David R. Deatrick, Jr., is one of the senior partners at Deatrick and Spies. David is the primary litigator for the firm in both Kentucky and Federal Courts. His practice includes complex collection litigation, defense of consumer litigation, including Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act, claims against clients, defense of product liability claims, maritime claims, and other civil litigation. David is admitted to the Kentucky Bar Association, Louisville Bar Association, United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. In addition to his duties as a litigator, David manages the litigation, subrogation, legal research, and consumer law compliance for Deatrick and Spies. Along with his experience in general litigation, David has also practiced in the field of admiralty law.
David is a 1980 graduate of Georgetown College and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 1983. He was admitted to practice in 1983 and was a prosecutor with the Commonwealth’s Attorney office early in his career. Thereafter, he was hired as a litigator by the firm of Morgan & Pottinger. In this role, David litigated contested collection matters as well as other more complex litigation and appeared in nearly one hundred of Kentucky’s 120 counties. In 1993, David left Morgan and Pottinger to become a solo practitioner, and the following year, the firm of Deatrick and Spies, PSC, was formed in 1994. During his time as a solo practitioner and in the early years of Deatrick and Spies, David also served as City Attorney for several small municipalities.
David was also employed at the University of Louisville, Department of Paralegal Studies, as an Adjunct Professor for more than twenty-five years. His courses taught included a two-semester class in Legal Research and Writing, Torts, Civil Litigation, Contracts, and the Uniform Commercial Code. During his tenure at the University of Louisville, David was nominated and honored by vote of the students as a “Facility Favorite.” David retired from teaching at the University in 2014.
Outside of his legal practice, David is an avid sportsman and student of American history. After attending law school, he attended classes at the University of Louisville in American history with the intention of obtaining advanced degrees in this field. However, the demands of the practice of law and being hired by the University of Louisville as an Adjunct Professor, curtailed this ambition. David frequently lectures on topics associated with American History to civil groups and history oriented originations.