Wm. Clifton (Cliff) Travis has had an active trial practice since 1978. The types of cases he has tried are as varied as the clients he has represented. From defending the Dow Chemical Company in the “breast implant litigation” to representing a young man whose eye was lost as a result of negligent supervision by school officials, Cliff has represented plaintiffs and defendants before juries and judges in courtrooms (both at the trial and appellate level) throughout Kentucky and other states. He has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbel for over 25 years. He is annually listed as one of Louisville's and one of Kentucky’s “Top Lawyers” and he is nationally recognized as a “Super Lawyer”. In 2015, he was confirmed by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as being among the “Nation’s top one percent” of practicing lawyers.
Cliff is especially proud that his firm has been listed among the most active trial firms in Kentucky on numerous occasions.
While staying busy as a trial lawyer, Cliff has found time to author two legal reference books (Admissibility of Evidence, A Manual for Kentucky Trial Lawyers, which was extended through a second edition, and No-Fault Automobile Law, A Comprehensive Guide for Kentucky Lawyers); and he has conducted over fifty legal seminars, including programs requested expressly by the Kentucky Bar Association (for its annual convention), the Indiana Bar Association and the American Association of Chiefs of Police. He is past-president of the Kentucky chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He served as a police court judge prior to entering the private practice of law. In 2015, Kentucky Defense Counsel honored him with their “Diplomat Award” presented to one Kentucky lawyer annually for their dedication and contributions to the profession of law.
In addition to his professional interests, Cliff has served hospital, school and civic organizations as an officer and director. Twice, his peers selected him to receive the Louisville Bar Association's Annual Service Award. He led the Louisville Bar Foundation as its president for two consecutive terms during its formative years. He served as President of the University of Louisville Law Alumni Association and was a director of the University's Alumni Association for 22 years. He served as president of his Rotary club and was honored twice as an outstanding community volunteer. His biography appears in editions of Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who Among Practicing Attorneys.
Cliff served on active duty in the Air Force before law school and retired from the Air Force Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1989. He continues to fulfill assignments and provide presentations on behalf of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Cliff is as bad at golf as he is good in the courtroom, but that doesn't keep him from playing golf as often as he can. He has fished the waters of the world and trophies from his hunts in Africa (where he lived for two and one-half years) hang in his home. He is an avid sports fan (particularly of the University of Louisville, the source of his undergraduate and law degrees, and the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a Master of Arts in Speech Communication). He has been honored by selection to his high school's hall of fame (Louisville Shawnee High School).
Cliff and Paula Travis have been married over forty-eight years. Paula retired as Professor Emeritus after serving as the Chairwoman/Dean of the College of Nursing at Spalding University. David Travis, their son, is a founding partner at Travis & Herbert Attorneys. Their daughter Lyn is a fifth grade teacher with credentials qualifying her to become a principal in the near future. Cliff and Paula have five very active grandchildren, Jack, Grayson, Tanner, Trent and Emma Finley.
Areas of Practice:
- Insurance Defense Litigation
- Personal Injury
- Insurance Contract Law
- Extra-contractual Litigation
- Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
- University of Oklahoma
- University of Louisville
- Published Books:
- Admissibility of Evidence:
- A Manual for Kentucky Trial Lawyers
- No Fault Automobile Law in Kentucky:
- No Fault Automobile Law in Kentucky: A Comprehensive guide for Kentucky Lawyers
- Faculty Positions:
- Adjunct Faculty, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
- Adjunct Faculty, University of Louisville Southern Police Institute
- Adjunct Faculty, University Southeast and Jefferson Community College
- Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Louisville Bar Foundation
- Former President
- American Association for Justice
- Defense Research Institute
- Kentucky Defense Counsel
- Former President
- American Bar Association
- Kentucky Bar Association
- American Board of Trial Advocates, Kentucky
- Former President