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Chief Justice Minton Appoints Clark Johnson to Business Court Advisory Committee

On April 9, 2019, Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Minton appointed partner Clark Johnson to the newly-formed Business Court Docket Advisory Committee. Under the appointment order, Clark is one of ten lawyers across the state tasked with helping to implement a pilot project for specialized business courts in Kentucky. Given his quarter-century of business litigation experience, Clark is well-suited to share his insights with the Committee. Indeed, in addition to his nationwide practice in complex commercial matters in federal courts and arbitration tribunals, Clark has litigated cases in specialized business courts in Delaware, Illinois, and Nevada, among others.

The purpose of the pilot project is to create a docket dedicated to the expedited resolution of complex commercial litigation cases. The Supreme Court anticipates that creation of the docket will also inure to the benefit of other litigants, given that as of the date of its implementation all newly filed qualifying business cases will be assigned to the Business Court Docket alleviating the stress those complex cases would otherwise impose on the general civil dockets of the remaining Jefferson County Circuit Court judges. The Committee will be chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Lisabeth T. Hughes. The Committee is charged with making recommendations to the Supreme Court on all matters relating to the Business Court Docket including, but not limited to:

  1. Eligibility and jurisdictional scope;
  2. Procedural rules applicable to the Business Court Docket;
  3. Process for case assignment or transfer; and
  4. Additional filing fees, if any.

The Business Court Docket Advisory Committee is further charged with creating performance evaluation forms to be completed by the attorneys and litigants in the Business Court Docket for submission to the Administrative Office of the Courts, which will report the results of the evaluations to the Supreme Court. Clark looks forward to his service on the Committee.