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David Tachau


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David’s litigation practice has included trial court and appellate cases, and arbitration matters, representing individual and corporate plaintiffs and defendants from small towns in Kentucky to federal courtrooms in New York, Chicago, Indianapolis and Jacksonville. In recent years, David’s practice has been concentrated in general commercial litigation, trust and estate litigation, employment-related disputes, insurance and healthcare disputes, and public advocacy and constitutional litigation. David has been retained by numerous other attorneys in professional practice matters, and has been engaged as an expert witness in multiple attorneys’ fee matters. David has consistently been included in recent editions of The Best Lawyers in America and Kentucky Super Lawyers.


AV® Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell®

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2008-2017

The Best Lawyers in America®, 2007-2018  

2015 Kentucky Super Lawyers® "The Top 50"

Best Lawyers® 2015 Louisville Litigation – Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year”

Best Lawyers® 2014 Louisville Litigation – Trust & Estates “Lawyer of the Year”

Best Lawyers® 2013 Louisville Litigation – Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” 



David received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College (A.B., magna cum laude, 1978), and his law school degree from the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1982).

Court Admissions

David is admitted to the Kentucky bar (1982), and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and the Southern District of Indiana.

Work Highlights

In recent years, David’s practice has been concentrated in general commercial litigation, trust and estate litigation, employment-related disputes, insurance and healthcare disputes, and public advocacy and constitutional litigation. David has been retained by other attorneys as an expert witness in multiple attorneys’ fee matters, and he has consistently been included in recent editions of The Best Lawyers in America and Kentucky Super Lawyers.

In general commercial matters, David has worked on a variety of contract, partnership and joint venture disputes, securities fraud and class action litigation, RICO claims, and financial institution disputes. In recent years, David has handled the prosecution and defense of business litigation matters involving dissolution of partnership agreements, diversion of corporate opportunities, interference with economic relations, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.

Significant matters in the last decade have included the successful recovery in 2011 of a substantial attorney’s fee for an attorney/client from her former co-counsel; the successful prosecution in 2010 of separate claims for a real estate mortgage broker’s commission and for unpaid therapy services owed to a healthcare provider; the successful defense in 2009–’10 of a $30 million contract dispute against the acquirer of healthcare properties; the enforcement in 2008 of a hedge fund manager’s non-compete agreement in New York arbitration proceedings; the successful enforcement in 2007 of partnership buy-out provisions in Atlanta arbitration proceedings; the dismissal of a shareholder derivative suit against a publicly-traded client, White v. Lunsford, 2006 WL 2787469 (Ky. App. 2006); the dismissal of a federal RICO and fraud class action lawsuit against a publicly-traded healthcare client, Pratt v. Ventas, Inc., 365 F.3d 514 (6th Cir. 2004); and a federal jury trial in Louisville resulting in a $28 million judgment for an insurance client in 2003.

In trust and estate matters, David has successfully represented corporate and individual fiduciaries defending their actions as executors and trustees, beneficiaries challenging trust administration practices, and individuals challenging or defending wills. Significant matters in the last decade have included defending the executor and trustee of multiple family estates and multimillion dollar trusts in extensive state court fiduciary litigation; successfully representing a successor trustee in two matters involving disgorgement of excessive fees assessed by the former corporate fiduciary; resolving claims against two trust company clients accused of negligence; representing an individual beneficiary challenging the administration of her prominent parent's estate; and serving as litigation counsel to a financial institution client administering a $30 million estate involving renunciation of spousal rights, sale of majority ownership of a closely-held business, settlement of federal litigation against the estate, pursuit of malpractice claims against former counsel, and defense of actions to remove the executor.

In employment-related disputes, David has represented a number of individuals and employers. David has recently prosecuted a state class action lawsuit for unpaid overtime; he litigated and obtained a $500,000 settlement in 2008 for a state government employee alleging violations of Kentucky's whistleblower statute; he acted as co-counsel in a federal court jury trial for a whistleblower who was awarded a $45 million judgment; and he successfully defended a Kentucky state agency and its Cabinet Secretary from a whistleblower’s claims pursued at three separate administrative and appellate levels. David has prosecuted claims of age, gender and racial discrimination, and he has defended discrimination claims. David has advised employees and employers concerning enforcement of noncompetition agreements, and litigated wrongful discharge allegations, claims for breach of employment contracts, and disability, civil rights and constitutional law claims. He has also prosecuted claims for breach of employment agreement in proceedings administered by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA).

In connection with insurance matters, David has represented individual and corporate policyholders, as well as insurance agencies and commercial insurers, in lawsuits involving insurance practices and disputed coverage, bad faith allegations, professional liability claims, interpretation of reinsurance treaties, and breach of contract claims. Significant recent matters have included successfully representing corporate and individual policyholders in three separate federal court declaratory judgment actions in 2012 and 2010 seeking to confirm commercial insurance coverage.

In the healthcare context, David has represented clients in matters ranging from working to establish a regional managed care organization; defending a statute permitting licensing of a heart surgery practice; advising a statewide nursing association; representing a claims-administration entity in connection with its contractual obligations; and defending commercial claims against the nation's largest provider of services for people with disabilities.

David has handled a variety of public interest and pro bono matters, including a successful First Amendment challenge to a Bar Association reprimand of a Kentucky attorney who had publicly criticized the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, Berry v. Schmitt, 688 F.3d 290 (6th Cir. 2012); a successful challenge to the constitutionality of state funding for a private religious college, University of the Cumberlands v. Pennybacker, 308 S.W.3d 668 (Ky. 2010); an Open Records Act challenge in 2011 on behalf of the Council on Developmental Disabilities against a state agency; and litigation successfully defending the gay rights Fairness Campaign in Louisville from allegations of an unlawful political boycott.

Community and Personal Activities

From 2002 until 2006, David served on the Kentucky Board of Education, where he was chairman of the Audit Committee and a committee overseeing the Kentucky Schools for the Blind and Deaf. David currently serves on the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, on the Board of Directors of Teach Kentucky (which recruits highly qualified college graduates to become employed as teachers in Kentucky), and on other community boards.

David is married and has two adult children.