Attorneys

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Larry Roberts

Fayette County Attorney

John Hayne

First Assistant

Jason Rothrock

Director of Prosecution

Richard Vimont

Director of Civil Litigation

Robyn Shier

Director of Child Support

Larry Roberts

Fayette County Attorney

Larry S. Roberts grew up in Lexington, graduating from Henry Clay High School in 1961 and the University of Kentucky in 1966. At U.K., he lettered on the freshman and varsity tennis teams, was a member of the U.K. marching band and was a varsity cheerleader. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky, College of Law in 1969. From 1969 to 1972, he was a public defender with Fayette County Legal Aid. He was selected to become the first full-time prosecutor in Kentucky and served as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney from 1972-77. He was appointed Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1977 and served until 1984. In 1985, he entered private practice where he was a partner in the firm of Fowler, Measle & Bell until 1989. In 1989, he formed the firm of Roberts & Smith and was there until becoming County Attorney. He has a Peer Review Rating of AV with Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Roberts has served as an adjunct professor at the U.K. College of Law and has been an active participant in the Fayette County School's EBCE Program for over twenty years. He was sworn in as Fayette County Attorney on August 15, 2006, and was elected to this position on November 7, 2006 for a four-year term.

John Hayne

First Assistant

John R. Hayne is the First Assistant County Attorney.  He graduated from Paul Dunbar High School (Lexington). He is a 2003 graduate of Transylvania University with a B.A. in accounting. He earned his master's degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky in 2004, and his J.D. from the University of Kentucky, College of Law in May, 2007. Prior to joining the Fayette County Attorney's Office in August, 2008, John was the staff attorney for Judge Thomas Clark of the Fayette Circuit Court.   John was an Assistant Fayette County Attorney in the general prosecution division from 2008 t0 2018. During this time, John  also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Lexington office of the U.S. Attorney from 2014-16 prosecuting federal crimes involving firearms, narcotics, and white-collar fraud. John has also served as a special assistant Commonwealth Attorney in Bourbon and Scott Counties where he tried cases to a jury for various felony offenses including Murder, Rape, Burglary and Arson. In addition to the practice of law, John was a part-time instructor of accounting at Transylvania University (2019-2020). John has previously served as a Board member of the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center and is currently serving on the Transylvania Alumni Board as well as the North Lexington YMCA Board.

Jason Rothrock

Director of Prosecution

Jason Rothrock -- Director of Criminal Prosecution. Jason was born in Lexington, Virginia, and grew up in the small village of Vesuvius.  He graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in commerce. In 1999, he received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky, College of Law.  After working for a year as staff attorney to former Fayette Circuit Court Judge Lewis Paisley, he worked as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Fayette County for six and a half years.  Jason was in private practice and a solo practitioner for two and a half years before joining the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in July, 2009.

Richard Vimont

Director of Civil Litigation

Richard E. Vimont joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in July, 2006, where he handles civil matters for the office and assists in criminal prosecutions. He has been in the private practice of law in Lexington for 46 years during which time he served on the City Commission and as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney prosecuting white-collar crimes. Mr. Vimont has extensive legal experience in corporate law, equine law and civil litigation, and he has a Peer Review Rating of AV with Martindale Hubbell. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky in 1960.

Robyn Shier

Director of Child Support

Robyn H. Shier is the Director of the Division of Child Support Enforcement.  Robyn joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in 1998 and served as an Assistant County Attorney in the Division of Child Support Enforcement until being appointed Director in August, 2010.  Prior to joining the Fayette County Attorney’s Office, she was in private practice in Louisville, Kentucky.  Robyn is a graduate of Centre College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in economics.  She received her law degree from the University of Louisville, School of Law.    .

Civil Litigation

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Steve Stadler

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Steve Stadler

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Steven Stadler grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in Marketing and received his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University in 2007. Prior to joining the Fayette County Attorney's Office, he served as law clerk to Judge Craig Clymer of the McCracken Circuit Court, and he was an associate attorney in Lexington practicing in the area of insurance defense. Steven began his time as an Assistant Fayette County Attorney in the Child Support Enforcement Division. He then transferred to General Prosecution where he spent five years working on all aspects of the criminal process. During that time, he also served as a Special Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, prosecuting capital murder and animal cruelty cases, and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, prosecuting federal crimes involving narcotics and firearms in the Eastern District of Kentucky. He also made limited appearances on behalf of the office in juvenile prosecutions. He currently is the Assistant Director of the Civil Division of the Fayette County Attorney’s Office, focusing on the representation of elected officials in civil litigation, guardianship, and mental health appearances. He currently oversees all appeals handled by the Office and has successfully argued before the Kentucky Supreme Court. Steven has represented the office in unemployment, civil litigation, and child abuse cases. He is also intricately involved in the management of the office.

