Ward, Hocker & Thornton, PLLC

* Gene F. Zipperle, Jr.

Office Phone: 502.583.7012
Cell Phone: 502.727.9972
Email: gzipperle@whtlaw.com
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Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Auto / Fleet
  • Construction Liability
  • Coverage
  • Employer Liability
  • Environmental / Toxic Tort
  • General Liability
  • Premises / Dram Shop
  • Product Liability
  • Property
  • Trucking / Transportation
Gene F. Zipperle Jr., began his litigation career in 1988. He has been licensed in Kentucky since 1988 and Indiana since 1989. Gene has litigated in the state and federal courts of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and federal court in Florida and North Carolina. His current practice focuses on all aspects of fidelity and surety law, transportation litigation, and insurance coverage litigation. Gene routinely speaks at conferences and practice seminars. He has published several articles in the Defense Research Institute publication “For the Defense”, as well as numerous trade publications on a variety of subjects. Gene is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, Defense Research Institute Fidelity and Surety and Trucking Committees, Eastern Bond Claims Review, National Bond Claims Association, Transportation Lawyers Association Executive Committee, and other similar trade organizations.

Martindale Rating

AV® Preeminent™


  • J.D., University of Louisville, 1988
  • M.S., Microbiology, University of Louisville, 1984
  • B.S., University of Louisville, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2005
  • Middle District of Florida, 2005
  • Middle District of North Carolina, 2003
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1996
  • Indiana, 1989
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 1989
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 1989
  • Northern District Indiana, 1989
  • Southern District Indiana, 1989
  • Kentucky, 1988

Awards And Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rating
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2013-2018

Personal/Civil Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance


  • Automobile Litigation
  • Insurance Defense and Coverage
  • Surety and Fidelity
  • Trucking, Transportation and Freight
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