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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. .


. 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 served as a prosecutor in the Juvenile Division and in Child Support Enforcement and currently serves in the Juvenile Division. She maintains a private practice and serves as a hearing examiner for the Lexington Fayette Human Rights Commission.


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.


 


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.

 

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.

 



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.

 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.

 

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.

Andrew Reinhardt grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Spanish. In 2015, he received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. As a third year law student, Andrew obtained a limited practice license and went to work for the Lexington Public Defender's Office where he was able to represent clients charged with minor offenses. Andrew joined the Fayette County Attorney's Office in September, 2015 where his focus is general criminal prosecution.

Jennifer Wade grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Psychology and received a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Policy from Temple University. She received her J.D. from the University of Kentucky in 2015. Jennifer joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in September, 2015, where her focus is general criminal prosecution.

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.  Currently, Stephen works in criminal prosecution.

 

Janet Luo was raised in Lexington, Kentucky, and graduated from Henry Clay High School. She is a 2010 graduate of the University of Virginia where she majored in Economics and Psychology. She earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota in May, 2014. Prior to joining the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in June, 2016, Janet worked for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy in the Columbia Trial Office. She is currently in General Prosecution.

 

Jessie Weinmann was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Dayton with a degree in Political Science. She earned her J.D. from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in May, 2015. While in law school, she clerked for Honorable Brian Edwards in Jefferson County Circuit Court and served victims of domestic violence with a limited license in the U of L Ackerson Law Clinic. She joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in June, 2016, and is currently in General Criminal Prosecution.

Jacqueline Mayer grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Ohio University and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor's in economics and a minor in art. During law school, Jacque interned at the Fayette County Circuit Court, the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, and at the Fayette County Attorney's Office. She received her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in May, 2015, and spent a year serving as staff attorney to Fayette Circuit Court Judge James D. Ishmael, Jr. Jacqueline joined the General Prosecution section of the Fayette County Attorney's Office in July, 2016.

 

Amanda Parker is originally from Germantown, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 with a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Amanda received her J.D. from Wake Forest University in 2016. While in law school, she worked as a prosecution intern for two summers and spent a semester interning at the public defender's office. In September, 2016, Amanda joined the Fayette County Attorney's Office where her focus is general criminal prosecution.


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.

 


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.

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.

 

Kevin Edelman was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. He attended Bellarmine University and received a B.A. in history in 2010. He interned for two summers at the Fayette County Attorney's Office while attending Chase College of Law where he earned his J.D. in 2014. Kevin worked as staff attorney for Circuit Judge S. Marie Hellard in Shelby Circuit Court prior to becoming an Assistant County Attorney in the Division of Child Support Enforcement in April, 2016.


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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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Nick Anderson is originally from Maysville, Kentucky. He graduated from Transylvania University in 2012 with a B.A. in philosophy. In 2015, he received his J.D. from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Nick joined the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in June, 2016, in the Division of Child Support Enforcement. Before joining the Fayette County Attorney’s Office, Nick worked in a general practice in Frankfort, Kentucky, where he primarily focused on family law issues.