University of Louisville, J.D., 1997
Western Kentucky University, B.A., 1994
Rod Payne joined Boehl Stopher & Graves, LLP in 1999 and became a partner in 2004. Mr. Payne is currently a member of the firm Executive Committee. Mr. Payne focuses on civil trial work. He has handled tort and insurance matters for a variety of corporations and insurers with a special emphasis on defending railroads, including the defense of crossing accidents, train derailments and claims brought pursuant to the Federal Employer’s Liability Act. Mr. Payne has represented corporate and insurance clients in all federal courts in Kentucky and before Kentucky Appellate Courts.
Mr. Payne has tried 40 civil cases to verdict in state and federal courts throughout Kentucky. His trial experience includes the defense of FELA claims, products liability matters, legal malpractice actions and various negligence matters involving the defense of trucking businesses, fire loss claims, premises liability claims, toxic tort actions and class action defense.
Mr. Payne is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America under three separate categories including: Railroad Law, Personal Injury Litigation-Defense and Insurance Law. Mr. Payne is admitted to practice in all Kentucky state courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, as well as the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Professional Recognition and Memberships
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Member, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
The Best Lawyers in America-Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Railroad Law-2017-2022
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Kentucky Bar Association
Member, Louisville Bar Association
United States Marine Corps-1985-1989