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Jay R. Vaughn

Louisville, kentucky

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Biography Overview

Jay Vaughn was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He received his undergraduate degree from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky in 1999. Mr. Vaughn graduated from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 2002. He is licensed to practice in both Kentucky and Ohio.

Mr. Vaughn joined Morgan & Morgan in July 2014 and is the managing partner of the firm’s Louisville office. Before joining the firm, he worked at two well-known and respected personal injury law firms, where he was a partner at both firms. Mr. Vaughn has received Martindale-Hubbell’s esteemed “AV” rating, which recognizes lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability. Since 2013, he has been named to the Kentucky Super Lawyers, which recognizes no more than 5% of attorneys in Kentucky. Mr. Vaughn has tried numerous cases ranging from automobile collision cases to multi-week nursing home neglect cases. He is asked to speak both locally and nationally to other lawyers on a variety of legal topics as he is very active in Kentucky Justice Association and American Association for Justice, serving on the Board for both trial organizations. Mr. Vaughn focuses his practice on personal injury, automobile and large truck collisions, wrongful death and nursing home neglect cases.


Practice Areas

  • Car Accidents
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Personal Injury
  • Truck Accidents
  • Wrongful Death

Education:

  • Murray State University, 1999
  • Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2002

Professional Activities:

  • American Association for Justice, 1999 - Present
    • Board of Governors, 2014 - Present
    • Co-Chair, Distracted Driving Litigation Group, 2016 - 2017
    • Co-Chair, Toning Shoe Litigation Group, 2011 - 2012
    • Exchange Advisory Committee, 2014 - 2017
    • Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
    • Nursing Home Litigation Group,
      • Chair, 2017 – 2018
      • Chair-Elect, 2016 – 2017
      • Vice Chair, 2015 – 2016
      • Secretary, 2014 – 2015
      • Treasurer, 2013 – 2014
    • Section & Litigation Group Coordination Committee, 2014 – 2017
    • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, 2002 – 2011
  • Kentucky Bar Association, 2003 - Present
  • Kentucky Justice Association, 1997 - Present
    • Automobile Seminar Chair, 2011
    • Amicus Curiae Committee, 2012 - Present
    • Board of Governors, 2003 - Present
    • Destin Seminar Co-Chair, 2014
    • District Vice President, 6th District, 2013 - Present
    • Nursing Home Seminar Chair, 2012 & 2013
    • Seminar Chair, 2012, 2014 - 2017
    • Subrogation Seminar Co-Chair, 2012
    • Traveling Auto Seminar Chair, 2014
    • Trial Seminar Chair, 2015
    • Trucking Seminar Chair, 2017
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association, 2003 - Present
    • Board of Governors, 2005 - 2007
  • Ohio Association for Justice, 2011 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, 2002 – 2011
  • Public Justice, 2011 - Present
  • Salmon P. Chase American Inns of Court, 2002 – 2007, 2012 – 2013
  • Salmon P. Chase College of Law
    • Adjunct Professor: National Trial Advocacy Team, 2003 – 2006
    • Adjunct Professor: Trial Advocacy Class, 2008
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association, 2014 - Present

Admitted to Practice:

  • Ohio State Courts, 2002
  • Kentucky State Courts, 2003
  • Eastern District of Kentucky Federal Court, 2003
  • Western District of Kentucky Federal Court, 2003
  • Southern District of Ohio Federal Court, 2004
  • 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2009
  • Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, 2011

Awards & Honors:

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers, 2013 - Present
  • Kentucky Justice Association Award of Appreciation, Outstanding Board Member - 2007

Published Articles:

