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Carol Dan Browning

Carol Dan Browning

Carol Browning is an accomplished trial attorney who has tried more than 35 cases to jury verdict in multiple jurisdictions.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Her practice includes drug and medical device litigation, products liability and medical malpractice defense.  She also serves as counsel to physicians and hospitals.

Ms. Browning serves as national or state counsel for multiple drug, medical device and product manufacturers and is involved in multi-district litigation pending in various federal district courts and in coordinated litigation pending in state courts throughout Kentucky.  She has tried cases to verdict for pharmaceutical, medical device and product manufacturers in both federal and state court. In addition, she regularly defends companies in pharmaceutical pricing and other civil actions brought by states Attorneys General.

As a Member of the firm, based in its Louisville office, she has served on the firm's management committee and as practice group leader for the Torts & Insurance Practice Service Group.

Published Decisions

  • Hardy v. Medtronic, 41 F. Supp. 3d 571 (W.D., Ky. 2014)
  • Padgett v. Medtronic, 41 F. Supp. 3d 582 (W.D., Ky. 2014)
  • Ellington v. Fed. Home Loan Mortg. Corp., 13 F. Supp. 3d 723 (W.D. Ky. 2014)
  • Dillon v. Medtronic, 922 F. Supp. 2d 751 (E.D. Ky. 2014)
  • Younger v. Evergreen Group Ky., 363 S.W.3d 337 (2014)
  • Mahaney v. Novartis, 835 F. Supp. 2d 299 (W.D. Ky. 2011)
  • University Medical Center, Inc. v. Beglin, 375 S.W.3d 783 (2011)
  • 3M Co. v. Engle, Ky. 328 S.W.3d (2010)
  • Ferguson Aventis v. Surgidev, Ky., 950 S.W.2d 816 (1997)
  • Tate v. Pasteur, Inc., 444 F. Supp. 755 (E.D. Ky. 2006)
  • Niehoff v. Boeing Helicopters, 921 F. Supp. 1562 (W.D. Ky. 1996)
  • Tate v. Boeing Helicopters, 55 F.3d 1150 (6th Cir. 1995)
  • First Ky. Trust v. Christian, Ky. 849 S.W.2d 534 (1993)
  • Mitchell v. Hadl, Ky. 816 S.W.2d 183 (1991)
  • Clark v. Danek Medical, Inc., 642 F. Supp. 652 (W.D. Ky. 1999)
  • Blue v. Pursell, Ky. App. 793 S.W.2d 823 (1990)

What Clients Say

. . . skilled trial attorney . . . well known in the legal community and is able to work well with various plaintiff and defense attorneys.
- Best Lawyers client comment
Carol in extremely professional and knowledgeable.  She has very strong analytical skills, which enable her to quickly understand and articulate complex medical issues.
- Best Lawyers client comment

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

  • "International Association of Defense Counsel 40th Annual Trial Academy," Instructor, Stanford University, Palo, Alto, Calif., 2012
  • "Taught and lectured on skills courses," University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
  • "Fourteen Kentucky Practice Series: Trial Practice," Co-author
  • "Bringing a Product to Life in the Courtroom," ABA Section of Litigation, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2003
  • "Mock Trial of a Medical Malpractice Case," Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, Louisville, Ky., July 1998
  • "Recent Developments in Products, General Liability, and Consumer Law," Tort & Insurance Law Journal, Vol. 32:2, Winter 1997
  • "Use of Economists in the Evaluation and Presentation of Damages," Kentucky Law Update, Louisville, Kentucky, 1995
  • "Evaluating Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases from a Defense Perspective," Kentucky Academy of the Trial Attorneys, Louisville, Ky., August 1995

More Than Stites & Harbison

Ms. Browning began her professional career as a civil engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers based in Louisville, Kentucky. Ms. Browning is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Defense Research Institute, the International Association of Defense Counsel and Product Liability Advisory Council. She is active on committees within these organizations. She is also active in local charitable organizations. Ms. Browning and her husband, Winston, stay busy raising their four children. She is an aspiring equestrian and competes on her Morgan mare, Grace.

Professional Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation - Construction, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2007-19)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants  (2019)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for Litigation - Construction  (2017)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants  (2015)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants (2014)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2007-18)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 25 Women Lawyers in Kentucky (2007-18)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Attorneys in Kentucky (2013-15, 2018)

Benchmark: Litigation magazine, Litigation Star (2008, 2009, 2013-19)

Benchmark Litigation magazine, Top 250 Women in Litigation (2012)

Louisville Magazine "Top Lawyer" (2014, 2016)

Community Involvement

  • Louisville Ballet, Board of Directors

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