Jill F. Endicott

Biography

Jill focuses her practice on commercial litigation and business dispute resolution. She represents insurance companies, banks, product manufacturers, healthcare providers and corporations of all sizes in cases involving claims of breach of contract, shareholder and business separation disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, statutory and regulatory violations, lender liability, fraud, product liability, environmental claims and toxic torts, consumer protection class actions and multidistrict litigation, and insurance coverage and bad faith disputes. Currently, Jill serves as liaison counsel to Skechers, Inc. in multidistrict litigation pending in Kentucky, where the firm is lead counsel for the defense.

She successfully represented the Kentucky Commissioner of Insurance in his capacity as Liquidator of Kentucky Central Life Insurance (KCL) to secure reversal of a trial court’s order imposing $1 million in discovery sanctions and denying enforceability of over $100 million in personal guaranties. Thereafter, Jill served as lead counsel to the Liquidator of KCL in high-profile litigation against the Bank of Louisville, recovering a settlement of $27 million, and in the $100 million Webb dispute, one of the largest continuous lawsuits of that statutory insolvency.

Jill has substantial appellate experience and has litigated appeals before every appellate court in Kentucky, resulting in precedent-setting decisions in cases involving anti-trust laws, statutory dismissals, insurance law, product liability and the UCC.

In 2008, Jill served as a special justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court by appointment of the governor of Kentucky.

Education

  • George Washington University Law School  (J.D., with honors, 1992)
  • University of Pennsylvania  (B.A., 1989)

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

Affiliations/Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • ALFA International Insurance Practice Group 
    • Chair Emeritus (2011 - 2013) 
    • Chair (2009 - 2011) 
    • Vice chair (2005 - 2009) 
    • Program chair (2005 - 2006) 
    • Steering Committee (2002 - 2015)
  • Defense Research Institute, Insurance and Commercial Litigation committees
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) International (2006 - 2011)
    • Board of Directors 
    • Gala Committee 
    • Corporate fundraising chair
    • Gala Honorary chair, Kentuckiana Chapter (2009)
  • George Washington University Law School, Kentucky Alumni Committee
  • University of Pennsylvania, Kentucky Alumni Committee
  • Kentucky Country Day Parents’ Association
  • Louisville Legal Aid Society, Landlord/Tenant Project, former pro bono counsel

Distinctions

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers©
    • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Louisville for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants (2018)
  • Top Lawyers featured in Louisville Magazine (2011)
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®
  • AM Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys
  • Special Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court by appointment of Kentucky governor (June 2008)
  • Profiled in Business First (July 28, 2006)
  • Judicial Clerkship, New Mexico Supreme Court (1992 - 1994)