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Mr. Dawson represents employers and insurers by defending workers’ compensation claims in Kentucky and Indiana, including initial litigation, medical disputes, and appeals. He also does civil insurance defense litigation, such as premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, and general liability.
Mr. Dawson grew up in West Tennessee and then majored in music at the College of Wooster in Ohio. He worked as a public school band director before moving to Louisville, where he met his wife. He worked in the corporate world for several years helping businesses manage their electronic payments systems and attended law school in the evenings while working full-time. His corporate experience helps him understand his clients’ environments and needs, and he appreciates the value of efficient resolutions.
Following law school, Mr. Dawson opened his own practice doing estate planning and still enjoys handling estate and probate issues today. He then joined Fogle Keller Purdy, PLLC defending workers’ compensation claims across Kentucky and Indiana and later led the Louisville office of Peterson White, LLP. His litigation experience ranges from minor work injuries to wrongful death claims in federal court and appeals to the Supreme Court of Indiana.
Mr. Dawson is also an approved continuing education presenter with the Kentucky Department of Insurance and enjoys training adjusters and employers on workers’ compensation and litigation matters.
Senior Associate, Walters Richardson, PLLC, Louisville, Kentucky, February 2016-present
Associate, Peterson White, LLP, Louisville, Kentucky, January 2015-February 2016
Associate, Fogle Keller Purdy, PLLC, Louisville, Kentucky, October 2011-January 2015
University of Louisville Law School, Louisville, Kentucky, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude 2010
College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, Bachelor of Music Education, with honors, 1996
College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, Bachelor of Arts, with honors, 1996
Commonwealth of Kentucky
State of Indiana
United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
Accomplishments, Honors, and Affiliations
Louisville Bar Association, 2010-present
Kentucky Bar Association, 2010-present
Indiana State Bar Association, 2011-2015
Indiana Workers Compensation Institute, 2012-present
Honorable Order of the Blue Goose, International, Board Member of Kentucky Pond, 2015-present
Brandeis Honor Society
Phi Beta Kappa
April 2020, Eastern District of Kentucky: Humphrey v. Nationwide. Joshua Leckrone and Doug Dawson successfully obtained summary judgment for their client on a novel auto insurance coverage issue in federal court. The Plaintiff moved in with her boyfriend. The boyfriend then had her and her car added to his policy, but she was not the policyholder and was not related to the policyholder. The Plaintiff’s shopping cart was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot as she was exiting a grocery store, allegedly injuring her Achilles tendon as she fell with the cart. The Plaintiff had already been treating for an unrelated injury to her Achilles tendon. After the accident, she underwent surgery and settled with the driver who hit her shopping cart for his policy limits. The insurer for the Plaintiff’s vehicle denied her claim for underinsured motorist benefits. The Plaintiff filed suit against her insurer making both underinsured motorist and bad faith claims. After discovery and a deposition were conducted, the court agreed that the policy did not provide underinsured motorist coverage for the Plaintiff, who was not the policyholder, not related to the policyholder, and not occupying a covered vehicle. Therefore, all claims, including the bad faith claim, were dismissed.
August 2017, Bullitt County, KY: Richard Slawsky v. Knob Creek Gun Range, Inc. Ms. Richardson and Mr. Dawson obtained a directed verdict on behalf of Knob Creek Gun Range. Plaintiff was weekly year-round visitor to Knob Creek Gun Range for years prior to falling in March 2015. At that time, he noted that the weather was snowy, icy, and cold. He had no problems walking around the premises until he finally started to go to the firing line. At that point, he fell and fractured his tibia, which required surgical treatment with the placement of hardware. Plaintiff was unable to state what caused him to fall. Directed verdict was granted on the negligence claim. See KTCR Report.
Representative Speaking Engagements
Legal Developments in Kentucky Workers’ Compensation, Blue Goose Kentucky, 2016
Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Litigation Overview, Summit, 2015
Ethical Issues in Social Media Investigations, KORT Hot Topics in Workers Compensation, 2015
Ethics in Claims Management, CEU Institute, 2015
In his spare time, Doug coaches youth baseball, plays trombone, sings at his church, serves on the board of Eastern Area Community Ministries, and spends time with his wonderful wife and 3 sons.