Michael LaCourse

Associate
Associate

Phone: 859-219-9090
Fax: 859-219-9292
Email: E-Mail

Michael joined Walters Meadows Richardson, PLLC as a civil litigation attorney in 2016.

Professional Experience
Associate, Walters Meadows Richardson, PLLC, Lexington,
KY 2016-Present.
Staff Attorney, Chief Circuit Judge Paul F. Isaacs, Circuit 14,
Division II 2015-2016
Summer Associate, The Law Offices of Kent Masterson Brown,
                                                  Lexington, KY 2014
Summer Law Clerk, Circuit Judge Paul F. Isaacs, Circuit 14, Division II 2013

Education
University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, KY, Juris Doctor, May 2015
Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, minor in French, May 2012

Bar Admissions
Commonwealth of Kentucky

Professional Memberships
Kentucky Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division

Accomplishments and Honors
Member, Trial Advocacy Board
President and Treasurer, Equine Law Society
University of Kentucky College of Law Pro Bono Award

Representative Matters

July 2017, Laurel County, KY: Alexander v. Trustgard.  Melissa Richardson, Michael LaCourse, and Chad Wadlington obtained summary judgment for Trustgard Insurance Company in this third-party bad faith case.  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 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.   

Spare Time
In his spare time, Michael enjoys riding horses, relaxing with a good book, and exploring the Bluegrass.

 

Location: 
Lexington Office