David Kramer chairs DBL’s Civil Litigation practice group. 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 also 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.
Dave is the principal author of the Thomson/West two-volume treatise on the Kentucky Rules of Civil Procedure (part of the Kentucky Practice Series). The treatise, which is updated annually, is widely regarded as the leading reference on the Kentucky civil rules. Dave is also the primary author 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.
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). 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. He now serves as a member of the KBA Judicial Ethics Committee.
Dave is very active in public and community service. He has served since 2000 as a member of the Crestview Hills City Council, including service 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.