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Jerome P. Prather

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Phone: (859) 254-9351
Phone: (800) 486-7083
Fax: (859) 233-9769

141 N Broadway
Lexington, Kentucky 40507

 
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Jay Prather was inspired to become a lawyer by his grandfather, John G. Prather, Sr., of Somerset. “Pappy,” as he was affectionately known by his grandchildren, began studying law near the end of the Great Depression and, after his studies were interrupted by World War II, spent nearly 60 years working from his town-square office to ensure that his clients – who were also his neighbors and friends – had whatever legal representation they needed. The practice of law had changed markedly by the time Jay began his career 59 years (to the week) after his grandfather first opened his law office. But while computerized law libraries and increased specialization have altered the day-to-day practice of law, the core principles Jay learned from his grandfather – dedication to ones’ clients, the honest, ethical practice of law, and service to the community – are as important today as they were then.

Today, Jay is committed to the representation of clients who have been seriously injured, have been the victim of a workplace wrong, or whose rights have been adversely affected.

Jay is one of a small number of lawyers under the age of 40 who have argued before both the Kentucky Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. As a result of his experience, Jay has been recognized by his peers. He is rated AV-Preeminent® by the Martindale-Hubbell* peer review, the highest rating an attorney can receive for legal ability and ethical standards. Jay has been named a Super Lawyer in 2020, after being listed as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for the previous five years. Jay is also an adjunct professor of law at the University of Kentucky, where he teaches law students in the field of medical liability. He has been elected as a governor of the Kentucky Justice Association, and now serves as a District Vice President. He has also been selected to the American Inns of Court. Jay was recently called on to testify before the Kentucky Senate's Judiciary Committee about the effect of proposed legislation that would have limited the Attorney General's ability to contract with lawyers on a contingency fee basis. He has served the profession through leadership with the Young Lawyer's Division of the Kentucky Bar Association.

Jay earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University with a double major in economics and political science in 2003. He is a 2006 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law. At UK, he was named Outstanding Third-Year Staff Member of the Kentucky Law Journal and was a member of the Moot Court Board. He was also a member of the Environmental Law Society, Student Public Interest Law Foundation, and American Constitution Society.

Jay is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Kentucky. He has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice in Ohio, Tennessee, and Alabama. He is a member of the American, Kentucky, and Fayette County Bar Associations, the Federal Bar Association, the Kentucky Justice Association, the American Association for Justice and the American Constitution Society. He is a former member of the the American Inn of Court – Central Kentucky chapter, Jay is a Life Fellow of the Kentucky Bar Foundation.

Jay lives in Lexington, where he is vice-moderator of the congregation at Crestwood Christian Church and is a volunteer for and former Trustee of the Lexington History Museum, and also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and the Vanderbilt Alumni Association. He is a former editor-in-chief of Vanderbilt University's Orbis, a former chairman of Habitat for Humanity’s Vanderbilt University Campus Chapter, and an Eagle Scout. He has been with the firm since he began as a law clerk in 2004.

Watch Jay's successful 2019 argument before the Kentucky Supreme Court in Gonzalez v. Johnson. Following this argument the Court overturned nearly 70 years of law that gave police absolute immunity from responsibility in police chases where innocent bystanders were hurt or killed by fleeing suspects. Now, the officer's liability is to be determined by a jury, just like in any other negligence case. The Court's final decision can be found here. The case generated statewide media attention.


Education

J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, 2006
Law Journal: Kentucky Law Journal, 2004 - 2006

B.A., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 2003
cum laude | Major: Economics and Political Science

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Kentucky, 2006
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2006
U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2012
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2009
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2011
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

American Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

Fayette County Bar Association

American Association for Justice

Kentucky Justice Association
(District Vice President)

Federal Bar Association

Published Works
  • Tax exemption of American churches and other non-profits: One election cycle after Branch Ministries v. Rossotti., 94 Ky. L. J. 139, (2005-2006)
Honors and Awards
  • AV-Preeminent® by the Martindale-Hubbell* peer review
  • Super Lawyers – 2020
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star – 2014-2019
Volunteer Activities
  • Crestwood Christian Church (Vice Moderator)
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Lexington History Museum
  • Vanderbilt Alumni Association
Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


*Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards. AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

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