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Linda Gosnell

Linda Gosnell
  • Lecturer
  • J.D. University of Kentucky Law School
  • Honors A.B. St. Louis University

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Linda A. Gosnell is a Kentucky native. She is a graduate of Saint Louis University Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa, where she majored in English. She graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law, Order of the Coif. She served on the Kentucky Law Journal. She initially practiced at Butler, Binion, Rice, Cook and Knapp in Houston, Texas in the litigation section of a 200+ lawyer firm, after passing the Texas Bar examination out of law school. She returned to Lexington and passed the Kentucky Bar examination and from 1977 to 2001 she practiced at the law firm of Rosenbaum and Rosenbaum, P.S.C. in Lexington. She handled many types of legal matters, including litigation in many counties. She then served as the Chief Bar Counsel for the Kentucky Bar Association for over eight years, after serving as the Chief Deputy. In that position she managed the Office of Bar Counsel, which included nine lawyers and many paralegals and staff. That Office investigated and prosecuted lawyers for violations of the ethics rules. She personally prosecuted lawyers through to sanctions or disbarment by the Kentucky Supreme Court. Her work encompassed the disbarment proceedings of six lawyers, including the former judge in the case, and class action lawyer Stanley Chesley, in connection with misappropriation of the $200,000,000 fen-phen settlement in Kentucky. She started an “ethics school” program, accompanying a diversion approach, with the support of the Kentucky Supreme Court, in order to teach remedial ethics to lawyers with ethics issues. She advised several committees and commissions that were studying and proposing changes to the laws of ethics governing the practice of law and the procedures for disciplining those who did not measure up. She assisted in writing proposed rules in Kentucky on ethics, the procedures of disciplinary cases, the operation of the state Attorneys’ Advertising Commission and the Client’s Security Fund. She served several terms as an appointed member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professional Discipline. She currently serves as an appointed member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Policy Implementation Committee, working to inform and encourage various jurisdictions concerning adoption of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers.

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