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Gene practices in the firm’s litigation department. He devotes a significant amount of his time to cybersecurity counseling, defending insurers in matters relating to first and third-party claims, and maritime concerns.  These include a variety of liability, indemnity, health, and contractual issues.

Gene is a Rear Admiral in the Navy Reserve and draws on his recent experiences while recalled to active duty. He served as Deputy Commander of U.S. 10th Fleet and Fleet Cyber Command, augmenting his work in cybersecurity and admiralty issues, and as Commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence and Director of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office. He has led or assisted in responses to dozens of cybersecurity incidents in direct support of U.S. Cyber Command, U.S. Navy, and other agencies, and worked extensively on government cybersecurity risk management processes.  He represents clients regarding cybersecurity, maritime issues, insurance and business claims, and matters relating to cargo and barges.

Gene also handles employee benefits litigation, primarily ERISA matters for health and welfare benefits plans and subrogation issues. These include claims relating to the denial of benefits for medical treatment and disability benefits.

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Legal Work Highlights

Defense of commercial insurance policies, including indemnity and general liability

Cyber Security counseling relating to governance, risk management, threats, remediation, and incident response

Defense of companies and self-insured entities in ERISA litigation

Admiralty and Maritime litigation and contractual issues

Prosecution of declaratory judgment actions, including coverage disputes

Reported Cases

Winkler v. V.G. Reed & Sons, Inc.
619 N.E.2d 597, Ind.App., 1993

Winkler v. V.G. Reed & Sons, Inc
638 N.E.2d 1228, Ind., 1994

Hamilton v RDI/Caesars Riverboat Casino, Inc
179 F.Supp.2d 929, S.D.Ind., 2002

Ford v. RDI/Caesars Riverboat Casino, LLC
503 F.Supp.2d 839, W.D.Ky., 2007

RDI/Caesars Riverboat Casino, Inc. v. Conder,
896 N.E.2d 1172, 2008 A.M.C. 2861, Ind.App., 2008

Caesars Riverboat Casino, LLC v. Kephart,
903 N.E.2d 117, Ind.App., 2009


Law School

University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, J.D., 1988

Undergraduate School

University of Louisville, B.A., 1980

Bar Memberships

Gene is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Kentucky, 1989

Indiana, 1991


Gene is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

All Federal Courts in Indiana, Kentucky, and Southern District of Illinois


Local & National Recognition

Peer Review Rated,  Martindale-Hubbell®

The Best Lawyers in America®, Insurance Law, 2008-2009, 2013-2021

University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Distinguished Alumnus Award, August 23, 2015

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Bar Association

Indiana State Bar Association, Litigation Committee District Representative

Kentucky Bar Association

Louisville Bar Association

Floyd County Bar

Defense Research Institute

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Floyd County Riverboat Charitable Foundation, Investment Committee, Member

Shively Area Ministries (support for the indigent), former Board Member and Counsel

Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer

Firm Committees

Gene serves or has served in the following leadership role(s) at Frost Brown Todd:

Information Security Steering Committee, Member

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