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David C. Schwetschenau

Of Counsel, Lexington

David is Of Counsel in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Lexington office and has been with the firm since 1982. He is a member of the Tort, Trial & Insurance Services practice.

David served as a law clerk for the Honorable William O. Bertelsman, Judge for the United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky from 1980 to 1982. His current practice is focused primarily on general tort and commercial litigation, insurance matters, products liability and workers' compensation. He has served as co-counsel in litigation in which his client received a $123 million dollar jury verdict for property damage and lost profits on a products liability claim. He also has served as co-counsel in a trial involving 16 plaintiffs who alleged permanent brain damage due to exposure to carbon monoxide. After a five week trial, the case was settled just prior to jury submission.

Married with four children, David is a member of the Fayette County, Kentucky and American Bar Associations. He is also AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell® for his legal accomplishments.

Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law
1980, J.D., High Distinction
University of Colorado
1975, B.A.
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Northern Kentucky Law Review, 1979-1980
  • Order of the Coif


  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Christ the King, Eucharistic Adoration Committee
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Meet David

Work Highlights

Product Liability, Explosion & Failure to Warn

Successfully represented a manufacturing client, whose factory was destroyed by an explosion caused by a vendor’s product. The seven-week trial resulted in $122 million verdict, the single largest award of compensatory damages by a jury in Kentucky history.

"Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Kentucky Civil Litigation," Pre-Trial Discovery, University of KentuckyJuly 2009