Attorney Laura Jane Phelps

Laura Jane has litigated a variety of serious personal injury matters since graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Prior to joining Peterson Law Office, Laura Jane practiced across Eastern Kentucky for Wilhoit Law Office in Grayson, KY which was established by her great-great-great grandfather in 1865. Laura Jane has significant litigation experience in all personal injury matters including wrongful death, nursing home neglect and abuse, trucking collisions, premises liability, car accident, medical malpractice, boundary line and logging disputes, blasting, real estate contract, and constitutional retaliation cases in state and federal courts. Laura Jane argued before the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals as lead counsel on an appeal arising out of federal court where Laura Jane represented a towing company for constitutional retaliation by county government officials under Section 1983. Laura Jane has also represented insurance companies on the defense side and has successful tried cases to jury verdict with one jury rendering a verdict in less than 12 minutes in her client’s favor. As lead counsel, Laura Jane also handled estates, divorces, child custody, domestic violence, wills & trusts, and other matters.

Laura Jane is a passionate advocate for her clients and her experience handling both Plaintiff and Defense matters allows her to strategize her client’s case for a successful outcome.


  • Western District of Kentucky, 2023
  • Kentucky, 2019
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2020
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2022


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky J.D. – May, 2019
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky B.A. – May, 2016

Experience & Honors

  • Planning & Zoning Board, City of Grayson, serving current term
  • Carter County Bar Association, 2019-present
  • Certified Guardian Ad Litem, State of Kentucky
  • Kentucky Justice Association, member, 2019 to present
  • Carter County Teen Court Program, advisor, 2019-present
  • High School Mock Trial Coach, 2019
  • Honors: Moot Court Board, Executive Board member, 2018-2019
  • Honors: Pierce Hamblin award for highest grade in Litigation Skills, 2018
  • Honors: Mock Trial Team Executive Board member, UK, 2013 to 2016

Published Decisions

U.S. Court of Appeals- Sixth Circuit 

Lemaster v. Lawrence County, Kentucky, 65 F.4th 302 (6th Cir. 2023). As lead counsel, Laura Jane successfully obtained a reversal for her clients at the 6th Circuit after appealing the dismissal of their §1983 civil rights claim in federal court. The resulting precedent of the Court’s decision lessened the legal burden required of public employees and contractors to prove causation when alleging unconstitutional retaliation by the government under the First Amendment, making it easier for plaintiffs to prove their §1983 retaliation claims.

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