Mr. Wadlington handles all aspects of civil litigation and has a wide range of experience as a litigator. One of his greatest privileges involved serving on the Steering Committee and Trial Committee in the aviation litigation arising out of the air crash of Comair Flight 5191. He handles coverage evaluations and bad faith defense and has litigated (and arbitrated) multi-party construction disputes, intellectual property claims, premises liability, and personal and commercial lines bodily injury cases. He handles business litigation claims including financial fraud, breach of fiduciary claims, shareholder and management disputes, and business-to-business disputes. He has assisted numerous entrepreneurs in organizing their business enterprises and has handled the structuring and closing of complex commercial transactions, including real estate transactions.
Mr. Wadlington is also a trained civil mediator and a professor at Asbury University. He was born in Paducah, Kentucky but has made Lexington his home since 1992.
Of Counsel, Walter Richardson, PLLC, Lexington, Kentucky, 2016 to Present
Principal, Wadlington Law, PSC, 2007-2015
Partner, Wombles & Wadlington, PSC, 2001-2007
Adjunct Professor, Asbury University, 2009-Present
Lipscomb University, Institute for Conflict Management, Civil Mediator Training
University of Kentucky College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2001
Murray State University, B.A. in History and Business Management, cum laude, 1992
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Kentucky Bar Association
Member, Business Law Section
Member, Civil Litigation Section
Member, Probate & Trust Law Section
Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
January 2019, Kentucky Court of Appeals: Alexander v. Trustgard. Melissa Richardson and Chad Wadlington obtained summary judgment in Laurel Circuit Court for Trustgard Insurance Company in this third-party bad faith case. The Judgment of the Laurel Circuit Court was affirmed by the Kentucky Court of appeals. Plaintiff was allegedly injured in a motor vehicle accident with Trustgard’s insured. At the time of the accident, multiple records showed Plaintiff complained of left arm pain. Later, Plaintiff claimed right arm pain for which she underwent surgery. Trustgard, with the aid of Plaintiff’s attorneys, then sought Plaintiff’s pre-accident medical records to determine if the right arm complaints and treatment were related to the accident. There were multiple issues with obtaining those records and it took a while before they were received. Throughout the underlying case, Trustgard maintained that policy limits would likely be owed if the right arm was related to the accident. Once received, the pre-accident medical records showed that Plaintiff was complaining of right arm pain before the accident, one instance of which was only 17 days before the accident. Plaintiff’s third-party bad faith claims asserted that Trustgard had taken an improperly long time in denying Plaintiff’s claim and that it was a tactic designed to cause Plaintiff to accept too small an amount in settlement. The Circuit Court granted Trustgard’s Motion for Summary Judgment, finding against Plaintiff on all three elements required for third-party bad faith. The Court held: (1) Trustgard was reasonable in questioning the relatedness of the alleged right shoulder injury and, therefore, its liability to pay for that injury under the policy was not established; (2)Trustgard never denied Plaintiff’s claim, but instead delayed deciding on the claim until the relatedness of the right shoulder could be determined; and, (3) Plaintiff failed to show that Trustgard either knew there was no reasonable basis for denying the claim or acted with reckless disregard for whether a basis existed.
When he is not practicing law or teaching, Chad is helping his wife, Christy, raise their four children.