(1929 - 2005)
Fred Dolt was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on October 10, 1929. He graduated from Louisville Male High School in 1947, and graduated from the University of Louisville Law School in 1952. After his law school graduation, he became associated with Morris & Garlove Attorneys from 1952-1959. He then became a sole practitioner until 1970, when he entered into partnership with Charlie Leibson. In 1990, Fred formed the firm Dolt, Furkin & Thompson and, in 2002, became of counsel to the successor firm of Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Kinney. When Fred started practicing law in 1952, it wasn't unusual for him to try two cases a day - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. He practiced law for over 52 years, primarily pursing legal remedies for individuals who had been injured or otherwise wronged.
Fred was an old-school, delightful, talented, down-to-earth man with a "mighty big heart." It has been said that he was a "good friend, excellent lawyer, and above all a true gentleman." Fred was also known for his tremendous sense of humor.
Dick Goodman said of Fred: "I knew Fred Dolt for almost 35 years back at the time he worked with Charley Liebson in Louisville. To me, Fred was not just a fine lawyer in the great traditions of the Kentucky Bar but was a lovely, graceful, caring human being who never failed to reach out to all of us. "
Fred was an ATLA State Committeeman from Kentucky for 1967, 1968 and 1969, and member and past President of the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys. He was President of the University of Louisville Law School Alumni Association from 1969 to 1970. He was appointed a committee member by the Kentucky Commissioner of Insurance to implement regulation of Uninsured Motorist Coverage of Kentucky in 1970, and was appointed a committee member to revise Federal Rules of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 1979-1980. In addition, he served on the Kentucky Supreme Court's Advisory Committee for Civil Rights.
Fred was an avid golfer and his other hobbies included reading, gardening, traveling, and playing bridge. He should be remembered for his rich, full life as a family man and great friend. Friends, family, and colleagues will also fondly remember him for his vast library of jokes and his expert style of delivering them.