  • Suddenly It’s No Longer the Defendant’s Fault (KATA, The Advocate, Mar/Apr 2004)
  • Who Should Get the Benefit: The Injured Victim or the Tortfeasor? (KATA, The Advocate, Sept/Oct 2004)
  • Procedures for Obtaining Kentucky State Police Records (KATA, The Advocate, Mar/Apr 2005)
  • Update on Coots v. Allstate & KRS 411.188(2) (KATA, The Advocate, May/June 2005)
  • Using Demonstrative Evidence: Vehicular Collision Issues (KATA, The Advocate, Sept/Oct 2005; Co-authored with Tim Maher, Wolf Technical Services)
  • Multiple Cars, Multiple UM & UIM Policies (KATA, The Advocate, Nov/Dec 2005)
  • Amicus Curiae Committee Update (KATA, The Advocate, Mar/Apr 2006)
  • Major Differences Between Ohio & Kentucky Law (KATA, The Advocate, Nov/Dec 2006)
  • You Can’t Buy Insurance for Damage Caused by a “Phantom” (KATA, The Advocate, Mar/Apr 2007)
  • The “Threshold” Battle : Using the Defense Doctor to Your Advantage (KJA, The Advocate, Jan/Feb 2008)
  • Answers to Common PIP Questions (KJA, The Advocate, May/June 2008)
  • Attorneys Busald and Vaughn: Sensible thoughts on success (The Medical-Legal News, July/August 2009)
  • Warning – Beware of a Potential UIM Trap – Proceed With Caution (KJA, The Advocate, May/June 2009)
  • Are You Driving on Thin Ice? ‘Full Coverage’ Might Not Be What You Think It Is (KJA, The Advocate, November/December 2009; NKBA, Lex Loci, December 2009; The Village Breeze, December 2009)
  • Something You May Not Know About Medical Bills At Trial (The Village Breeze, April 2010)
  • My Lawyer Isn’t Working On My Injury Case (The Village Breeze, October 2010)
  • How To Choose The Right Nursing Home For Your Loved One (The Village Breeze, Febrary 2011)
  • Please Sign Here, Here, Here and Here…(and your right to Trial By Jury just went bye-bye!!) (KJA, The Advocate, January/February 2012)
  • Settlement Releases – You Better Know What Your Client is Signing (KJA, The Advocate, March/April 2015)
  • Using Animations at Trial (AAJ, Trial Magazine, December 2015)

Presentations:

