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David TravisDavid C. Travis 
Louisville, Kentucky
Founding Partner
phone 502-245-7474
fax 502-245-7025
email dtravis@thattorneys.com

David C. Travis is a trial lawyer with extensive litigation experience and an excellent trial record. He is a founding partner of Travis & Herbert Attorneys. In 2010 The National Trial Lawyers recognized David as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. David has a strong law practice emphasizing Insurance Litigation, Personal Injury, Sports & Entertainment Law, Civil Litigation, Defamation, Commercial Litigation, Business Litigation, Real Estate Law and Collection Law. David has a diverse and varied background, which includes Bank Management, Finance, Sports Management, Sports Marketing, Real Estate & Commercial Development, Collegiate Sports & Collegiate Coaching. In 2000, David was responsible for operational management for the PGA of America's 2000 PGA Championship held at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville (won by Tiger Woods). David served as local counsel for the PGA of America’s 2008 Ryder Cup and 2010 Senior PGA Championship also held at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville (The 2008 Ryder was won by the United States).

David is a true fan of the Louisville Community. As a former player and coach at the University of Louisville, David has a great love and appreciation for the University of Louisville. He currently sits on The Denny Crum Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors. David is an avid supporter and volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (where he currently sits on the Celebrity Dinner Committee), the American Cancer Society (where he formerly sat on the Golf Trustee Committee), Metro United Way, YMCA's Project Safe Place, and the Greater Louisville Sports Commission. David is a graduate of Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville. David is an owner and developer of Chamberlain Pointe, Louisville’s premier mixed-use lifestyle and leisure center located in North East Jefferson County.

David is married to Shelley Cranfill Travis. They have three wonderful boys and a beautiful daughter - Jack, Grayson, Tanner and Emma Finley. They live in Lake Forest and are active members of St. Patrick's Catholic Church (where David was recognized as Coach of the Year for 2012-2013). Shelley is a pharmaceutical sales representative with AstraZeneca.

10% of David’s private client fees are donated to charity.

Areas of Practice:

Insurance Litigation

Personal Injury

Sports & Entertainment Law

Business Litigation

Commercial Litigation


Civil Litigation
Dram Shop Liability

Collections & Subrogation

Real Estate Development

Bar Admissions:

Kentucky, All State Court Jurisdictions, 2001
United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky


Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville
Juris Doctor (J.D.), 2000

University Of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
B.S. (Education, Sports Management)

Leadership Louisville Foundation, Focus Louisville, Graduate

Noteworthy Cases:

Plaintiff Cases:

Jose Santos, et al, v. The Miami Herald, et al., DEFAMATION by a Newspaper; David served as lead counsel in Broward County, Florida, for Jose Santos, a Hall of Fame Thoroughbred Jockey, and Sackatoga Stable, the Owners of the 2003 Kentucky Derby Champion - Funny Cide. Jose Santos alleged The Miami Herald defamed him when it published an article one week after the 2003 Kentucky Derby claiming that Jose Santos had used an electrical device to help Funny Cide win the Kentucky Derby. A Kentucky Derby Stewards' inquiry and investigation proved the allegations to be false. Plaintiffs filed suit and alleged $500 million dollars in damages. Shortly before trial in 2008, the suit was settled to Jose Santos' satisfaction.

Thomas E. Murphy v. World Triathlon Corp. et al.,TRIATHLON, IRONMAN, BODILY INJURY, NEGLIGENCE, BICYCLE; David represented Tom Murphy after he suffered traumatic injuries while participating in the 2007 Ford Louisville Ironman on August 27, 2007. After completing the 2.4 mile swim and over 100 miles of the 112 mile bicycle portion of the Ironman (triathlon) competition, Tom Murphy was directed by an Oldham County police officer to proceed through an intersection. At the same time, a motor vehicle was allowed by another police officer to enter the intersection. A horrific wreck occurred and Tom Murphy suffered traumatic injuries including, a closed head injury, broken vertebrae, fractured both clavicles, chipped eight teeth and was air lifted to the level 1 trauma center at the University of Louisville. Suit was filed. Mr. Murphy claimed damages exceeding $1.5 Million dollars for medical expenses and pain & suffering. An unspecified amount was claimed for punitive damages. Shortly before trial, the case was settled to the satisfaction of Mr. Murphy.