General Prosecution

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Liz Bancroft

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Carlos Ross

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

JJ Alleman

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Sam Finley

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Ashley Morgan

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Melissa Pile

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Lee Greenup

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Breanna Canning

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Mitch Zegafuse

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Lauren Beahl

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Brooks Frye

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Mary Tobin

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Liz Bancroft

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Elizabeth Bancroft graduated from Michigan State University and Valparaiso School of Law, receiving her J.D. degree in 1996. She worked as a deputy prosecutor for three years in South Bend, Indiana, and later formed her own law firm which operated for two years. She relocated to Lexington in 2002, and joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in July, 2002 as a general prosecutor. Liz has a lead role in the office in running the Fayette County Drug Court and assisting families with Casey's Law petitions (forced drug treatment).

Carlos Ross

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Carlos Ross is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics from Hendrix College and a law degree from the University of Arkansas. He was a Prosecutor in the Child Support Enforcement, Paternity Division of the Fayette County Attorney's Office before joining General Prosecution in January, 2007. Carlos has successfully argued cases before the Kentucky Supreme Court. Carlos also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney (ED-KY) for two years where he prosecuted federal crimes involving drugs and firearms.

JJ Alleman

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

J.J. Alleman is originally from Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and is a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He is a retired police officer with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Division of Police. After retiring from the police department, he received his J.D. degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. In May, 2008, J.J. joined the staff of the Fayette County Attorney's Office in the Division of Criminal Complaints. He was assigned to general prosecution as an Assistant Fayette County Attorney in November, 2008.

Sam Finley

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Charles "Sam" Finley grew up in the small town of Manchester, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in history and a minor in geography in 2008. He received his law degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in May, 2011. Throughout law school, Sam worked as a prosecution intern at the Fayette County Attorney's Office. In October, 2011, Sam was hired as an Assistant County Attorney and began working in our Juvenile Division. He is currently in General Prosecution.

Ashley Morgan

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Ashley Morgan grew up in Georgetown, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Political Science and received a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Morehead State University in 2011. She received her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2014. During law school, Ashley worked as a summer intern for the Fayette County Attorney and served as staff attorney for Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark for one year, after graduating law school. Ashley joined the staff of the Fayette County Attorney's Office in 2015 where her primary focus is general criminal prosecution.

Melissa Pile

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Melissa Pile is a native of Bardstown, Kentucky. She graduated from St. Catharine College in 2010 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. She received her J.D. from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2014. After law school, Melissa practiced civil litigation in Northern Kentucky. She joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in the Division of Child Support Enforcement in February, 2018.  In August, 2019, Melissa joined general prosecution.

Lee Greenup

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

R. Lee Greenup Lee Greenup was born and raised in Bourbon County, Kentucky. He graduated from Transylvania University, read postgraduate British history and government at Exeter College, Oxford and earned a J.D. from the University of Kentucky. He returned to his hometown of Paris, Kentucky and practiced for sixteen years, focusing on criminal defense. In October of 1999, he became an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit and worked there until January 1, 2019, when he joined the Fayette County Attorney's Office.

Breanna Canning

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Breanna Canning is a native of Naples, Florida. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a B.S. in Legal Studies in 2015. She received her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in May, 2019. Throughout law school, Breanna worked as a prosecutorial intern at the State Attorney's Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida and the Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. She also clerked for Judge Kimberly Bunnell of the Fayette Circuit Court. She joined the Fayette County Attorney's Office in general prosecution in October, 2019.

Mitch Zegafuse

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Mitchell Zegafuse is originally from Boulder, Colorado, but grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated from Lexington Catholic High School in 1995 and from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Forestry in 2000. Prior to his legal career, Mitch worked as a White Water River Guide in West Virginia and Colorado, Snowmaker, and Snowmobile Guide among numerous other professions. He returned to Lexington in 2002 and began working at the Fayette County Attorney’s Office for three years as a Prosecution Assistant for Domestic Violence cases. He then went on to work at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky from 2005 to 2015 serving as a Deputy Clerk and advancing to Courtroom Deputy and case manager for then Chief Judge Jennifer B. Coffman. Mitch left federal court to work full time at a private law firm in Lexington while attending the night program at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He earned his J.D. in December 2019 and returned to the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in April 2020 serving as a general prosecutor.