  • Getting Started: How to Prepare for a Career in the Courtroom (KATA, Seminar for Chase Law Students, 2003)
  • Proving Damages in Automobile Cases (Salmon P. Chase Inn of Court, 4/20/05)
  • The Subrogation User Guide (KATA, Overcoming Obstacles in Settlements: The Subrogation Seminar, 6/17/05 & 6/24/05)
  • Medicare Recovery in Personal Injury Claims (KBA, Kentucky Law Update, 9/9/05)
  • Getting Started: Young Lawyers’ Survival Tips (KBA, New Lawyer’s Program, 10/25/05)
  • Litigating an Auto Case (NKBA, Young Lawyer’s Potpourri of Last Minute CLE, 11/18/05)
  • Medicaid Liens (KATA, Subrogation Strategies – Protecting You and Your Client, 4/21/06 & 4/28/06)
  • Update on Kentucky Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law: Everything You Should Know (KBA, Kentucky Law Update, 9/28/06)
  • Courtroom Etiquette (Salmon P. Chase College of Law, 2/12/07)
  • Litigating a Personal Injury Case: Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives (KBA, New Lawyers Program, 4/5/07)
  • Military Subrogation (KATA Subrogation Seminar, 4/27/07 & 5/11/07)
  • Kentucky Uninsured, Underinsured & PIP Issues (NKBA, Free CLE Day, 5/25/07)
  • Flip This Case – How to Prepare & Settle Quickly (KJA Car Wreck Cases Seminar, 4/25/08 & 5/9/08)
  • Civil Procedure and Personal Injury (Chase Alumni Association, A View From Across the River: Nuances Between Kentucky and Ohio Practice, 10/10/08)
  • Flip This Case – How to Prepare & Settle Quickly (NKBA Tort & Insurance Seminar, 10/24/08)
  • Prosecuting and Defending an Auto Accident Case (KBA, 2009 New Lawyer’s Program, 1/16/09)
  • Prosecuting and Defending an Auto Accident Case (KBA, 2010 New Lawyer’s Program, 1/13/10)
  • UM/UIM Issues: Now You See Me, Now You Don’t – Issues and Strategies Surrounding Your Client’s Insurer (KJA Auto Litigation Seminar, 6/4/10 & 6/16/10)
  • Prosecuting and Defending an Auto Accident Case (KBA, 2011 New Lawyer’s Program, 1/26/11)
  • What’s the Definition of “Is?” : Ethical Considerations & Implications When Settling Your Client’s Injury Claim (KJA Auto Litigation Seminar, 5/20/11 & 5/25/11)
  • Effective Mediation Techniques : Plaintiff’s Perspective (KBA 2011 Annual Convention, 6/16/11)
  • Learning the Ins and Outs of Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage in Kentucky (KBA 2011 Law Update, 9/2/11)
  • Automobile Accident Litigation Basics (KBA Young Lawyers CLE Seminar, 10/28/11)
  • Prosecuting and Defending an Auto Accident Case (KBA 2012 New Lawyer’s Program, 1/25/12)
  • Rules in Nursing Home Cases (New Jersey Association for Justice, Annual Boardwalk Seminar, 4/27/12)
  • Rules in Nursing Home Cases (KJA Nursing Home Seminar, 5/1/12)
  • Prosecuting and Defending an Auto Accident Case (KBA 2013 New Lawyer’s Program, 2/13/13)
  • Rules in Nursing Home Cases (SeminarWeb, 3/28/13)
  • Nursing Home Jury Instructions (Southwest Ohio Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Spring Seminar, 4/18/13)
  • Ethical Considerations in Nursing Home Cases (KJA Nursing Home Seminar, 5/31/13)
  • Ethical Considerations & Implications When Settling Your Client’s Injury Claim (KJA Auto Litigation Seminar, 6/7/13 & 6/14/13)
  • Ethical Considerations When Handling a Tractor Trailer Case (KJA Litigating Truck Cases, 6/28/13)
  • Right Trial, Wrong Verdict (AAJ Nursing Home Seminar, 11/15/13)
  • Prosecuting and Defending an Auto Accident Case (KBA 2014 New Lawyer’s Program, 1/24/14)
  • Developing Nursing Home Rules to Frame Your Case (SeminarWeb, 1/30/14)
  • Ethical Considerations in Mediation & Settlement (KJA Successful Strategies at Mediation, 5/16/14)
  • How to Work Up & Settle a Car Wreck Case (KJA Day in the Life of a Car Wreck Lawyer, 6/10/14, 6/17/14 & 6/24/14)
  • An Overview of Uninsured & Underinsured (KJA Day in the Life of a Car Wreck Lawyer, 6/10/14, 6/17/14 & 6/24/14)
  • Car Wreck Workshop (KJA Day in the Life of a Car Wreck Lawyer, 6/10/14, 6/17/14 & 6/24/14)
  • Ethical Considerations When Settling a Car Wreck Case (KJA Day in the Life of a Car Wreck Lawyer, 6/10/14, 6/17/14 & 6/24/14)
  • Effective iVoir Dire (KBA Annual Convention, 6/19/14)
  • Nursing Home Resident Falls (AAJ Annual Convention, 7/29/14)
  • Prosecuting and Defending an Auto Accident Case (KBA 2015 New Lawyer’s Program, 1/29/15)
  • The Devil’s in the Details: Pitfalls in Negotiations and Releases (KJA Demands, Negotiations and Bad Faith, 5/8/15)
  • iVoir Dire (KJA The iPad in Practice: All You Need to Know to Get from the iPad Box to the Jury Box, 5/12/15)
  • Using iJuror at Trial (SeminarWeb, 7/22/15)
  • Developing Rules to Help Shape Liability (Morgan & Morgan Personal Injury Seminar, 1/7/16)
  • Learning From Our Mistakes (New Jersey Association for Justice, Annual Boardwalk Seminar, 4/7/16)
  • Developing Nursing Home Rules to Frame Your Case (SeminarWeb, 6/13/16)
  • Big Firm Lessons for the Small Firm (AAJ Annual Convention, 7/22/16)
  • How to Listen to Your Focus Group (NJAJ Meadowlands Seminar, 11/18/16)
  • Defense’s Disconnect Between a PI Plaintiff and Real Life (NJAJ Meadowlands Seminar, 11/18/16)
  • How to Handle a Personal Injury Case (KBA 2017 New Lawyer’s Program, 1/19/17)
  • Depositions for Specific Injuries: Fall Cases (AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Group, Deposition College, 3/30/17)
  • Dealing with Defenses – Example for Resident Refusals (AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Group, Deposition College, 3/30/17)
  • Preparing for your 1st Trial: Calm Down….And Don’t Wet Your Pants (OAJ Annual Convention, New Lawyers Program, 5/4/17)
  • iPad Tools for Efficiency (KJA Technology & Social Media Seminar, 5/23/17)
  • Identifying the Proper Parties in a Trucking Case (KJA Trucking Seminar, 6/9/17)
  • Distracted Driving: Litigation, Professional and Personal Considerations (KJA Auto Seminar, 6/16/17)