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Hamblin, Pierce W.

106 West Vine StreetSuite 800Lexington, KY 40507-1684
Phones: 859-554-4038 (Local)
888-322-2505 (Toll-Free)
Fax: 859-233-0308
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Pierce W. Hamblin is a partner in the law firm of Landrum & Shouse, LLP in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Hamblin has also been, and continues to be, an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University Kentucky College of Law. For the past 34 years, he has taught a course in trial work and trial tactics known as LITIGATION SKILLS to Senior Law Students at the College of Law. He also teaches another course to Senior Law Students at the Law School known as NEGOTIATIONS...

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Pierce W. Hamblin is a partner in the law firm of Landrum & Shouse, LLP in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Hamblin has also been, and continues to be, an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University Kentucky College of Law. For the past 34 years, he has taught a course in trial work and trial tactics known as LITIGATION SKILLS to Senior Law Students at the College of Law. He also teaches another course to Senior Law Students at the Law School known as NEGOTIATIONS. He is an "AV" rated trial lawyer in Martindale-Hubbell, and has been so for 20 years.  

In 2006, Mr. Hamblin was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Law Hall of Fame. In 2000, Mr. Hamblin was appointed by the Johnson Circuit Court as a Trial Commissioner or Special Master to handle mass tort litigation in this Eastern Kentucky jurisdiction. He served in that position for several years.

Most recently, he was appointed by order of multiple Courts to serve as a Special Master Commissioner in a multiple claim litigation throughout Eastern Kentucky.

He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Bar Foundation of the Kentucky Bar Association. Mr. Hamblin is the Chairman for the Fayette County Bar Association Civil Litigation Section. In this capacity, he is responsible for arranging continuing legal education training programs for civil trial attorneys in Lexington, Kentucky. He is President of the Fayette County Bar Association for 2014-2015.

He is a recipient of the American Juris Prudence Award for both Property and Corporate Finance Law. He has been selected as a Best Lawyer for the past 10 years (2004-2014). He was recently named the 2014 Best Lawyer for Mediation in Lexington by Best Lawyers of America.

Mr. Hamblin has spent the past 36 years litigating cases. He has tried cases throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky ranging from personal injury, wrongful death and product liability to medical/legal malpractice and municipal civil rights cases and police pursuit cases. He has defended multiple insurance companies in Bad Faith litigation throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He has been Lead Trial Counsel for many Insurance Companies in this area of Kentucky for a number of years. He has spoken on numerous occasions to the Kentucky State Claims Association and many local Kentucky Bar Associations on the Law of Bad Faith, Trial Tactics, Opening Statements, Closing Arguments and Insurance Defense/Coverage Litigation. He has addressed the Defense Research Institute Annual Products Liability Conference on evaluation of Injury and Death Claims at multiple conventions.

Mr. Hamblin is a trained and certified mediator through the Mediation Center of Central Kentucky. He has mediated over 6,000 large civil and medical malpractice cases involving multiple litigants in the past twelve years. Mr. Hamblin was nominated and selected for the Best Lawyers in America, after an exhaustive peer-review study by lawyers in his specialties of mediation and arbitration. 

Mr. Hamblin served as a Captain in the United States Army and Army Reserves with intensive training in the specialty of Military Intelligence. He was The Distinguished Graduate of the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course provided by the Army for 1977 and he is certified both as a Tactical Intelligence Officer and a Counter-Intelligence Officer. He also received a degree in Military Law from the University of Virginia College of Law. Thereafter, he served as the Judge Advocate for an Army Training Brigade.

Mr. Hamblin has been a mentor for every law school in the Commonwealth for students participating in the Kentucky Legal Education Opportunities (KLEO) Programs. He has served in this program since its inception. This program provides guidance for entering law students from underrepresented and diverse areas of the state.

He is the 2013 recipient of the Kentucky Service to Young Lawyers Award, presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the Kentucky Bar Association at the KBA Annual Convention.

