PPOA Welcomes Three New Associates
John “Jack” C. Phillips, Matthew J. Wheatley, and Ryan D. Nafziger have recently been hired as new associates in the Louisville office. Jack graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2015 and spent a year as a clerk for The Kentucky Supreme Court before joining the firm this summer. He is the son of partners, John W. and Susan Phillips. Matthew J. Wheatley joins the firm after graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2016. Matt started as a clerk at PPOA during the summer of 2015. Ryan D. Nafziger joins after graduating from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 2016.
PPOA Attorneys Selected as SuperLawyers
William Orberson and Joseph M. Effinger were selected as SuperLawyer® in Civil Litigation Defense; John W. Phillips, Susan D. Phillips, and John F. Parker were selected in Medical Malpractice Defense; and Patricia Le Meur, M. David Thompson and Nicholas R. Hart were chosen as Rising Stars for 2015.
Colleen Davis Joins PPOA
Colleen Davis recently passed the Kentucky Bar Exam and joined the firm as an Associate. Colleen graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2014, and clerked with PPOA during the summer of 2013. Colleen is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. Her practice will focus primarily on medical and professional liability.
After finishing two summers as a law clerk with PPOA, Laura Edelen has agreed to join the firm as an Associate following her graduation from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in May 2015. Laura is a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky.
Louisville Magazine’s Top Lawyers
Founding partners, John Phillips and Susan Phillips, were recognized in Louisville Magazine’s 2014 list of “Top Lawyers.” John was recognized as a top lawyer in the fields of Medical Malpractice Law – Defense and Professional Malpractice Law – Defense. Susan was recognized as a top lawyer in the fields of Medical Malpractice Law – Defense and Personal Injury Law – Defense. Congratulations to John and Susan!
On May 30, 2014, PPOA participated in its 14th consecutive Relay for Life and raised $6,953 for the American Cancer Society. This year brought PPOA’s total contributions to more than $100,000. In the months before the event, PPOA raised funds through other efforts, including hosting a silent auction and the firm’s weekly inter-office “casual for a cause.” We are proud to contribute to the continued fight to find a cure for cancer.
On May 12, 2014, Jennifer Jabroski, Carrie Laughlin, and Langdon Worley of the Lexington office of PPOA participated in an event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Lexington office has regularly supported the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for several years.
On April 21, 2014, Susan Phillips gave the keynote address at the University of Kentucky College of Law Litigation Banquet. Susan, and PPOA, have been long-time supporters of UK’s Trial Advocacy Board and U of L’s Moot Court Program, serving regularly as volunteer judges at local, regional and national trial competitions. PPOA believes that the next generation of trial lawyers will emerge from these programs, and they deserve our support.
Cabbage Patch Settlement House is a local, non-profit organization dedicated to assisting at-risk youth and their families. On April 16, 2014, Katie Watts organized a team of PPOA attorneys and staff to assist with Cabbage Patch’s annual Putt Fore the Patch event.
PPOA is excited to announce that David Thompson and Tricia Le Meur have been named partners of the firm. David joined PPOA in 2008 after practicing for seven years in Washington DC and Northern Virginia. During his time at the firm, David has successfully defended physicians, hospitals, as well as other professionals and entities in malpractice trials. Tricia has practiced with PPOA since earning her Juris Doctor in 2001. Since then, she has successfully represented defendants in a variety of professional and liability lawsuits.
PPOA is excited to announce that founding partner, Susan Phillips, has been elected to serve as President of the Louisville Bar Association for 2014. Susan has previously led the LBA in a variety of roles, including: President-Elect (2013), Vice President/Treasurer (2012), and Secretary (2011). She also served as President of the Louisville Bar Foundation in 2009. In her new capacity, Susan hopes to improve collegiality among Bar members. We congratulate Susan on yet another fine achievement and look forward to her leadership in 2014!
PPOA Profiled by Louisville Business First
A local business magazine recently interviewed and profiled several of the partners of PPOA. The focus of the article is the business structure and how PPOA’s management committee handles the operations of the firm. Click Here to Read the Article.
For the 13th year in a row, PPOA successfully participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. We raised over $7,500 for this year’s event, making us a “Platinum” level fundraising team for Relay! We raised funds through a variety of efforts throughout the past year, including a Silent Auction and cocktail party, dress down contributions and the like. While we certainly enjoyed the camaraderie of our team efforts, we participated to help support the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.
On May 9, 2013, PPOA is having a silent auction and gently used book sale to benefit American Cancer Society Relay for Life and March of Dimes. Everyone is invited to stop by between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to shop for books and bid on silent auction items.
On August 17, 2012, the firm hosted a seminar for our attorneys and local clients on Medicare Set-Asides and lien resolution. Medicare Set-Asides, more commonly known as “ MSA”s, are complicated and potentially factor in every settlement in a personal injury case. In order to learn the latest about these issues, PPOA invited speakers from The Centers and Brant Hickey & Associates to educate us and our clients. The seminar was very interesting and well attended—could the latter be because the seminar was followed by a cocktail party?
Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett, for the 12th consecutive year, participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event on May 18-19, 2012. As always, everyone at PPOA pulled together and made this effort a success. We proudly collected, through various efforts and donations over the past year, nearly $7,000.00 for Relay. This earned PPOA “Gold Team” status for this event. Team PPOA also enjoyed the celebration and camaraderie which are the focus of the Relay for Life event itself. Over the course of its participation in Relay, Team PPOA has collected and donated well over $87,000.00 to assist the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.
Susan Phillips was inducted on January 19, 2012, as the Vice President/Treasurer for the Louisville Bar Association for 2012. She will serve as President-Elect next year and will then serve as President of the LBA in 2014.
On October 12, 2011, the firm held a dinner at Pat’s Steakhouse in honor of William Swain’s 50th anniversary as a practicing attorney. Bill is the dean of Kentucky appellate lawyers. His briefs, both at Boehl Stopher & Graves and Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett, PLC, have shaped many, diverse areas of Kentucky law. Bill was presented with a two volume bound set of his published opinions and a photograph signed by the current members of the Kentucky Supreme Court, along with a letter of commendation from Chief Justice John D. Minton.
Council on Litigation Management
September 2011 – PPOA has been selected by the Fellows of the Council on Litigation Management for inclusion within its roster of member firms.