Beginning in 1981 Vic practiced with Brown, Todd & Heyburn (now Frost Brown Todd, LLC). In his first three years, he handled hundreds of depositions. He settled one jury trial after jury selection, and successfully tried (solo) a personal injury case seeking more than a million dollars in damages to a defense jury verdict. As well, during that early period he argued multiple cases before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and one case before the Kentucky Supreme Court.
In 1984, Vic took a position as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. In that position he handled commercial trials and injunctions in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, while conducting discovery nationwide and negotiating and mediating settlements in dozens of cases for the federal government. As well, he argued many cases before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, including one day when he argued four cases before that court.
Later, Vic served as Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Mitch McConnell, where he was responsible for the entire range of legal issues to come before the Committee, including antitrust, RICO, civil justice reform, product liability reform, and many others, as well as all judicial and Justice Department nominations.
After returning to Louisville, Vic rejoined his former firm, becoming a partner in 1988. From then until 1995 he was actively engaged in a wide-variety of complex litigation. He was principally responsible for matters involving securities fraud, product liability litigation, claims against major banks, trade secrets claims, and engineering liability. As plaintiff’s counsel in federal court, he successfully tried to jury verdict a claim involving defamation and fraud. As counsel for a local family, following a trial in state court, he convinced a jury to invalidate a decedent’s last will based on undue influence. He was an integral part of the defense of a construction defect claim in multi-district litigation in Philadelphia. He was a key member of the firm’s defense of a major manufacturer on serious product liability cases nationwide. He was responsible for the prosecution of a class action seeking to enjoin the escrow to maturity of a series of revenue bonds issued by an Indiana city-county government, which he argued before the Indiana Supreme Court.
For more than two years while at his former firm, Vic was a key member of the firm’s defense of a group of 26 major manufacturers involved in MDL-721, In Re: San Juan Dupont Plaza Hotel Fire Litigation. The case involved discovery across the country and was eventually tried in two phases before separate juries in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. During Phase 1, Vic served as co-lead trial counsel for a group of third party plaintiffs seeking to pierce the corporate veil of the hotel ownership. Phase 1 was tried to a jury for over 10 weeks. During Phase 2, Vic served as co-lead trial counsel for the firm’s product liability defendants. As well, on behalf of the entire defense group, he was responsible for the toxicology and pathology defense. Phase 2 was tried to a jury over some 16 months, and during this time Vic was in trial in the courtroom on a daily basis.
In 1995, Vic co-founded the firm known today as Fultz Maddox Dickens PLC. Since then, he has successfully tried to verdict cases alleging fraud against national banks, cases alleging antitrust violations, fraud and promissory estoppel against a major international manufacturing and marketing enterprise, and cases by a major automobile financing business seeking to recover millions in damages for breach of contract. He has successfully defended in arbitration a claim against a Fortune 100 company seeking more than $25 million for alleged fraud in the sale of a business unit. He has successfully prosecuted in arbitration claims for fraud in the sale of real estate. He regularly represents clients involved in business disputes in which shareholders are in conflict and in which injunctive relief is sought. He has successfully defeated in federal court a claim brought by a Fortune 500 business seeking to enjoin his client from operating on the grounds that it had misappropriated confidential business information and trade secrets. His clients have included small businesses wrongfully sued for fraud, investigative reporters wrongfully denied access to public records, Fortune 100 companies sued by international distributors, estates alleging wrongful death due to negligence in the trucking industry, and real estate developers wrongfully denied access to the utility grid, among many others.
In the constitutional field, following each of the last three decennial redistricting processes, Vic has represented plaintiffs seeking to vindicate the constitutional rights of elected officials and Kentucky citizens. In 2002 he successfully obtained an injunction against the statutory filing deadline, forcing the Kentucky legislature and governor to enact a new plan and effectively resolving the dispute. In 2014, he helped obtain a ruling from the Kentucky Supreme Court declaring the redistricting legislation unconstitutional.
Vic has served as a Special Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court pursuant to an appointment by the Governor. He continues to represent individuals and businesses who need outstanding legal representation involving constitutional, administrative, commercial, business, and personal injury law.
Ohio University (B.B.A., 1978), summa cum laude; Indiana University Maurer School of Law (J.D., 1981), cum laude
Kentucky; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Federal, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits; United States Court of Federal Claims; United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Kentucky; United States District Court of the Southern District of Indiana
Kentucky Bar Association; Republican National Lawyers Association; Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy
Professional Accolades: Martindale-Hubbard, AV rated Best Lawyers in America, Litigation, 2009 – present;
Super Lawyers, Litigation. Litigation, 2013 – present; Chambers and Partners USA, General Commercial Litigation, 2008 – present; Recognized in Best Lawyers® (Commercial Litigation) 2019.
Community Involvement: Presidential appointment with Senate confirmation to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation, a Washington, D.C. based 501(c)(3) corporation funded by Congress which makes grants to and oversees the performance of 135 legal aid organizations around the country that provide free legal services to low income individuals (2010 – present).
Gubernatorial appointment to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance (1994 -1995).