Sara Jane Walker v. Lone Star Transportation and Nationwide Ins. Co., et al., BODILY INJURY AND INSURANCE BAD FAITH; David represented Sara Walker after she was hit by an oversized semi-truck while jogging along U.S. Hwy 22 in Oldham County, Kentucky. David also represented Sara Walker in an Insurance Bad Faith action against Nationwide Insurance and Scottsdale Insurance Companies for negligent adjustment and misrepresentation of policy benefits. Ms. Walker suffered a fractured femur (that required surgery and permanent placement of surgical rods and pins in Ms. Walker's leg) and a closed head injury. Prior to filing suit the bodily injury claim was settled to the satisfaction of Sara Walker. Subsequently, Nationwide Insurance and Scottsdale Insurance entered into a satisfactory settlement of the bad faith and Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act (KRS 304.12-230, et seq.) claims.

Adam Bohn v. Linda French and State Farm Ins. Co., BODILY INJURY AND INSURANCE BAD FAITH, TRIAL; David represented Adam Bohn after he was injured when Linda French's automobile turned left turn in front of Adam's car. Mr. Bohn suffered a fractured tibia plateau (knee). Suit was filed. Court Ordered Mediation was unsuccessful. Days before trial, the Defendant offered $7,500 to settle Adam's bodily injury claims. The offer was rejected and the case went to trial. After three days of testimony, the jury found in favor of Adam and awarded him $185,386.75 in damages. The Bad Faith and Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act (KRS 304.12-230, et seq.) also settled to the satisfaction of Mr. Bohn.

American Commerce Ins. Co. v. Julia Cain, NO FAULT BENEFITS (PIP) AND PERSONAL INJURY, NEGLIGENCE; David represented Julia when American Commerce Insurance Company filed suit against her for a declaration of rights. Julia filed a counter-complaint alleging that American Commerce Insurance Company had violated Kentucky law by failing to properly provide No-Fault and Added No-Fault (Reparations) benefits at the time they sold her an automobile insurance policy. Julia's traumatic bodily injury claim settled for the insurance policy limits.

Defense Cases:

Pam Daniel, et al. v. Ford Motor Company and Active Day Corporation, et al., VEHICLE CRASH WORTHINESS, NEGLIGENCE; David defended Active Day Corporation after it was sued by Pam and Michael Daniel under a theory that the vehicle Ms. Daniel was driving was not crash worthy. Ms. Daniel was driving a Ford van that had been converted to accommodate up to four (4) handicapped individuals in wheel chairs. Ms. Daniel alleged she suffered T-5, T-6 compression fractures, which left her paralyzed from the chest down when the van she was driving struck a tree at 35 and 45 mph. Suit was filed and discovery proceeded. Prior to trial the claim was settled.

David represented Billy Boone after he was by the Debbie Richardson after she was struck by a bicycle during a Tom Sawyer triathlon. The suit alleged that Billy Boone was negligent in the operation of his bicycle when it struck Debbie Richardson while she crossed a street. At trial Debbie Richardson sought over $200,000 in medical expenses and pain & suffering. After a long two days of trial, the Jury (out only twenty minutes) entered a defense verdict against Debbie Richardson and she took nothing on her complaint. Jefferson Circuit Court, Civil Division Five (13), 11-CI-04435.

Clayton Fentiman v. Kele, Inc and Metraflex Company, et al., BOILER EXPLOSION, DEFECTIVE PRODUCT, NEGLIGENCE
; David defended The Metraflex Company after it was sued in 2006 by Clayton Fentiman under a theory that an expansion joint sold by Metraflex in 2002 was defective and caused an explosion in the boiler room at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. Plaintiff alleged that as a new boiler system was being activated a malfunction occurred and the expansion joint he was working on overheated and gave way causing an explosion. Plaintiff alleged he suffered burns and scaring as a result of the explosion. Metraflex Company denied the product it sold was in any manner defective and Plaintiff’s employer’s negligence was the primary cause of the explosion. This case is pending in Jefferson Circuit Court.

