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Super Lawyers Tia Combs 2016

TIA J. COMBS

ASSOCIATE


AREAS OF PRACTICE

Ms. Combs’ primary areas of practice are school law and insurance litigation, including insurance defense, coverage disputes, fraud investigation, and bad faith litigation. She has considerable experience representing school boards throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky in matters ranging from employment and personnel conflicts to student disciplinary matters and civil rights to contract negotiation and drafting. In her role as board attorney, Tia provides essential guidance to school districts, administrators and staff on the legal issues that arise on a daily basis, and she regularly attends school board meetings to offer advice on agenda items and to ensure compliance with open meetings laws.  She is well-versed in the unique legal landscape which Kentucky schools must navigate, and she is extremely responsive to the often time-sensitive needs of school districts.

In addition to her service as a school board attorney, Tia has litigated cases in the defense of school boards, administrators, and teachers. She has also served as counsel defending individuals and companies, large and small, against civil claims.  Tia is an unwavering and skilled advocate for her clients, and she has successfully resolved cases through out-of-court settlements, alternative dispute resolution and trial.


PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
  • Kentucky Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Section
  • Fayette County Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Section
    • Women’s Law Section
  • National School Boards Association Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Kentucky Council of School Board Attorneys
  • National School Boards’ Association Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • Chair, Governmental Liability Committee Group on Education Specialized Litigation
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel
    • Young Lawyers Committee
      • Publications Chair (2016)
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass, Instructor
  • Carnegie Center, Reading Tutor
  • Kentucky Fire School, Volunteer
  • University of Kentucky College of Law Trial Advocacy Board, Judge
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church, Member
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Named Kentucky Defense Counsel’s “Young Lawyer of the Year” (2017)
  • Named a “Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Star” (2015-2017)
PRESENTATIONS
  • “Kentucky Law Update: Slip and Fall and Dog Bite Claims” – Bluegrass Claims Association (2016)
  • “FERPA and Student Records Confidentiality,” Anderson County Public Schools, Administrative Staff (2016)
  • “FERPA and Student Records Confidentiality,” Berea Independent Schools, Classified Staff (2015)
PUBLICATIONS
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Kentucky Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
EDUCATION
  • J.D., 2011, University of Kentucky College of Law
    • cum laude
    • Whiteside Scholar
    • Kentucky Law Journal
    • National Bankruptcy Moot Court
  • B.A., A.A., 2008, Thomas More College
    • summa cum laude
    • James Graham Brown Honors Scholar
    • Theta Phi Alpha Sorority, Vice President