Robert T. Watson

Robert T. Watson

Louisville, Kentucky

Mr. Watson has practiced law throughout Kentucky since graduating from the University Of Kentucky College of Law in 1990. His practice is diverse and he is experienced 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. Watson's experience in governmental entity defense includes defense of local governments, governmental agencies and officials in connection with claims brought under both state and federal law, including Section 1983, negligence claims and state constitutional claims, for alleged deliberate indifference to medical needs, excessive force, wrongful termination and abuse of process, among other claims unique to city and county governments. Mr. Watson has also practiced extensively in the area of insurance defense litigation since graduating from law school, including claims of product liability, medical malpractice, bad faith and general liability claims.

Mr. Watson also advises the Firm's corporate clients with respect to complex corporate, employee and real estate transactions.

Mr. Watson joins us having served as managing partner of the Louisville office of Landrum & Shouse, LLP where he was recognized by the Kentucky Civil Jury Trial Reporter as one of the most prolific trial attorneys in Kentucky in 2006.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defense
  • Civil Rights
  • Municipal Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Public Sector Defense
  • Governmental Immunity
  • Real Estate
  • Employment Law
  • Corporate Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1990
  • Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky
    • B.A. - 1987

Published Works

  • Contributing Author, Inside The Minds – Representing Municipalities in Litigation, Thomas Reuters/Aspatore Books, 2013

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
  • Scottsdale Insurance
  • AutoOwners Insurance
  • ARGI Financial Services
  • Camp Taylor Fire Department
  • Grayson County Detention Center

Honors and Awards

  • 2nd Most Prolific Trial Attorney in Ky, recognized by Kentucky Civil Jury Trial Reporter, 2006
  • Joined U.S. Congressman Yarmuth in Introducing Combating Autism Through Education Bill, 2008
  • Recognized in the 2013 The Best Lawyers in America 19th Edition
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisville Bar Association, Litigation Section, Chair , 1999
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1999 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute, Governmental Liability Section, Member, 2000 - Present
  • Carriage House Educational Services and Preschool Louisville, Kentucky, Board Chair, 2005 - Present
  • Greater Louisville Inc., Economic Development Policy Committee, 2011 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Landrum and Shouse, LLP, Managing Partner of the Louisville Office, 2002 - 2010


  • Phi Delta Phi