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William R. Garmer - Lexington, KY

141 N Broadway Lexington, KY 40507

Updated: 03/22/2020

Lexington Personal Injury -- Plaintiff Lawyer

About William R. Garmer

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Member


Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky

Other Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, 1994 - Present (Member)
  • American Association for Justice (Member)
  • American Association for Justice, 1998 - 2010 (Board of Governors)
  • American Association for Justice (Past Chair)
  • Kentucky Bar Association, 2017 - 2018 (President)
  • Kentucky Bar Association, 2016 - 2017 (President Elect)
  • Kentucky Bar Association, 2011 - Present (Member, Board of Governors)
  • Kentucky Bar Association, 2015 - 2016 (Vice President)
  • Kentucky Justice Association (Past President)
  • Kentucky Justice Association (Board of Governors)
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (Member)
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Kentucky Democratic Party, 2004 (Chairman)
  • Federal Bar Association (Member)
  • Kentucky Justice Association (Vice President)
  • Kentucky Justice Association (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • American Association for Justice (Vice Chair of the Council of State Presidents)


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, 1975
    Honors: Visiting Committee, Member
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1968

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Sigma Chi

Past Positions

  • Chief Judge Bernard T. Moynahan, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Law Clerk, 1975 - 1977
  • United States Air force, Staff Sergeant, 1969 - 1973
  • Hon. B.T. Moynahan, Jr., Law Clerk

Pro Bono Activities

  • University of Kentucky College of Law Alumni Association, Board Member
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation
  • Melvin Belli Society
  • Opportunity Workshop in Lexington, Board Member
  • Diaconate, Deacon
  • Diaconate, Moderator
  • First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, Kentucky, Elder
  • Second Presbyterian Church, Member
  • Kentucky Democratic Party, Chairman, 2004 - Present
  • Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Member, Board of Governors
  • Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Member

Classes and Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Litigation Skills, University of Kentucky, 1981 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Healthcare Law, University of Kentucky, 2003 - Present
  • Guest Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education Programs



  • Top 10 Kentucky lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2019 - 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1987 - Present
  • Who's Who in American Law, 1991 - Present
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Named to Kentucky Super Lawyers, 2007 - Present
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Inducted, U.K. College of Law Hall of Fame
  • Recipient, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys' Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, 1998
  • University of Kentucky College of Law Hall of Fame, 2014 - Present
  • Top 50 Kentucky Lawyers, Super Lawyers


Office Information


141 N Broadway Lexington, KY 40507



  • Design Defect Cases in Kentucky
  • Fayette County Bar News, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1980
  • Post Sales Duties/Continuing Duty to Warn
  • Fayette County Bar News, July-August, 1994
  • Monograph on Medical Malpractice, University of Kentucky College of Law, 1991

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