Dean T. Wellman

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Dean T. Wellman

Lexington, Kentucky
AV Preeminent 2016
Dean T. Wellman is a partner of Nichols Walter PLLC. He graduated from the University of Kentucky, College of Law in 1980. He began his practice with the law firm of Martin, Ockerman & Brabant and in 1995, he and two partners formed the firm of Piper, Wellman & Bowers. There, Dean handled personal injury and complex civil litigation, concentrating his practice on the defense of hospitals, nurses and physicians in malpractice cases in central and eastern Kentucky. In 2008, he teamed up with Mark Nichols, later joined by Ken Smith, to establish the firm of Wellman, Nichols & Smith, PLLC. Dean holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and is recognized in Woodward and White's Best Lawyers in America. He was a co-author of the chapter on Hospital Liability in the second, third and fourth editions of Kentucky Health Law, published by the U.K. Office of Continuing Legal Education, and has been a speaker for a number of seminars related to the topic of nursing and hospital liability. Dean is a current member and former president of the Kentucky Academy of Hospital Attorneys. He is also an experienced mediator and is certified by the Mediation Center of Kentucky.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Hospital Liability Defense
  • Medical Licensure Matters
  • Medicaid Provider Appeals
  • Personal Injury
  • Mediation

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Mediator, Mediation Center of Kentucky

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1980
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • B.A - 1976

Published Works

  • Hospital Liability and Malpractice, Chap. 6 Kentucky Health Law (4th Ed), University of Kentucky College of Law, 2004
  • Hospital Liability and Healthcare provider Litigation Chap. 6 Kentucky Health Law (3rd Ed), University of Kentucky College of Law, 2000
  • Co-author, Hospital and Healthcare Provider Liability, Chap. 8 in Kentucky Health Law, 3d Ed. (2000)
  • Co-author, Chap. 6, Hospital Liability and Malpractice
  • Co-author, Kentucky Health Law 4th Ed. (2004), University of Kentucky College of Law

Representative Clients

  • Kentucky Hospital Insurance Corp.
  • Catholic Health Initiatives
  • Kentucky Insurance County Association
  • Application regional Healthcare, Inc.


  • Panel Speaker "Right to Die", Kentucky Bar Association, 1992
  • Speaker, Kentucky Health Law 1991, 1995, University of Kentucky College of Law

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized in Woodward/White, "Best Lawyers in America"
  • Listed in “Best Lawyers in America”
  • AV rated, Martindale Hubbell, since 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Academy of Healthcare Attorneys, 2004 - 2005
  • Kentucky Bar Association, since 1980
  • Kentucky Academy of Hospital Attorneys, Current Member and Former President

Past Employment Positions

  • Piper, Wellman & Bowers, Partner, 1991 - 2008
  • Martin, Ockerman & Brabant, Partner, 1984 - 1991
  • Martin, Ockerman & Brabant, Associate, 1980 - 1984