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John C. Whitfield

John C. Whitfield

Founding partner
Madisonville, Kentucky

For over 30 years, John has represented numerous injured parties in Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Florida, and the southeast United States. He has concentrated primarily on complex civil litigation cases, and over his career has brought to settlement or judgment over 30 cases in excess of a million dollars each.

John is certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has represented individuals in all walks of life against negligent workplace practices, reckless physicians, predatory businesses, inattentive automobile and truck drivers, and the mining and railroad industries.

Throughout his career, John has represented scores of patients who have been the victims of medical negligence, obtaining verdicts and settlements in both state and federal courts. He has handled cases for landowners victim to fraudulent mine royalty practices, for homeowners whose homes and business contained defective concrete, for Kentucky residents who were overcharged for premium insurance taxes, and for victims of railroad crossing accidents. In addition, John’s trial experience extends to the defense of individuals in criminal cases.

John is a frequent lecturer of litigation subjects with the Kentucky Justice Association and American Association for Justice, and has been recognized as a Kentucky Super Lawyer. He is AV rated by the Martindale-Hubbell rating service.


Areas of Practice

  • Complex Civil Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil trial specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy*

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1983
  • Missouri, 2013
  • Tennessee, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1996


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1982
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • B.A. - 1979
    • Honors: With Distinction

Representative Clients

  • Old National Bank
  • West Kentucky Bank
  • WEBA Corporation
  • Charolais Corporation
  • Independence Bank


  • Old National Bank


  • Kentucky Justice Association and American Association for Justice, Lecturer of litigation subjects

Honors and Awards

  • AV rated by the Martindale-Hubbell rating service
  • Recognized as a Kentucky Super Lawyer
  • Lead Counsel in a products case where the design flaw of a shuttle car resulted in the death of a miner, resulting in a $625,000 settlement
  • February 2013: Co-lead Counsel on a three week jury trial in Madisonville, Kentucky resulting in a $1.39 million
  • Co-Lead Counsel in the Pyro Mine Disaster that claimed the lives of 10 miners at the Williams Station Mine in Union County Kentucky
  • Counsel for recipients of the Bjork Shiley heart valve, leading to a worldwide settlement against the manufacturer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman, 2000 - 2001
  • Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Contributing Editor of Trial Practice for The Advocate, 1998 - Present
  • Kentucky Justice Association, Contributing Editor of Trial Practice for The Advocate
  • Kentucky Attorney Disciplinary System, Trial Commissioner, 1998 - Present
  • Hopkins Bar Association, Member, 1984 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1984 - Present
  • Hopkins County Salvation Army, Board Member, 1996 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member Litigation, Medical negligence, and Railroad Sections
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Member


  • Sigma Chi

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