He is married and has the three best looking children in the world.


  • Captain, U.S. Army Military Intelligence, 1973-1978 (Certified Tactical Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence)
  • Judge Advocate General, 1979-Present
  • The Distinguished Graduate, Military Intelligence Officers Basic Course, 1977-1978
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Current Employment Position(s)
Practice Areas
Mediation and Arbitration 50%Civil Litigation 50%ArbitrationInternational Dispute ResolutionMediationMini-TrialsPrivate JudgingCommercial InsuranceDirectors' & Officers' Liability InsuranceErrors & Omissions InsuranceInsurance MalpracticeInsurance SubrogationLife & HealthMotor VehicleFederal Trial PracticeState Trial PracticeAnimal Bites -- DefenseAssault & Battery -- DefenseAviation Accidents -- DefenseDefamation & Privacy -- DefensePremises Liability -- DefenseProperty Damage -- DefenseRailroad Accidents -- DefenseSlip and Fall -- DefenseWrongful Death -- DefenseMachinery & ToolsMedical Products & Devices
Bar Admissions
Kentucky, 1977U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1977U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1977U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1978
Specialties and Certifications
Mediation and Arbitration, Kentucky, 1977
Other Affiliations
Fayette County Bar Association Pro Bono Program, 2014 - 2015 (Chairman of the Board of Directors) Fayette County Bar Association, 2010 - Present (Chairman, Civil Litigation Section) Fayette County Bar Association, 1977 - Present (Member) Kentucky Bar Association, 1977 - Present (Member) Kentucky Defense Attorneys Association (Member) Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys (Member)
Top 10 and Top 50, Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2017Best Lawyers in America, 2017, Arbitration and Mediation in LexingtonBest Lawyers in America, 2016 Lawyer of the Year, Arbitration and Mediation in LexingtonInducted into the UK ROTC Hall of Fame, 2015Top 10 Kentucky Super Lawyer® for Mediation, 2015Featured in Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine, "The Big Guy", January 2015Best Lawyers in America, 2015, ArbitrationBest Lawyers in America, 2015, MediationBest Lawyers of America, Lexington Lawyer of the Year for Mediation 2014Recipient, 2013 KBA Kentucky Service to Young Lawyers AwardAV Preeminent Rated over 20 yearsKentucky Super Lawyers - Designated as Top 50 Lawyers in Kentucky, 2007 - 2013Top Ten Super Lawyers in Kentucky, 2012 and 2014Top 50 Super Lawyers in Kentucky, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review RatedUniversity of Kentucky College of Law Hall of Fame, 2006Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, 2007 - PresentKentucky Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2017Fellow, American Academy of Trial Counsel, 2006 - PresentFellow, American College of Civil Trial Mediators (Charter Member from Kentucky), 2007 - PresentNational Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (Charter Member from Kentucky), Inducted 2010Best Lawyers in AmericaPresident of the Fayette County Bar AssociationCaptain in the U.S. ArmyAppointed as a Member of the KTSA Military Law Committee, 2014 - 2016
Classes and Seminars
Adjunct Professor, Litigation Skills, University of Kentucky College of Law, 1980 - Present
Adjunct Professor, Negotiations, University of Kentucky College of Law, 2008 - Present
Past Positions
U.S. Army, Military Intelligence, Captain, 1973 - 1978
University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, 1977
University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1986
Major: Army JAG
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1973
Honors: With High Distinction
Honors: Dean's List
Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa
Honors: Beta Gamma Sigma
Major: Business Administration
Fraternities and Sororities
Phi Delta PhiOmicron Delta Kappa
Accepts Credit Cards
Published Works
The Basics of Mediation, Fayette County Bar Association, 1996Opening Statements, Fayette County Bar Association, 2007
Office Information
106 West Vine StreetSuite 800Lexington, KY 40507-1684
859-554-4038 (Local)888-322-2505 (Toll-Free)
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