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David C. Travis

Founding Partner


David C. Travis is a trial lawyer with extensive litigation experience and an excellent trial record. He is a founding partner of Bluegrass Lawyers and a prior founding partner of Travis, Herbert & Stempien Attorneys. From 2010-2017 The National Trial Lawyers recognized David as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America. David has a strong law practice emphasizing Business and Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Insurance Litigation, Medicare Law, Sports & Entertainment Law, Commercial and Business Litigation, Defamation, Real Estate Law and Collection Law. David has a diverse and varied background, which includes Bank Management, Finance, Sports Management, Sports Marketing, Real Estate & Commercial Development, Collegiate Sports & Collegiate Coaching. In 2000, David was responsible for operational management for the PGA of America's 2000 PGA Championship held at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville (won by Tiger Woods). David has served as local counsel for PGA of America since 2001 and assisted with the 2008 Ryder Cup, 2014 PGA Championship and 2011 Senior PGA Championship also held at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville (The 2008 Ryder was won by the United States). David is a true fan of the Louisville Community. As a former player and coach at the University of Louisville, David has a great love and appreciation for the University of Louisville. He currently sits on The Denny Crum Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors. David is an avid supporter and volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (where he currently sits on the Celebrity Dinner Committee), the American Cancer Society (where he formerly sat on the Trustee Committee), Metro United Way, YMCA's Project Safe Place, and the Greater Louisville Sports Commission. David is a graduate of Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville. David is an owner and developer of Chamberlain Pointe, Louisville's premier mixed-use lifestyle and leisure center located in North East Jefferson County. 10% of all of David's private practice fees are donated to the charity of the client's choice. He and his family are active members of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT: Chamberlain Pointe, Louisville, KY; David is an owner and developer of Chamberlain Pointe, a 10-acre, 160,000 sq. ft, mixed-use lifestyle and leisure center in northeastern Jefferson County, Louisville. Chamberlain Pointe conveys a unique downtown main street look in a suburban setting. Chamberlain Pointe encompasses retail shops, restaurants, banks, medical offices, general offices and neighborhood services. Current tenants at Chamberlain Pointe include: Salzman Institute for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Kentucky Fertility Institute, Moe's Southwest Grill, Kleinert & Kutz Immediate Hand Care Center, Jennings Orthodontics, Old National Bank, Citizen's Union Bank, Thornton's Quick Café & Market, Kentuckiana Allergy, Results Physiotherapy, Tandoori Fusion (Indian Cuisine), Signature Smiles (Cosmetic Dentistry), Cardinal Uniforms & Scrubs, 9Rounds Kickboxing, and Pacific Cleaners. Now leasing: medical office, general office, retail and restaurant space. A 1.42 acre outlet is available for lease, build to suit or purchase. Zoned C-1. Chamberlain Pointe is located on US Hwy 22 and Chamberlain Lane, directly across from the new Norton Hospital Brownsboro, Norton Immediate Care Center, Norton Pediatric Hospital and Norton Cancer Center.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Civil and Business Litigation
  • Corporate Officer and Director Liability
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Medicare/Medicaid Law
  • Sports and Entertainment Law
  • Defamation
  • Dram Shop Liability
  • Collections and Subrogation
  • Real Estate Development
  • Wills and Estates

Representative Clients

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Company
  • Crum & Forster Insurance Company
  • United States Fire and Marine Insurance Company
  • Encompass Insurance Company
  • PGA of America
  • Bluegrass Automotive, Inc.
  • Anthem Steel, L.L.C.
  • Tier 1 Consulting, L.L.C.
  • GQS, Inc.
  • Cardinal Uniforms and Scrubs, Inc.
  • Blankenbaker Primary Care, P.L.C.
  • TriCounty OB/GYN, P.L.C.
  • Evans Property Management, L.L.C.
  • JD Taylor & Sons Moving, Inc.
  • Edward Neutz Sons & Daughters Moving
  • Independence Club Venture Ltd., d/b/a The Electric Cowboy
  • Collaborate Technologies, L.L.C.
  • SCI - Evergreen Funeral Home & Cemetery
  • Tichenor & Associates (CPAs)


  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 2000
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
    • B.S.
    • Major: Education
    • Major: Sports Management
  • Leadership Louisville Foundation, Focus Louisville, Kentucky

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Kentucky Bar Association (KBA)
  • Louisville Bar Association (LBA)
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel (KDC)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Sports Lawyers of America (SLA)
  • North East Louisville Business Association (NELBA)
  • Middletown Chamber of Commerce

Current Employment Positions

  • Founding Partner

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky


  • Am Best, Best Insurance Attorneys
  • Presidential Who's Who, Lifetime Member, Achievement in the Legal Profession, Published, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
  • Strathmoor's Who's Who, Professional of the Year, Legal Representation, Published, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
  • Strathmoor's Who's Who, Lifetime Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Pro Bono Award
  • Jefferson County Public Schools, Champion for Children
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • *Published, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers List, 2022-2024

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Denny Crum Scholarship Foundation, Board of Directors, 2008
  • American Cancer Society, Trustee Committee, 2007 to 2008
  • Metro United Way (Loaned Executive Program)
  • YMCA's Project Safe Place
  • Greater Louisville Sports Commission, 2008
  • Trinity High School (Board of Ambassadors)