Lauren Beahl

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Lauren Beahl was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Louisville in 2015 with a B.S. in Political Science. She received her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2019, where she was President of the Women’s Law Caucus and volunteered with the StreetLaw Program. Throughout law school, Lauren worked as a prosecutorial intern for the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Jefferson County. She also clerked for Judge Mary Jane Phelps of the 14th District Court of Kentucky. She joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in August 2020 as a general prosecutor.

Brooks Frye

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Brooks Frye grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration in 2002. He continued his studies in Chapel Hill at the University of North Carolina School of Law and graduated in 2005. Brooks served as an Assistant District Attorney in Rocky Mount, North Carolina for 14 years where he prosecuted cases ranging from speeding tickets to homicides. He joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in January 2020 as a general prosecutor.

Mary Tobin

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Juvenile Prosecution and D.N.A. Actions

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Diane Minnifield

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Jade Morgan

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Heather Matics

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Diane Minnifield

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Diane Turner Minnifield is a native of Chicago, Illinois, but relocated to Louisville, Kentucky, when she was in high school. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law in 1986. She worked with low-income clients in many areas of civil practice for Central Kentucky Legal Services before coming to the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in 1992. Diane has previously served as a hearing examiner for the Lexington Fayette Human Rights Commission. Diane is currently a prosecutor for the office in the Dependency, Neglect and Abuse (D.N.A. Court) division. The goal of DNA actions are to protect the children in the community.

Jade Morgan

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Jade Morgan was born and raised in Knott County, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2014 with a B.A. in Gender & Women’s Studies. She attended the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she was a member of the Kentucky Law Journal, and graduated with her J.D. in 2017. After law school, she served as staff attorney to Fayette Circuit Family Court Judge Libby G. Messer. She joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in August, 2019 and serves in the Juvenile Division.

Heather Matics

Ast. Fayette County Attorney

Heather Matics spent five years living with her family in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where she became fluent in Spanish.  She graduated with honors from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, receiving a B.A. in history.  Heather earned her J.D. from the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law, in May 1996.  Her professional career includes years spent as a public defender and as a senior staff attorney for the Kentucky Court of Appeals.  She joined the Fayette County Attorney's Office as a general prosecutor in February, 2011. Heather is currently in the juvenile prosecution division where she works side-by-side with community partners with a goal of reducing juvenile violence committed in our community.

Child Support Prosecution

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Brent Thompson

Ast. Fayette County Attorney (Child Support)

John Jones II

Ast. Fayette County Attorney (Child Support)

Jill Koenig

Ast. Fayette County Attorney (Child Support)

Mike Dearing

Ast. Fayette County Attorney (Child Support)

James Bevins II

Ast. Fayette County Attorney (Child Support)

Brent Thompson

Ast. Fayette County Attorney (Child Support)

Brent Thompson is from Irvine, Kentucky.  He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2009 with a  B.A. in Geography. He received his J.D. from the University of Louisville in 2016. Brent joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office, Division of Child Support Enforcement, in September, 2017.

John Jones II

Ast. Fayette County Attorney (Child Support)

John Jones II grew up in Paintsville, Kentucky, and graduated from Georgetown College in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science. He received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky, College of Law in May, 2009. John joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in January, 2010 in the Division of Child Support Enforcement. .

Jill Koenig

Ast. Fayette County Attorney (Child Support)

Jill Holtman Koenig grew up in Elsmere, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2007 with a B.A. in Communications. She completed the judicial clerkship course in Fayette Family Court while in her final semester of law school and received her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in May, 2010. Jill joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in May, 2013, in the Division of Child Support Enforcement.

Mike Dearing

Ast. Fayette County Attorney (Child Support)

Michael Dearing is a life-long resident of Lexington, Kentucky.  He is a graduate of Bryan Station High and Georgetown College. He received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky, College of Law in 1982.  Mike rejoined the Child Support Division in June, 2008, having previously worked for the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in the early 90’s.  In the interim, he was a member of the Lexington law firm of Wilson, Polites and McQueen, specializing in civil litigation. .

James Bevins II

Ast. Fayette County Attorney (Child Support)

James Bolton Bevins II is a native of Georgetown, Kentucky. He graduated from Georgetown College with a B.A. double major in History and American Studies and a minor in English. Bolton next earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked as staff attorney for Judge Rob Johnson in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit from 2013 to 2016 and continued working for Judge Johnson on the Kentucky Court of Appeals as staff attorney from 2016 to 2018. In 2019, Bolton joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in the Child Support Division as an Assistant County Attorney, specializing in enforcement.
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