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What makes me qualified to continue to serve as the 11th Circuit Judge?

On May 26, 2020 I was sworn in as the Circuit Judge for Kentucky’s 11th Judicial Circuit. Since that time, I have presided over hundreds of civil and criminal matters involving felony criminal charges, child custody controversies and marriage dissolutions, and civil claims involving millions of dollars in claimed damages, among others.

I have developed an excellent working relationship with the criminal and civil bar, Clerk’s staff and court security officers. I am readily available to Pretrial Services and Probation Parole Staff, and frequently consult on pending matters after hours as requested.

I believe that the role of the Circuit Judge is to be available and attentive to the needs of the Court of Justice and treat all participants in the process with dignity and respect.

Licensed to practice since 2006.

  • Began my career as an insurance defense attorney for some of the nation’s largest insurers, covering central and eastern Kentucky.
  • In 2010, I joined Mattingly & Nally-Martin PLLC, focusing primarily on Plaintiff’s personal injury cases. I also provided business litigation support for local business, and developed an extensive Real Estate and Probate practice.
  • In 2010, I accepted a commission as an Assistant County Attorney for Marion County and I spent five years prosecuting misdemeanor crimes and violations. I also covered the County’s Juvenile and Dependency, Neglect and/or Abuse cases.

In my private practice...

In 2019, along with my wife, Amanda, I formed Reed Law Office, PLLC. I expanded my practice to include Domestic/Divorce cases and Bankruptcy cases. I also had the great honor to expand my adoption practice.

Highly Rated By Colleagues and Peers

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  1. Legal Ability
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The “A” legal ability rating means “very high to preeminent”

And the “V” ethical standard rating means “very high”.

AV Preeminent® (4.5-5.0) – AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment and a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

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