Chauncey R. Hiestand

Chauncey R. Hiestand

Managing Partner
Head of the Trial & Litigation Departments

Chauncey Hiestand grew up in Crescent Hill, graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Psychology  and earned his J.D. from California Western School of Law.  He is head of the trial and litigation departments at W&H and is recognized and/or received: AV Preeminent Rated and honored with the Client Distinction Award and Client Champion Award (Platinum) by Martindale-Hubbell, rated by Super Lawyers, 10/10 Superb rated (Top Personal Injury Lawyer) by AVVO and a member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Advocates Forums (Life Member).


With a love for travel, Chauncey and his wife took their 2014 honeymoon around the world visiting California, Fiji, Australia, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Dubai to Washington. They have also explored Alaska, Dominican Republic, China, Hawaii, Italy, Bocas Del Toro and Costa Rica.


In the last three years, the Hiestands have been blessed with two beautiful daughters.


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego California, 2004 J.D.
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 2000 B.A. in Psychology

Other Notable Legal Recognitions & Honors

  • Attorneys You Should Know, Attorney At Law Magazine 2015
  • Elite Lawyers of America, Multi-Million Dollar Verdict or Settlement Achievement Award
  • Civil Litigation Lawyers of Distinction, Member
  • Premier 100 (Civil), American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys, Lifetime Achievement
  • Distinguished Justice Advocates, Top 1%

Recent Verdicts / Settlements

  • Followell v. House of Boom Kentucky, LLC, $824,999.00 (prayer for $825,000.00) verdict. Premises liability claim. $10,000.00 pre-closing offer. Compression fracture healed poorly. Proof of permanent pain for 28 year old.
  • Harding Estate v. Greiner Trucking, LLC, commercial wrongful death claim - $2,000,000.00 liability limits plus over $32,000.00 in additional benefits obtained ($300,000.00 pre-suit offer)
  • Hatler v. Harper Recycling, commercial liability and UIM claim, a military veteran suffered TBI when a semi struck her – $1,200,000.00 liability and UIM limits (zero pre-suit offer)
  • Sykes v. Baxters, dram shop claim, significant orthopedic and TBI injury - $1,000,000.00 liability limits (zero pre-suit offer)
  • Waits v. Johnson, government employee liability claim, an off-duty officer was speeding and t-boned Ms. Waits, orthopedic injuries – $780,000.00 (zero pre-suit offer)
  • Lechleiter v. SEA’s, commercial liability claim, company box truck struck client, resulting in a broken hip; disputed liability – $605,000.00 (zero pre-suit offer)
  • Graham v. Keymon Charters, commercial liability claim, during a snow storm, client was struck by a bus suffered TBI; defendant claimed sudden emergency – $625,000.00 (zero offer pre-suit)
  • Ellison v. Jones & Fleming County Little League Little League, assault and employer liability claim, president of local little league assaulted Ellison at a little league event – $238,000.00 (zero pre-suit offer)
  • Todd v. McDonalds, premises liability claim, orthopedic injury – $150,000.00 (zero pre-suit offer)
  • Joyner v. Direct General Insurance, one of the first Kentucky BRB suits / verdicts for a Plaintiff regarding unreasonable denial / delay of PIP payments

Community Service Recognitions/Honors

  • Key to the City Mayor Greg Fischer,
  • Community Leadership Award, Greg Fischer,
  • Community Service Award, Kentucky House of Representatives,
  • Colonel, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels,


  • Attorneys You Should Know, Attorney At Law Magazine 2015
  • PIP Benefits and the Denial of PIP Benefits, Kentucky Justice Association (KJA) 2011