Chris J. Gadansky

Chris J. Gadansky

Louisville, Kentucky

Mr. Gadansky has practiced law throughout Kentucky since 2002. He has extensive experience in commercial and civil litigation in state, federal and appellate courts throughout the state, focusing primarily on municipal liability, public sector defense, civil rights litigation, employment litigation, and general insurance defense. Mr. Gadansky's litigation experience in public sector defense includes specific experience in defending local governments, governmental agencies and officials in connection with claims brought against them under both state and federal law, including Section 1983 claims, federal constitutional claims, Title VII (ADA and ADEA), use of force claims, public employer defense, wrongful death, wrongful termination, whistleblower claims, employee discrimination, state constitutional and negligence claims, among other claims unique to city and county government. Mr. Gadansky has also practiced extensively in the area of general insurance defense litigation since graduating from law school to include claims of product liability, medical malpractice, bad faith and general liability claims.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defense
  • Civil Rights
  • Municipal Law

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2005


  • Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida
    • J.D. cum laude - 2001
  • Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky
    • B.A. cum laude - 1997

Published Works

  • Kentucky's Municipal Employers Achieve Major Victory in 2012, McBrayer Newsletter, December 2012, Volume 2, Issue 12
  • Reasonable Rules and Regulations: The First Amendment and the Public Workplace, Defense Research Institute, For the Defense, June, 2003

Representative Cases

  • Roger Lee Minnifield v. Sheriff Charlie Brown (U.S. District for the Western District of Kentucky 2012)
  • Wayne D. Shemwell v. Deputy John Heller and Jefferson County Sheriff's Department (U.S. District for the Western District of Kentucky 2012)

Representative Clients

  • St. Paul Travelers
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Kentucky Association of Counties
  • GuideOne Insurance
  • Great American Insurance Company
  • Kentucky League of Cities


  • Guest Lecturer, Defense Litigation, University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, 2010

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rating by Martindale Hubbell , 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisville Bar Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Landrum and Shouse, LLP, Associate, 2002 - 2010