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Lucy A. VanMeter

Member, Lexington

Lucy is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Lexington office and has been with the firm since 2001. She is a member of the Tort, Trial & Insurance Services practice as well as the Business Litigation practice with a focus on Trust & Estate Litigation. She concentrates her practice on personal injury, insurance coverage and disputes, professional negligence, insurance bad faith and contract disputes.

Lucy is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for her many legal accomplishments. She has co-authored a primer on federal statutory intellectual property law as well as several compendiums on Kentucky law regarding wrongful death, product liability and unfair competition. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law where she was Comments Editor for the Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law. Prior to joining the firm, she worked for the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Lucy is President of the Fayette County Bar Association and a Board Member of the Fayette County Bar Foundation.  She is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Kentucky. She is a former Board Member of the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, the Historic Western Suburb Neighborhood Association and the Kentucky Conference for Community and Justice.

University of Kentucky College of Law
2001, J.D., cum laude
DePauw University
1997, B.A., Honors
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®


  • Fayette County Bar Association, president
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Leadership Kentucky, class of 2015
  • Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning, board member
  • Kentucky Conference for Community and Justice, board member
  • Historic Western Suburb Neighborhood Association, board member
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Work Highlights

Wrongful Death: Domestic Violence

Estate of Amanda Ross v. Steven R. Nunn, Fayette Circuit Court, Civil Action No. 09-CI-05104. Obtained a judgment against Steven R. Nunn in the amount of $24,253,298.85 for the wrongful death of Amanda Ross. The trial team has pursued foreclosure of Nunn's real property, garnishment of his pension assets and garnishment of his prison commissary account in partial satisfaction of the judgment. The trial team also successfully defended the right of the Estate to garnish Nunn's pension funds despite a Kentucky statute that Nunn claimed provides a partial exemption for those assets.  See Stephen R. Nunn v. Diana M. Ross as Personal Representative of the Estate of Amanda Ross, 2015 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 593 (Ky. App. 2015) (review denied Supreme Court Case No. 2015-SC-473 (February 10, 2016)).

Statutory Civil Rights

Tallman v. Elizabethtown Police Dep't, 344 F.Supp.2d 992 (W.D. Ky. 2004), aff’d, 167 Fed. Appx. 459 (6th Cir. 2006). Successfully defended the Elizabethtown Police Department in a statutory civil rights claim arising from a fatal accidental shooting that occurred following a high speed chase. After the federal claims were disposed of, the state law claims were re-filed in the Hardin Circuit Court and favorable dispositive rulings were obtain from the trial court, the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Insurance Bad Faith

Sazegari v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co., 2008 U.S. Dist LEXIS 54822 (W.D. Ky. 2008), aff’d, No. 08-5990, 08-6015 (6th Cir. 2009). Represented GEICO in a bad faith lawsuit arising from a property damage claim. After years of litigation that began in state court, obtained summary judgment from the federal district court and successfully argued the merits of the case before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2009, obtaining an oral ruling from the bench.

Prosecutorial Misconduct

Rogers et al v. O’Donnell et al, No. 10-00373 (E.D. Ky. 2011), aff'd 737 F.3d 1026 (6th Cir 2013). Represented state prosecutors in a case arising from a criminal prosecution of local police officers for assault, intimidating a participant in a legal process, and tampering with a witness. After the police officers were acquitted of all charges, they filed a lawsuit against the state prosecutors pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The district court granted summary judgment based on grounds of qualified immunity. The case was affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Related Practices: Business Litigation

Professional Negligence

Barbara A. Abel et al v. J. Brent Austin et al, 411 S.W.3d. 728 (Ky. 2013).  Successfully defended an attorney accused of misappropriation of client funds, obtaining summary judgment from the trial court which was then affirmed by the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the Kentucky Supreme Court in a published opinion.

Estate Litigation

After a 2 ½ week trial in the Bourbon Circuit Court in 2013, obtained a favorable jury verdict setting aside an estate plan on the basis of undue influence and unsound mind and awarding damages exceeding $550,000 for misappropriation of Trust funds.

Related Practices: Trust & Estate Litigation

Wrongful Death: Shooting Over Boundary Line Dispute

In 2011, obtained a $3,760,003.50 judgment in a wrongful death claim arising from a fatal shooting over a boundary line dispute.

Motor Vehicle Accident: Negligent Failure to Maintain Construction Site

Successfully represented an operator of motor vehicle, who suffered serious injuries in an accident caused by road construction crews’ failure to use proper signage. Matter settled prior to trial.

News Seminars
"A Tale of Two Civil Trials," Fayette County Bar Association Law Camp, Summer 2016
"A Tale of Two Civil Trials," Fayette County Bar Association Law Camp, Summer 2015
"A Civil Case," Fayette County Bar Association Law Camp Summer 2014
"Business Disputes: How Judges, Mediators and Litigants View the Merits of a Case," SKO Corporate Seminar, Spring 2014
Boot Camp Trial Skills, Voir Dire in the Civil Case," ABA 8th Annual National Solo and Small Firm Conference 2013