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Hans was raised in Savannah, Georgia. At age fifteen, he and his family moved to Kentucky to be closer to his mother’s family. Hans majored in finance and minored in philosophy while at the University of Louisville. He worked his way through college while working third-shift part time at United Parcel Service. Quickly promoted several times, by his senior year he had advanced to a full-time position as a financial analyst in United Parcel Service’s Air Group where he analyzed past aircraft fleet maintenance expenditures in order to make projections for the future.

While he certainly enjoyed putting his finance degree to work, Hans had already made plans to attend law school on scholarship. Law school was a natural fit for him and he made the Dean’s list all six semesters while at The Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. During his second year, Hans was selected to be a member of the Brandeis Journal of Family Law. Also in his second year, Hans advanced to the semi-final round of the Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition and tied for third with the woman whom he would later marry, Jeri Barclay. During his final year, Hans was selected to represent the law school at the prestigious Kauffman Securities Law Moot Court Competition in New York City. He and his teammate-and still good friend-Shane O’Bryan, made the best showing in the law school’s history by finishing third in the nation. Hans finished law school ranked in the top ten with a grade point average high enough to gain him membership into the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Additionally, Hans was asked to join the most prestigious honor society at the Brandeis School of Law, the Brandeis Society.

Following graduation, Hans went to work for the small, well-respected plaintiff personal injury law firm where he had clerked during law school. Just two weeks after receiving his bar results, Hans, and the attorney with whom he worked, successfully tried a two-week medical malpractice case. He was hooked on trial work from that moment forward. Since then, he has been involved in a number of large jury verdicts and settlements, including serving as co-counsel on a $25,700,000 settlement arising out of childhood sexual abuse (this settlement consolidated 243 indivdual lawsuits alleging childhood sexual abuse against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville and was settled in 2003.  At the time, it was the second largest settlement against a diocese in US History.) To learn more about the case, you can read the Courier Journal Newspaper article here.

At only thirty-years of age, Hans made the decision to start his own firm. The dynamic success of The Poppe Law Firm comes as no surprise to anyone who knows Hans. He is passionate about the work he does and the people and small businesses he represents. Because of this, he chooses to limit his caseload to only twenty cases at any given time. This ensures he can give each of his clients the personal attention they need and deserve.


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8700 Westport Rd
Ste. 201
Louisville, KY, 40242

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    16 years
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    16 years
  3. Medical Malpractice: 30%
    16 years



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  • Peter David Palmer

    I have had the pleasure of working with Hans on cases before, as well as having known him as a member of the local community. He is a tremendously skilled litigator with a proven track record of success. He is not afraid to take on a big challenge, and fights for his clients every step of the way. I am glad to recommend/endorse Hans - he is very deserving.


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KYAuthorized to practice law200007/09/2016
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Top LawyersLouisville Magazine2013
Top LawyerLouisville Magazine2012
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2011
Top LawyerLouisville Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Top LawyerLouisville Magazine2010
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerPoppe Law Firm2004 - Present
AssociateMcMurry & Associates2000 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Kentucky Justice Association, Annual Convention CommitteeN/A2010 - Present
Kentucky Justice Association, Legislative CommitteeN/A2009 - Present
Kentucky Justice Association Rules CommitteeN/A2009 - Present
American Association for Justice, Leaders ForumN/A2009 - Present
Kentucky Justice Association, Website CommitteeN/A2007 - Present
Kentucky Justice AssociationBoard of Governors2005 - Present
Kentucky Justice AssociationN/A2000 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jury Awards Widow $5.1 Million$5,100,000
Jury Awards Woman $3.8 Million$3,800,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
SelfWhat The Insiders Don't Want You To Know About Semi-Truck WrecksN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of LouisvilleN/AJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of LouisvilleFinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
TechapaloozaCool Stuff You Can Do At Trial2012
Litigating Nursing Home Negligence CasesLitigating Nursing Home Negligence2012
KJA Annual ConventionAdvanced Trial Skills2010
Common Themes & Defenses in Medical MalpracticeCommon Themes & Defenses in Medical Malpractice2010
Car Wreck LitigationCar Wreck Cases-Early Assessment of the Case2009
Trial SkillsLegal Malpractice-The Evil of Which We Do Not Speak2008
Bad Faith Claims HandlingBad Faith2008
Car Wreck LitigationEssentials for Winning Your Auto Wreck Casae2007