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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.


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. .


Duane F. Osborne was born in Syracuse, New York, but grew up in Morehead, Kentucky.  Duane is a 1986 cum laude graduate of Morehead State University, and a 1989 graduate of the University of Kentucky, College of Law.  Duane has been an Assistant Fayette County Attorney since 1993, and prosecutes dependency, neglect and abuse proceedings in Fayette County.  He is an outstanding speaker on DNA and has conducted seminars throughout the United States for judges, lawyers, educators and social workers.


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.


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. .
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Elizabeth Green Messer graduated magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky in 2003 with a B.A. in Integrated Strategies Communications.  She received her J.D. in 2007 from the University of Kentucky, College of Law.  Prior to joining the Fayette County Attorney's office in September of 2008, she served as the staff attorney for Hon. Judge Kim Bunnell of the Fayette Circuit Court.  In 2010, she left general prosecution to specialize in the prosecution of Child Dependency, Neglect and Abuse, Status and Juvenile Criminal cases.  She serves on numerous committees with community partners in order to develop best practices for DNA and Juvenile Court, as well as works closely with Fayette County Public Schools in regard to truancy prevention.  She serves as a member of the CASA Board of Directors. 


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. 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.


 
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Steven Stadler grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in Marketing. He received his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University in 2007. Steven became an Assistant Fayette County Attorney in November, 2009 in the Child Support Enforcement Division, and moved to general prosecution in August, 2010. 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.   Steve is currently serving in the Lexington office of the U.S. Attorney as a Special Assistant United States 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.


 

William Q. Cowan is from Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Biology. In 2011, he received his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. After working an externship for Fayette Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone, he interned for the Department of Public Advocacy. Also, he worked as a court-appointed attorney in the Mental Health Division of Fayette District Court prior to joining our office as a general prosecutor.

M. Lee Turpin -- First Assistant County Attorney. Lee graduated from the University of Kentucky, College of Law in 1992.  She served as a judicial clerk for Judge John Adams in Fayette Circuit Court until 1994.  Except for several years as a staff attorney with the Division of Natural Resources and Department of Corrections, she has been with the Fayette County Attorney’s Office.  She has served as a general prosecutor, Director of the Domestic Violence Unit, and Director of Criminal Prosecution. Additionally, she has extensive experience in teaching seminars in domestic violence and criminal prosecution to the Lexington Police Department, Kentucky State Police, and the Fayette County Public Schools.


Richard E. Vimont joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in July, 2006, part-time status, 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.


Jennifer True is a native of Nicholasville, Kentucky. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in political science, as well as a J.D. from the University of Kentucky, College of Law. Jenny joined this office in general prosecution in November, 2000. In 2006, she restarted our Truancy Intervention Program by working with Fayette County Public Schools and other community partners. She received the Assistant County Attorney of the Year Award in 2007. Jenny currently serves as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. In early 2011, Jenny began prosecuting cases in our Juvenile Division.


 


 


John H. Hayne is a native of Charleston, WV, but moved to Lexington and graduated from Paul Dunbar High School. He is a 2003 graduate of Transylvania University with a B.A. in accounting. He earned his M.S. 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 is also a Special Assistant United States Attorney serving in the Lexington office of the U.S. Attorney.


Jacqueline D. Alexander Jackie grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice and a Minor in African American Studies. She received her J.D. in May, 2008 from the University of Kentucky, College of Law. Before joining the Fayette County Attorney's Office in April, 2009, she served as staff attorney for Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine.


Erin Burns Musgrave was born in Madisonville, Kentucky.  She is a 2003 graduate of the University of Louisville. She received her J.D. in 2007 from the Appalachian School of Law.  Erin became an Assistant Fayette County Attorney in November, 2007, working in Child Support Enforcement. She joined general prosecution in November, 2009.

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Erica Mitchell grew up in Morehead, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. In 2013, she received her J.D. from the University of Kentucky, College of Law. During law school, Erica worked as an intern at the Children’s Law Center and was involved with CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass. She currently works in our Juvenile Division.

 

Kate Mudrak is from Augusta, Georgia.  She graduated from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, with a B.A. degree in Sociology and a minor in Art History.  In 2013, she received her J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  While in law school, Kate interned with the Washtenaw County Public Defender's Office and clerked for the Honorable Cedric J. Simpson, both in Michigan, before relocating to Kentucky where she interned with the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for the 21st Judicial Circuit.  Kate joined our office as a general prosecutor in June, 2014.

 Michael Howard grew up in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Business Management. He also received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2009. Upon graduation, he served as staff attorney for Fayette Circuit Judge James D. Ishmael for one year. In 2010, he joined the Hardin County Attorney's Office where he was assigned to general criminal prosecution, as well as the juvenile public offense docket. Michael joined the staff of the Fayette County Attorney's Office in 2014 where his primary focus is general criminal prosecution.

Andrew M. Yocum is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated with a B.B.A. in Finance and International Business from the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics in 2010. He received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2013. While in law school, Andrew served as the President of Equine Law Society from 2011 to 2013 and as the Vice President and Social Chair of Christian Legal Society from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining the Fayette County Attorney's Office in June of 2013, Andrew was the staff attorney for Judge Dan Kelly of the 11th Circuit Court in Springfield, Kentucky.

 

 


Attorneys In Child Support

Byron Ockerman is a life-long resident of Lexington, Kentucky. He is a 1969 graduate of Henry Clay High School, a 1973 graduate of the University of Kentucky, and a 1976 graduate of the University of Kentucky, College of Law. Byron is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, having been inducted in 1973. He has been an Assistant Fayette County Attorney in the Child Support Division from 1982-1985 and from 1990 to the present.

 


 

 


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 served as a prosecutor in the Juvenile Division of this office until joining Child Support Enforcement in 2011. She maintains a private practice and serves as a hearing examiner for the Lexington Fayette Human Rights Commission.

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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.

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. .

 



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. .
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Courtney Hampton
is a native of Rochester Hills, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2007 with  a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish. Courtney interned in the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in Fayette County for a semester during law school and received her J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in May, 2011. She joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in April, 2013 in the  Division of Child Support Enforcement.



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Ryan Utterback is a native of Owingsville, Kentucky. He graduated from Georgetown College in 2008 with a B.A. in History and Political Science. He received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2011. After law school, he practiced as solo practitioner before joining the Fayette County Attorney's Office in June, 2013 in the Division of Child Support Enforcement.


Stephen Walters is a native of Pikeville, Kentucky. He graduated from Marshall University in 2007 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice.  He received his J.D. from the Appalachian School of Law in 2012.  After law school, he practiced in a small firm in Lexington before joining the Fayette County Attorney's Office in November, 2013 in the Division of Child Support Enforcement.