Hoots, Douglas L.

106 West Vine Street, Suite 800P. O. Box 951Lexington, KY 40507

Updated: 09/26/2017


Douglas L. Hoots is a partner in the law firm of Landrum & Shouse LLP in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky . His main practice areas are Insurance Defense, Civil Litigation, Employment Discrimination – Employer, and State and Federal Trial/Appellate Practice.  He is a Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum,  Member of Kentucky Defense Counsel,  Defense Research Institute (DRI) member,  Member of...

Office Info

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Municipal Law
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • Police Misconduct
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Employment Discrimination -- Employer
  • Complex Litigation
  • Federal Appellate Practice
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • State Appellate Practice
  • State Trial Practice
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • 100%

Representative Cases

  • Ky. River Foothills Dev. Council, Inc. v. Phirman, 504 S.W.3d 11, 2016 Ky. LEXIS 558
  • KY River Foothills Development Council v. Steffen Estate, 2015 WL 1746483, unpublished (Kentucky Court of Appeals 2016)
  • State Farm Automobile Insurance Company v. Karen Hodgkiss-Warrick, 413 S.W.3d 875, published (Supreme Court of Kentucky 2014)
  • Roberson v. Property and Casualty Ins. Co. of Hartford, 2009 WL 603852, published (W.D.Ky 2009)
  • Neurodiagnostics, Inc. v. Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Ins. Co., 250 S.W.3d 321, published (Ky 2008)
  • Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. v. Mussetter, 242 S.W.3d 690, published (Ky.App 2007)
  • National Sur. Corp. v. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co., 493 F.3d 752, published (6th Cir.Ky 2007)
  • National Sur. Corp. v. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co., 445 F.Supp.2d 779, published (W.D.Ky 2006)
  • Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Samples, 192 S.W.3d 311, published (Ky 2006)
  • Knotts v. Zurich Insurance, 197 S.W. 3d 512, published (Supreme Court of Kentucky 2006)
  • Snow v. West American Ins. Co., 161 S.W.3d 338, published (Ky.App. 2004)
  • USA v. Sullivan, 246 F. Supp. 2d 700, published (E.D. Ky 2003)
  • Daley v. Reed, 87 S.W.3d 247, published (Ky 2002)
  • Omni Ins. Co. v. Harmon, 185 F.3d 646, published (6th Cir.Ky 1999)
  • ARA Services, Inc. v. Pineville Community Hosp., 2 S.W.3d 104, published (Ky.App 1999)
  • Empire Fire and Marine Ins. Co. v. Haddix, 927 S.W.2d 843, published (Ky.App 1996)


Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003

Other Affiliations

  • Kentucky Defense Counsel
  • Insurance Institute of KY
  • Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Paralegal Studies, Eastern Kentucky University


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2017, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants in Lexington
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants in Lexington
  • Selected as a 2015 Member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Inducted as a member of Trial Masters, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Super Lawyers 2010-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated
  • Top Attorneys in Kentucky
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Classes and Seminars

  • Former Instructor of Paralegal Studies, Eastern Kentucky University


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, 1985
  • Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1982
    Major: Economics

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon


Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information


106 West Vine Street, Suite 800P. O. Box 951Lexington, KY 40507


  • 859-233-0308


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