Tenisha Hale v. Hassan Sayed, AUTOMOBILE NEGLIGENCE, 1-800-ASK-GARY, GARY KOMPOTHECRAS, DAVID BALOT, PHYSICIANS GROUP, TRIAL; David represented Hassan Sayed after he was sued by Tenisha Hale following a three car automobile accident. Shortly after the motor vehicle accident, Tenisha Hale called 1-800-ASK-GARY (owned by Gary Kompothecras a Chiropractor in Sarasota Florida) who directed her to an attorney and 1st Physicians Rehab (now known as KY Spine & Rehab). She treated at 1st Physicians Rehab until her $10,000.00 in PIP was exhausted. At trial, Tenisha Hale sought her medical expenses and an extremely large sum for pain & suffering. The trial lasted three days. After hearing all the proof and being properly instructed, the Jury reduced Ms. Hale’s medical expenses by 40% and awarded her nothing for pain and suffering. The jury found the driver of the third vehicle 40% at fault. The verdict did not beat the CR 68 Offer of Judgment filed early in the proceedings, which allowed Hassan Sayed to recover his taxable court costs from Tenisha Hale. The case settled prior to entry of final judgment. Jefferson Circuit Court, Civil Division Four (4), 10-CI-04245.

Mamie Drake v. Rudd Equipment Company, et al., LARGE TRUCK ACCIDENT, NEGLIGENCE; David defended Rudd Equipment Company and its employee after they were sued by Plaintiff Mamie Drake under a theory that a driver of a large truck, owned by Rudd Equipment, fell asleep and allowed his truck to run over the vehicle driven by Plaintiff. The defendants presented numerous defenses and the case was ultimately settled at a court ordered mediation.

Tiffany Jefferies, WRONGFUL TERMINATION, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, Tiffany Jefferies filed suit against her former employer alleging wrongful termination and sexual harassment. David is defending the employer. The Complaint seeks unspecified damages. An Answer has been filed denying all liability and the case continues through the discovery phase of the action in Jefferson Circuit Court.

Stacey Doyle v. Rhea Divelbiss, DISPUTED RED LIGHT, NEGLIGENCE, TRIAL; David defended Rhea Divelbiss (93 years young), who had been sued by Plaintiff Stacey Doyle under a theory that Ms. Divelbiss’ automobile ran a red light and caused traumatic injuries to Plaintiff. Plaintiff filed suit and sought $50,000 for past pain and suffering, over $100,000 for future pain and suffering and medical expenses. The case was tried and the jury returned a verdict in favor of Plaintiff but awarded zero ($0) for pain and suffering and only $2,507.00 in medical expenses (offset by PIP). The jury also assessed 50% of the fault to Plaintiff. The award did not meet or exceed the Defendant’s CR 68 Offer of Judgment so Plaintiff took nothing. Plaintiff also paid Defendant’s taxable court costs.

Mark Craycroft v. Rick Pippin, MALICIOUS PROSECUTION AND DEFAMATION; David defended Rick Pippin after he was sued by Mark Craycroft for malicious prosecution and defamation of character. David also filed a counterclaim on behalf of Rick Pippin against Mark Craycroft for property damage and malicious prosecution. The Court entered summary judgment in favor of Rick Pippin and dismissed all of the claims against him. The case proceeded to trial on Mr. Pippin’s counterclaims against Mark Craycroft. A jury returned a verdict in favor of Mr. Pippin for $176,368.06 (which included $75,000 in punitive damages). No appeal was taken.

