Section of Litigation

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Whether you are an existing member of the Section of Litigation or are thinking about joining us, you have come to the right place to meet a group of lawyers determined to achieve success in their practices, improve the profession, help their communities, and uphold the rule of law.

With a membership of over 40,000 litigators, associates, and law students, there are plenty of chances to network and get involved with the Section, including our Section meetings and our 38 committees focusing on various practice specialties.

The Section also offers plenty of opportunities for CLE, business development, and public service.

Here are some of the benefits and resources available to you as a member of the Section of Litigation:

  • Section Publications that include our award-winning Litigation journal (published quarterly), our monthly Litigation News, our committee content, and our topical books;
  • Opportunities to participate actively in programs hosted by our 38 committees (as speakers or attendees), publications, networking activities, and roundtable discussions;
  • Sound Advice podcasts covering subjects like ethics, evidence, procedure, business generation, and other current topics of interest;
  • Monthly Section Newsletters, that keep you up to date on news and developments;
  • Business Development Resources on marketing yourself and your firm, including BD Video Tips to help you grow your business;
  • Discounts on our upcoming conferences and CLE programs; and
  • Programs that reflect our commitment to public servicechildren’s rights, pro bono work and a diverse and inclusive profession—and that provide platforms for the voice of the litigator; and
  • Unique access to experts, shared initiatives, and thought and content collaboration with Section Sponsor Ankura and Meetings Sponsor LexisNexis. 

We hope that you are enjoying these benefits as a member—and that you will join us if you are not a member so that you can start enjoying them right away!

I welcome your questions, suggestions, or feedback about our Section and look forward to seeing you at our Section meetings.

Palmer Gene Vance II
2018–19 Section Chair

Gene Vance, a Member in the Lexington office of Stoll Keenon Ogden, has been with the firm since 1995. He is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group, as well as the Tort, Trial and Insurance Services Practice Group, and the Intellectual Property Practice Group. Gene maintains an active trial and dispute resolution practice focusing on business and commercial litigation, products liability litigation, toxic tort litigation, copyright and intellectual property litigation, trucking and transportation litigation, and insurance coverage litigation. He serves as chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

Gene has received an AV Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and as a Kentucky Super Lawyer based upon his experience and ability. He has also been listed in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigators since 2013.

Gene represents several large consumer goods and industrial products manufacturers and has defended products liability matters throughout Kentucky and in other jurisdictions. He has defended toxic tort claims including asbestos, benzene and styrene exposure cases, as well as pharmaceutical claims.

His business litigation experience includes disputes in the automotive, environmental, equine, mining and construction industries. Gene previously represented a manufacturer of shipping containers in industry wide products liability litigation and served as Kentucky counsel for several pharmaceutical companies involved in pricing litigation with the Kentucky Attorney General.

His intellectual property practice has included representation of an international trade association in copyright infringement litigation throughout the Midwestern and Southeastern United States. Gene’s trucking industry experience includes representation of national, regional and local motor carriers, as well as representation of a number of trucking insurance companies including the largest underwriter of trucking insurance in Canada. His experience with insurance matters includes significant coverage litigation, as well as claims for extra-contractual damages, for domestic carriers as well as several underwriting syndicates at Lloyd’s, London. Gene’s national practice has included handling matters before courts in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas.

Gene currently is Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, the largest section in the ABA. He has been active in the Section’s leadership since 2003, previously serving as the Section’s Revenue Officer as a Managing Director of the Section and co-chairing the Section’s 2009 Annual Meeting.

Since 2001, Gene has served in the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, and currently serving as the Kentucky State Delegate. From 2010-12, he served as Chair of the House Committee on Rules & Calendar. He has chaired or co-chaired two ABA Presidential Appointments Committees. From 2012-15, he served as Chair of the Council of the ABA’s charitable arm, the Fund for Justice and Education. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of both the American Bar Endowment and the American Bar Foundation. Gene is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the American Counsel Association.

Gene served as President of the Fayette County Bar Association in 2013-14 and has also held a number of positions with the Kentucky Bar Association, including as a member of the Board of Governors and as Chair of its Young Lawyers Division.

Immediate Past Chair

Koji Fukumura


Barb Dawson