Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc (DBL Law) is a full-service law firm of 39 attorneys and 51 staff, with offices located in Cincinnati, Ohio and Crestview Hills, Kentucky. DBL attorneys represent private individuals and companies in many industries and areas of law including: Administrative, Banking & Commercial, Business Organizations and Taxation, Civil Litigation, Construction, Employment and Labor, Estate Planning and Probate, Healthcare, Real Estate, Technology and Workers' Compensation.
David V. Kramer practices primarily in the fields of civil litigation and health law. His trial experience includes winning three defense jury verdicts in less than 90 days in late 2006, culminating in victory in a five-week trial in which the plaintiff asked the jury for over $120 million in damages.
Dave also serves as the primary author of Thomson/West's two-volume treatise on the Kentucky Rules of Civil Procedure. The treatise, which is updated annually, is widely regarded as the leading reference on the Kentucky civil rules. Dave is also co-author of DBL’s Civil Litigation Blog.
In the appellate field, he has briefed and argued cases in the Kentucky Court of Appeals, Kentucky Supreme Court, and the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Recent opinions from cases he has handled include:
• Gilbert v. Com., Cabinet for Health & Family Services, 291 S.W.3d 712 (Ky. App. 2008)
• Leonard v. St. Claire Medical Center, Inc., 2007 WL 625074 (Ky. App. 2007).
• Physician Services, P.S.C., v. Birdwhistell, et al., 2007 WL 1558513 (U.S.D.C., E.D.Ky 2007).
• Cavana v. Love, 2005 WL 1415361 (Ky. App. 2005).
• Compton v. St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Inc., 2005 WL 327116 (Ky. App. 2005).
• Straub v. Kilgore, 100 Fed.Appx. 379 (6th Cir. 2004).
• Johnson v. St. Claire Medical Center, Inc., 2003 WL 22149386 (Ky. App. 2003).
In January 2008, Dave was elected to the Board of Governors of the Kentucky Bar Association. He was re-elected November 2009 and November 2011 for additional two-year terms. The Board assists the Kentucky Supreme Court in regulating the practice of law in Kentucky. In May 2008, he was appointed by Governor Steven L. Beshear to serve as a Special Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court in the case of Cape Publications, Inc., d/b/a The Courier Journal v. The University of Louisville Foundation, Inc., 260 S.W.3d 818 (Ky. 2008).
In addition to his extensive litigation practice, Dave advises the firm’s health-care clients in a variety of areas, and has represented hospitals and physicians and acted as a hearing officer in medical staff corrective action proceedings.
Dave regularly lectures and publishes on topics related to civil litigation and health law. He is also very active in public and community service. He has served since January 2000 as a member of the Crestview Hills City Council, and from 1993 to 1998 he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. Among other community service activities, he is a past Chair of Covington Latin School Board of Education and a past Board Chair of the Mental Health Association of Northern Kentucky. He and his wife Diane reside in Crestview Hills. They have one child and two grandchildren.
Commonwealth of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
J.D., University of Kentucky (1983)
H.A.B., Xavier University (cum laude, 1980)
Professional Associations & Memberships
Kentucky Bar Association
Northern Kentucky Bar Association
Litigation Counsel of America
Kentucky Academy of Hospital Attorneys
Defense Research Counsel
Honors and Awards
Kentucky Super Lawyer, Medical Malpractice (2010 -2014)
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, May 2009.
Martindale Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated