Bench & Bar

MAR 2018

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77 BENCH & BAR | Jessica Surber became a partner at English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP , (ELPO) on Jan. 1, 2018. Surber works primarily in ELPO's personal injury practice group. She represents plaintiffs in nursing home abuse and neglect, medical mal- practice and pharmaceutical and medical device products liability cases. She also handles car acci- dent and other personal injury cases. Surber has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Western Kentucky University and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she earned the Order of the Coif and served on the Kentucky Law Journal. Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP , announces Alli- son L. Brown and R. Benjamin Straus as newly elected partners. e firm also elected Carole D. Christian to the firm's executive committee. Allison L. Brown focuses her practice in the areas of health care litigation, employment mat- ters and commercial disputes and has experience with Open Records and Open Meetings issues. Brown earned her law degree with high honors from the University of Washington School of Law. R. Benjamin Straus concentrates his prac- tice on commercial lending transactions and the sale, acquisition, leasing and development of com- mercial property. Straus earned his law degree from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Carole Douglas Christian is chair of the firm's health care service team. She focuses her practice in the areas of health care and related lit - igation and counsels clients on new and emerging issues in health care regulation. Christian earned her J.D. with high honors from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. e law firm of Buckley King is expanding into Louisville and has hired Bill Mabry to lead the initiative. is addition expands both the firm's footprint as well as its offerings to clients, partic- ularly in the area of healthcare. Mabry, formerly a partner with Frost Brown Todd, has dedicated his career to healthcare law, representing healthcare facilities and providers across the United States and in England, including hospitals, physicians, home healthcare agencies, as well as nursing homes, provider sponsored organizations, teaching insti- tutions, diagnostic centers and ambulatory centers. Mabry received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky School of Law, his M.P.A from the University of Kentucky, and his B.S. from Morehead State University. Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett is pleased to announce that Nicholas R. Hart is now a partner with the firm. Hart has had an active trial and appellate practice in both Kentucky and Indiana since joining the firm in 2007. His practice is primarily focused in the areas of medical malpractice defense, professional liability defense, toxic torts, premises liability defense and products liability defense. Hart attended the University of Kentucky College of Law. C. Dean Furman, Jr. , is serving as the 2018 pres- ident of the Louisville Bar Association, a 3,000 member local bar association. He practices com- mercial litigation, personal injury, whistleblower, and federal criminal healthcare defense in Lou- isville for Furman & Nilsen, PLLC . Embr y Merritt Shaffar Womack, PLLC, announces that Samantha Tucker Nance has become a member with the firm. Nance focuses her practice in the areas of health care and civil litigation, real estate, and appellate matters. She has successfully represented numerous clients in complex matters across the Commonwealth. Nance is a graduate of Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky College of Law. e members of Frost Brown Todd LLC (FBT) have elected Robert V. Sartin to serve as chair- man of the firm. Sartin's initial three-year term began Jan. 1, 2018. Sartin has served on FBT's nine-person executive committee since 2012. He joined the firm in 2006 and was member-in- charge of the Lexington office from 2008-2011. He has previously served on the firm's strategic planning, finance, and advancement committees. Sartin also co-chairs the firm's auto- motive industry team. As chairman, Sartin will focus on driving the firm's growth and strategic planning, ancillary business ventures, and new business opportunities. He will also serve on the firm's executive and compensation committees. Sartin succeeds John R. Crockett , III, who has served as FBT's chairman for the past nine years. Lexington attorney Laura D'Angelo Holoubek was a featured speaker on the racing industry at the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) Winter Meeting January 5-7 in Miami. e meeting included policymakers from the highest levels of state government dis- cussing the future of legal sports betting in the United States. Holoubek, head of the equine law practice group at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP , presented as part of the winter meet- ing's committee on pari-mutuel. e presentation, included remarks from Delaware House Majority Whip John Viola and EquiLot- tery CEO Brad Cummings, and explored trends and issues in the racing industry, including how potential pari-mutuel wagering on different sports such as daily fantasy sports auto racing may be an opportunity or threat for the operators of traditional pari-mutuel wagering on horses and dogs. Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP is excited to announce that P. Branden Gross has been named the new managing partner of IN THE NEWS

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