Bill Garmer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Lexington, KY

Garmer & Prather, PLLC
 | 141 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40507-1230
Phone: 859-254-9351
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%)


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Attorney Profile

At plaintiffs' personal injury firm Garmer & Prather, PLLC, in Lexington, Kentucky, William R. Garmer lends his nearly four decades of experience to diligently pursuing justice for injured individuals and their families throughout the state. Mr. Garmer takes on cases spanning the gamut of personal injury, from medical malpractice and mining accidents to aviation accidents and products liability. During the course of his career, he has helped establish legal precedents in Kentucky in addition to securing millions in awards and settlements for his clients.

In one such landmark case before the Kentucky Supreme Court in 1984, Mr. Garmer represented a plaintiff originally denied compensation following a DUI-related crash in which she was a passenger and successfully argued to a reversal through appeal; the ruling resulted in the state's adoption of the comparative system. In another case, his successful argument before the Kentucky Court of Appeals led to a ruling that hospitals can be held liable for neglecting to adhere to their own policies. In a nursing home abuse case, he secured an $8 million jury verdict for the victim's family.

In addition to all Kentucky state courts, Mr. Garmer practices before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 6th and 11th Circuits; and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the distinguished Melvin M. Belli Society, the American Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.

Mr. Garmer earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky in 1968 and his Juris Doctor from the same university's College of Law in 1975. In addition to his law practice, he has variously served as a staff sergeant in the Air Force, a deacon and an adjunct professor at his alma mater.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (40%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (30%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Personal Injury - Products (30%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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About Bill Garmer

Admitted: 1975, Kentucky

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Honors and Awards:

  • Sigma Chi
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys' Trial Lawyer of the Year Award
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • "Who's Who in American Law", 1991 - Present
  • "The Best Lawyers in America", 1987 - Present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Immediate Past President of Kentucky Bar Association , 2018
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Kentucky
  • Melvin Belli Society
  • Board Member, University of Kentucky College of Law Alumni Association
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Board of Governors, Kentucky Justice Association
  • President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, Kentucky Justice Association
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation
  • Member, Board of Governors, Kentucky Bar Association, 2011 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors, American Association for Justice
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, University of Kentucky College of Law, Visiting Committee

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Board of Governors, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
  • Chairman, Kentucky Democratic Party, 2004
  • Board Member, Opportunity Workshop in Lexington
  • Elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, Kentucky

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Guest Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education Programs
  • Adjunct Professor, Healthcare Law, University of Kentucky, 2003 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Litigation Skills, University of Kentucky, 1981 - Present
  • Design Defect Cases in Kentucky
  • Monograph on Medical Malpractice, University of Kentucky College of Law, 1991
  • Post Sales Duties/Continuing Duty to Warn

Representative Clients:

  • Williams v. St. Claire Medical Center, 657 S.W.2d 590, Ky.App. 1983
  • Hilen v. Hays, 673 S.W.2d 713, Ky. 1984

Educational Background:

  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, B.A., 1968
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Office Location for Bill Garmer

141 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40507-1230

Phone: 859-254-9351


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Last Updated: 7/16/2018

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