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Ms. Bass joined Walters Richardson, PLLC, in 2013. A native of Paducah, Kentucky, Ms. Bass studied philosophy at Transylvania University before graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2008. Her areas of practice include insurance defense, coverage, construction, trucking and motor vehicle liability, agriculture, product liability, and premises liability. As a former staff attorney for the Kentucky Court of Appeals, Ms. Bass brings a unique perspective on effective appellate advocacy to her practice. She has successfully defended clients in a wide variety of legal matters, and is particularly skilled in her motion practice, which enables her to narrow the issues and evidence presented at trial and frequently results in dismissal of all claims against her clients.
Member, Walters Richardson, PLLC, Lexington, Kentucky, December 2018 - Present
Associate, Walters Richardson, PLLC, Lexington, Kentucky 2013 - November 2018
Staff Attorney, Chief Judge Glenn E. Acree, Kentucky Court of Appeals, Lexington, Kentucky
Law Clerk, Judge Thomas D. Wingate, Franklin Circuit Court, Frankfort, Kentucky
University of Kentucky, College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, Juris Doctor, May 2008
Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, summa cum laude, May 2004
State of Tennessee
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
Commonwealth of Kentucky
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Notable Service and Achievements
Tennessee Trucking Association, Allied Member
Tennessee Fuel & Convenience Store Association, Affiliate Member
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Member
Communications and Publications Committee of the Kentucky Bar Association, Member
Central Kentucky Inn of Court, Barrister, 2013-2017
Leadership Kentucky, Graduate
Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law, University of Kentucky College of Law, Staff Member
August 2019, Supreme Court of Kentucky: Lewis v. Shackelford, et al. Melissa Richardson, Elizabeth Bass, and Katie Haagen wrote an amicus curiae brief on behalf of Kentucky Defense Counsel in support of Defendants, King’s Daughters Medical Center and Dr. Paul Lewis, which assisted in securing a reversal in favor of Defendants. In 2010, Shackelford had a cerebral angiogram performed by Dr. Lewis at KDMC. Immediately after the angiogram, Shackelford exhibited no signs or symptoms that would suggest there were any complications with the angiogram. Later in the recovery room, Mr. Shackelford complained of a headache, which eventually resolved. He was released home. Shackelford returned to the emergency room the next day after reportedly becoming disoriented at his home. An MRI indicated Shackelford had recently suffered a stroke. Shackelford filed suit in Boyd Circuit Court alleging medical malpractice due to Dr. Lewis’s alleged failure to examine and diagnose the stroke after the angiogram. Shackelford did not produce any expert opinions stating there was anything Dr. Lewis could have done to prevent the stroke or that Dr. Lewis should have anticipated that Shackelford would suffer a stroke based on his symptoms immediately following the angiogram. KDMC and Dr. Lewis filed motions for summary judgment, which were granted by the Circuit Court. The Kentucky Court of Appeals reversed, and relying on res ipsa loquator, concluded that causation did not require expert medical testimony. The Supreme Court, on discretionary review, reversed the Court of Appeals’ decision. Instead, the Supreme Court determined expert proof was needed to pursue the claim. Accordingly, Dr. Lewis and KDMC were entitled to summary judgment as a matter of law.
January 2018, U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky: Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company v. Omar Coley, No. 5:17-cv-00046-TBR. Mr. Coley sought uninsured motorist coverage under a policy issued to his employer, claiming an unidentifiable piece of metal had struck his vehicle while he was making a delivery in the course of his employment. His claim gave rise to several issues of fact and law, including choice-of-law and substantive issues of contract interpretation. A declaratory judgment action was filed on behalf of Pharmacists Mutual seeking a declaration of its obligations under the insurance policy. After conducting discovery, Ms. Bass drafted a motion for summary judgment arguing there was no coverage for Mr. Coley’s claims. Rather than filing a response to the motion, opposing counsel offered to enter an agreed judgment granting the relief sought by Pharmacists Mutual.
January 2018, Barren Circuit Court: Endicott v. Knight’s Mechanical, et al, No. 16-CI-00252. Mr. Endicott was at work when an overhead pipe fell, ricocheted off the floor, and struck him in the head. He and his wife brought suit against the subcontractor responsible for removing the pipe, Knight’s Mechanical, and the contractor, Gray Construction. On behalf of Gray Construction, Ms. Bass filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing that the contractor had no liability in tort or contract. Rather than filing a response to the motion, opposing counsel voluntarily dismissed the claims against Gray Construction
November 2017, Kentucky Court of Appeals: Kendall v. Ralphie’s Fun Center, A/K/A Ralphie’s Properties, LLC. Ms. Kendall slipped and fell while bowling, fracturing her wrist. She alleged the bowling alley had negligently applied oil to the lane on which she was bowling and failed to post adequate warnings about the hazard presented by the oil. She and her attorney speculated that lane grease had bled past the foul line but presented no affirmative proof. The trial judge entered summary judgment after finding the Plaintiff had failed to sustain her burden of proof regarding causation. Plaintiff appealed. Her brief identified circumstantial evidence that she claimed supported her theory of causation. The brief for the bowling alley responded with meticulous discussion of the trial court's record and relevant precedent. In an opinion that in large part adopted the rationale presented the appellee's brief, the appellate court ruled the Plaintiff had failed to meet her burden of proof regarding causation. Summary judgment was affirmed.
April 2015, Fayette Circuit Court: White v. Boyd, M.D., on December 3, 2012, Dr. Boyd turned onto the wrong side of Man O War Blvd, and caused an accident with an oncoming vehicle in which Plaintiff was a passenger. Dr. Boyd failed all field sobriety tests at the scene and was found to have a .164 BAC an hour and a half after the accident. Dr. Boyd ultimately pled guilty to DUI, Assault 2nd, and Wanton Endangerment. As a result of this accident, her medical license was investigated and subsequently suspended. The driver of the other vehicle settled for policy limits of $100,000 almost immediately. Passenger had no notable injury but was offered policy limits of $100,000 as well, but declined and instead brought suit. Plaintiff sought over 2 million in compensatory damages and 2 million in punitive damages. Plaintiff’s witnesses were all impeached on a number of issues. Most notably was the complete recantation of Dr. Crystal with respect to his vocation and impairment to earn opinions. Ultimately Dr. Crystal—after testifying that he reviewed and relied on the medical records of the Plaintiff—testified that he was not qualified to interpret any of the medical records. The jury was visibly and audibly astonished at his response. Nearly two and a half years later, Plaintiff proceeded to trial. After three days of testimony, Plaintiff requested to take policy limits that had been offered pre-suit. As a result, the case was resolved just prior to the completion of the Defendant’s proof.
October 2014, Jessamine Circuit Court: Brenner v. Price, No. 12-CI-00140, 2012. Plaintiff initially claimed orthopedic injury; then, one year later, began claiming a traumatic brain injury. Plaintiff made a six-figure settlement demand shortly before trial. Ms. Bass prepared extensive motions in limine and Daubert challenges, which preserved the record and effectively narrowed the Plaintiff’s options at trial. Ultimately, the Plaintiff agreed to a four-figure settlement the day before trial.