firm’s healthcare 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 and 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 three grandchildren.