Tyra Watkins v. Turner Management Company, et al., SLIP AND FALL, PREMISES LIABILITY, NEGLIGENCE, TRIAL; David Defended Turner Management Company after it was sued by Plaintiff Tyra Watkins under a theory that Turner Management Company had created an unsafe environment in the stairwell of her apartment complex. Ms. Watkins claimed she slipped on paint left on a stair by a contractor employed by Turner Management Company. She claimed $25,854.51 in medical expenses, $200,000 in pain and suffering, $80,000 in lost wages and reduction of her power to labor and earn money, $150,000 in future pain and suffering and $25,000 for future medical expenses. The case was tried for four days and Plaintiff was found 100% at fault for her own injuries. The jury returned a defense verdict in favor of Turner Management Company. Plaintiff took nothing.

Donna Lay v. Grandview Realty Company, SLIP AND FALL, PREMISES LIABILITY, NEGLIGENCE; David defended Grandview Realty Company after it was sued by Plaintiff Donna Lay under a theory that Grandview Realty had failed to adequately protect Plaintiff or warm Plaintiff that black ice may have accumulated in the parking lot of her condominium complex. David defended the lawsuit and Defendant’s motion for summary judgment was granted. Plaintiff’s case was dismissed.


Allstate Insurance Company, Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Company, Crum & Forster Insurance Company, United States Fire and Marine Insurance Company, Encompass Insurance Company, PGA of America, Bluegrass Automotive, Inc., Independent Club Venture, LTD d/b/a The Electric Cowboy, Anthem Steel, L.L.C., T1C Group, L.L.C., GQS, Inc., Cardinal Uniforms and Scrubs, Inc., Blankenbaker Primary Care, P.L.C., TriCounty OB/GYN, P.L.C., Evans Property Management, L.L.C., Julep Holdings, L.L.C., Chamberlain Holdings, L.LC.


Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2010, National Trial Lawyers
Am Best, Best Insurance Attorneys 2009
Presidential Who’s Who, Lifetime Member, Achievement in the Legal Profession, 2009*

Strathmoor’s Who’s Who, Professional of the Year, Legal Representation, 2008*

Strathmoor’s Who’s Who, Lifetime Member, 2008
Kentucky Bar Association, Pro Bono Award, 2002-2008
Jefferson County Public Schools, Champion for Children, 2002
*Published, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

Coach of the Year, St. Patrick’s Catholic School 2012-2013


American Bar Association (ABA)
Kentucky Bar Association (KBA)
Louisville Bar Association (LBA)
Kentucky Defense Counsel (KDC)
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Sports Lawyers of America (SLA)
North East Louisville Business Association (NELBA)
Middletown Chamber of Commerce

Pro Bono Activities:

Denny Crum Scholarship Foundation, Board of Directors (2008 to present)

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Celebrity Dinner Committee (2010 to present)

American Cancer Society, Trustee Committee (2003-2008)

Metro United Way (Loaned Executive Program, 1997)

YMCA's Project Safe Place

Greater Louisville Sports Commission

Trinity High School (Board of Ambassadors)


Chamberlain Pointe, Louisville, KY: David is an owner and developer of Chamberlain Pointe, a 10 acre, 140,000 sq. ft, mixed-use lifestyle and leisure center in northeastern Jefferson County, Louisville. Chamberlain Pointe conveys a unique downtown main street look in a suburban setting. Chamberlain Pointe encompasses retail shops, restaurants, banks, medical offices, general offices and neighborhood services. Current tenants at Chamberlain Pointe include: Moe’s Southwest Grill, Kleinert & Kutz Immediate Hand Care Center, Old National Bank, Citizen’s Union Bank, Thornton’s Quick Café & Market, Kentuckiana Allergy, Signature Smiles (Cosmetic Dentistry), Premier Home Care, Dr. Luke Kovatch (Podiatrist) and Pacific Cleaners. Preleasing PHASE II- 28,000 sf: medical office, general office, retail and restaurant space. A 1.42 acre outlot is available for lease, build to suit or purchase. Zoned C-1. Chamberlain Pointe is located on US Hwy 22 and Chamberlain Lane, directly across from the new Cabellas, Norton Hospital Brownsboro, Norton Pediatric Hospital, Norton Orthopaedic Center, Norton Immediate Care Center, Costco and Lowes.


Jefferson Marders Building
11507 Main Street
Middletown Historic District
Louisville, Kentucky 40243

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