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Juris Doctor Degree, 1982, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. 1972 -1974 Rider College, Lawrenceville, N. J. 1975 -1977 Bachelor of Arts, psychology, 1977 Magna Cum Laude graduate

269 West Main St., Suite 600
Lexington, KY 40507


Attorney - December 1986 to the present
649 Charity Court, #2
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

General sole practitioner with concentration in contract and corporate law (organization, incorporation, reinstatement, bulk sales and asset transfers, franchise and license agreements, contract negotiations, construction contracts & disputes, employer-employee relations, real estate), divorce and family law, administrative law, civil litigation and appeals (including successful sovereign immunity defense of former Kentucky Cabinet Commissioner; successful challenge to the Constitutionality of certain state regulations).

Attorney - October 1982 to December 1986

324 South Main Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma


115 East First Street
Hominy, Oklahoma

General sole practitioner with concentration in business (including representation of a national association, a national computer leasing company, and a hospital), banking and commercial law (representation of a national bank, a federal savings and loan, and a federal employees' credit union), real estate (representation of a national relocation company) and plaintiffs tort litigation, estate planning, family and divorce, social security claims.

Certified KRS13B Hearing Officer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Hearing Officer: Kentucky Personnel Board October 1, 2003 to the present


Mediator/Arbitrator - April 1992 to the present

Frankfort, Kentucky and
Lexington, Kentucky 

Over 3,000 hours of mediation and arbitration experience in the provision of court-referred and self- referred alternative dispute resolution services. Experience includes mediation or arbitration in the areas of contract disputes, construction, divorce, family and post-decree matters, employer- employee, EEO grievances, business relations, commercial disputes, real estate, professional and fee disputes, personal injury, professional malpractice and automobile "Lemon Law".


  1. Mediator and Mediator Trainer with the Mediation Center of Kentucky. Status of "Certified General Mediator" and "Certified Family Mediator".
  2. Past Certified EEO/Employment mediator for the U. S. Postal Service.
  3. Approved mediator for the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
  4. Past-President of the Mediation Association of Kentucky: 2002-2004
  5. Board of Directors: Mediation Association of Kentucky: from inception to 2005
  6. President of the Mediation Association of Kentucky: 2000-2002
  7. President-Elect of the Mediation Association of Kentucky: 1999-2000
  8. Secretary of the Mediation Association of Kentucky: 1998-1999
  9. Founding Member of the Mediation Association of Kentucky
  10. Past Chair: Franklin Family Court Mediation Committee
  11. Approved Mediator for the Franklin Family Court
  12. Past Member of Board of Directors of The Mediation Center of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Arbitrator - August 2001 to the present

  1. Arbitration training from the Better Business Bureau.
  2. Private arbitration services
  3. Arbitration services provided to the Better Business Bureau


Academy of Family Mediators
(Through Mediation Center of KY): 40 hours basic family mediation

Academy of Family Mediators
(Through Mediation Center of KY): 32 hours advanced family mediation

Mediation Center of Kentucky: 16 hours basic mediation

Mediation Center of Kentucky: 16 hours advanced mediation

U. S. Postal Service: 20 hours advanced Transformative mediation

Better Business Bureau (arbitration) 15-hour arbitration training

And various continuing education seminars in the fields of mediation and arbitration.

Speaker on Mediation Topics:

KY Bar Association CLE Speaker
KY Bar Association CLE Moderator


Past Member -Oklahoma Bar Association
Past Member -Tulsa County Bar Association
Past Member -Osage County Bar Association
Past Member- Osage County Pro Bono Panel
Member - Kentucky Bar Association 1983-present
Member - KBA Mentor Program 1989-present
Member - A.T.L.A. 1983-1987
Member - Franklin Co. Bar Association 1987 -1992/1998-2000
Member - Fayette Co. Bar Association 1996-present
Member - Fayette Co. Bar Association Lawyer
Referral Committee 2004-present
Member - Fayette Co. Bar Association Legislative
Committee: Family Law Section 2004-present
Member - Fayette Co. Bar Family Law Section - 1997-present
Director - Mediation Center of KY, Inc. 1998-1999
Associate Member - Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution 1994-1999
Charter/Founding Member - Mediation Association of Kentucky, Inc. (MAK)
Past Co-Chair - Public Policy Committee, MAK 1995-1997
Secretary - MAK 1996-1997
President - Elect MAK 1999-2000
President - MAK 2000-2001
Past President - MAK
Past Chair - Public Relations Committee (MAK)
Past Member -Standards and Practice Committee (MAK)
Former Member - Policies and Procedures Committee, Mediation Center of Kentucky, Inc.
Former Member - Family Law Committee, Mediation Center of Kentucky, Inc.
Former Member - Federal Mediation Committee, Mediation Center of Kentucky, Inc.
Past Chair -Franklin Family Court Mediation Committee
Former Member -Franklin Family Court Rules Committee


United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
United States District Court, N. District Oklahoma 1982-1994
United States District Court, E. District Kentucky
Kentucky State Bar
Oklahoma State Bar 1982-1994


Member: Centenary United Methodist Church, Lexington, KY

Musician & Guitar Instructor: Roland Merkel Music, Inc. 1978-present

Volunteer Mediator and Mediator Trainer: Mediation Center of Kentucky, Inc., Lexington, KY and Administrative Office of the Courts

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