Managing Partner Kellie M. Collins

Kellie is a lifelong resident of the Bluegrass state. She is a native of Eastern Kentucky, growing up in Salyersville, KY, before moving to Morehead, KY. A lifelong fan of the University of Kentucky Wildcats, Kellie attended the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate studies, participating in the Honors Program and graduating Magna Cum Laude. She continued her studies at UK, graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law in May of 2008.

Although the daughter of a plaintiff’s attorney, Kellie began her legal career practicing insurance defense. For eight years, her practice focused on advising and representing insurance carriers in complex litigation, bad faith suits, and issues of insurance coverage. Kellie ultimately became a partner/shareholder in a regional defense firm based in Lexington, KY, before deciding to follow in her father’s footsteps and becoming partner at another Lexington personal injury firm. Wanting to focus on a client first approach, Kellie joined her law school classmate, Justin Peterson, at the Peterson Law Office. As a Managing Partner at the Peterson Law Office, Kellie uses her knowledge of insurance companies’ policies and procedures for those wrongfully injured through no fault of their own.

Kellie’s practice includes automobile and truck accident, premises liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, insurance bad faith, and product liability matters.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, Juris Doctorate, May 2008
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Minor in Political Science, May 2005 Magna Cum Laude and with Honors

Bar Admissions

  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky

Accomplishments, Honors, and Organizations

  • United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Kentucky, Appellate Division Extern
  • University of Kentucky Honors Program
  • 2016 & 2017 Super Lawyer Rising Star, Kentucky, Insurance Coverage
  • 2021 – 2023 Super Lawyer
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys
  • Presenter, National Business Institute CLE, Bad Faith Law in Kentucky, September 22, 2016

Legal & Firm News

What Are the Elements of Negligence in a Personal Injury Claim?

A lot of personal injury claims can become quite complex early on in the process and one of the main reasons for this is the need to prove negligence. Proving negligence caused an accident can be the deciding factor in the success of some cases, such as in a wrongful death claim, or if the […]

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How Are Noneconomic Damages for Mental Anguish Calculated?

Two assessments occur with any severe accident: Who is at fault, and what will the remedy be for the victim? That reward is where the concept of pain and suffering comes into play. Compensation for an injury encompasses physical and emotional trauma. It is easy to assess the medical expenses, but how are noneconomic damages […]

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The Importance of Safely Restraining Your Pet While Driving

When it comes time to travel on the road, you might want to bring along your pet. While having your dog, cat, or other animals roaming around the vehicle may seem fun, it can pose a great safety risk. Sometimes, animals behave unexpectedly when exposed to other vehicles, the noise of the car, or other […]

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