Kentucky Professional Liability: Defense Attorney
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I, along with Pamela A. Chesnut, founded the firm of Green & Chesnut PLLC. Prior to Green & Chesnut PLLC, I joined the Lexington office of a large insurance defense firm as a law clerk in 1979, was employed as an associate attorney in 1981, and was a partner in the firm from January of 1986 to June of 2010. I began managing the Lexington office in 2005.

I graduated from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, minoring in Physics in 1978. I then attended the University of Kentucky College of Law, graduating in December of 1980 with a J.D. While attending the University of Kentucky I was a member of the Kentucky Law Journal staff and the International Moot Court team.

I have tried a wide variety of cases to judges, juries and arbitrators in a wide variety of forums. I have likewise handled a large number of appeals in the Kentucky Court of Appeals, Kentucky Supreme Court and the Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit. I am admitted to practice before all Kentucky Courts, United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court.

My current practice includes aviation, product liability, professional negligence, extra-contractual liability, general negligence litigation and appellate practice. Between 1985 and 1990, I was engaged as an adjunct professor teaching legal writing at the University of Kentucky College of Law. I have also taught Health Care Law at Eastern Kentucky University in the past. In 2006 I was appointed as a Special Justice to the Kentucky Supreme Court and served in that capacity with respect to the matter styled Fletcher v. Graham, 192 S.W.3d 350 (Ky. 2006). I served as a member of the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission from 2007 to 2012, and as Chairman for two of those years. 

My published works include: Green, Appellate Practice: Placing the Cart Before the Horse, 42 Kentucky Bench & Bar 17 (1980); Comment, The Obscenity Defense to Copyright Revisited, 69 Ky. L. J. 161 (1980-81); Jenkins & Green, Torts Survey, 69 Ky. L. J. 663 (1980-81); Kentucky Civil Practice After Trial, Ch. 8 (1990); Green, Torts Survey, 86 Ky. L. J. 907 (1997-98); and Green, Due Process Limits on Punitive Damages: A Primer, January/February Fayette County Bar News 6 (2007). I frequently speak at seminars on various subjects including Insurance and "Bad Faith" Litigation, and am a recipient of the PESI Excellence in Education Award.

I am a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Fayette County Bar Association, The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Professional Liability Defense Federation, Defense Research Institute, Kentucky Defense Counsel, and National Association of Forensic Economics. I am a Certified Litigation Mangement Professional and have also received General Civil Mediation Training by the Administrative Office of the Courts.

I was born in Spokane, Washington and as an Air Force "brat" resided in various parts of the world prior to coming to Kentucky in 1972. I reside in Lexington with my wife and three canine children.