Shelby Kinkead

The successful practice of law requires the ability to analyze all sides of an issue; to write clear, succinct, and persuasive briefs; and to make calm, yet forceful oral arguments. These are qualities that I have worked to develop in more than forty years of private practice.

Practical Experience

Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC v. The Raven Co., Inc., 2014 WL 4662227 (US Dist. Ct, E.D. Ky. 2014): United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky held that issues finally concluded in state administrative proceedings are precluded from being re-litigated in federal court.

Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation, v. Consol of Kentucky, Inc., 15 S.W. 3d 727 (Ky. 2000): Kentucky Supreme Court held that the easement granting power is a standalone estate in land which may impact correlative rights between the owners of pipelines and surface mining operations.

Thomas v. Turner, 736 S.W.2d 343 (Ky. 1987): Kentucky Court of Appeals held that a Bank Trustee’s sale of trust property to a substantial customer of the Bank was prohibited by a conflict of interest.

Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet v. Integrity Ins. Co., 759 S.W.2d 67 (Ky. App. 1988): Kentucky Court of Appeals held that a surface mining permit applicant’s failure to disclose prohibited conduct on the permit application could not result in the forfeiture of a reclamation bond.

Proven Expertise


JD, University of Kentucky, 1970
BA, University of the South, 1966


Admitted to Practice

U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


Professional Achievements

AV Preeminent Rating
Kentucky Law Journal
Board of Governors of the Kentucky Bar Association

Trustee, University of the South
Trustee, Kentucky IOLTA Fund
Life Fellow, Kentucky Bar Foundation


Professional Memberships

Kentucky Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association