Robert F. Duncan

Phone: (859) 288-2827 | Fax: (859) 288-2849 | Email:
175 East Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507

Robert F. Duncan is the Managing Member of the Firm’s Lexington, Kentucky, office.  He practices in the Firm's Litigation Practice Group.  Mr. Duncan's practice involves a wide variety of civil litigation with concentration on matters pertaining to the defense of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers in medical professional liability actions, matters involving complex insurance issues and insurance bad faith, products liability and construction.  He also regularly serves as a mediator in civil litigation matters.

Mr. Duncan is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and all state and federal courts within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  He is a member of the Kentucky and Fayette County Bar Associations and the Kentucky Defense Council (former member of the Board of Directors).  Mr. Duncan is a frequent author and lecturer on topics pertaining to medical professional liability and insurance.

In 1980, Mr. Duncan received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, with high distinction, from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering.  He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1983.  After graduation, he was an adjunct professor at the College of Law for two years.  He has also served two terms as an elected council member on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council and has served as an administrative law judge for the Cabinet for Health and Human Resources.

Legal Experience
1995 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
1995Hensinger & Duncan, Partner
1994Clark, Ward, & Cave, Partner
1983J.D.University of Kentucky College of Law
1980B.S.University of Kentucky (Civil Engineering)
Bar Admissions
1983 Kentucky
Court Admissions
1992U.S. Supreme Court
1987U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
1987U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
1984U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

Professional Involvement:
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2016
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association


  • Lexington-Fayette Urban Council; Council Member 1988-1992
  • Reynolds Property Small Area Plan Committee; Chairman
  • First United Methodist Church, Member
  • Baptist Health Foundation; Board Member, 1995-present

Writings and Publications:
  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Legal writing and research, 1986-1987

Awards and Honors:
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2017 Lexington Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Lexington Litigation - Construction "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in the Litigation Section of 2013 Super Lawyers® Business Edition for Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
  • Named in the 2013-2014 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers® for Personal Injury Medical Malpractice:  Defense
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Lexington Product Liability Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers® Magazine, 2009-2018
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2005-2018
  • Named in the 2012 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers®
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