Wednesday, February 24, 2016




7750 NORTH U.S. HWY. 421

P. O. BOX 1271


Phone or fax: (606) 596-0360

Phone (606) 599-8770

Cell Phone (606) 391-3549


AT PRESENT CLAY COUNTY OFFICE SINCE 2007. Represented clients in Clay County, Kentucky and adjoining counties, particularly in the 41st Judicial Circuit of Kentucky. Represented clients in cases in personal injury, wrongful death, automobile collisions, family law, workers’ compensation, wills, deeds, probate, courtroom appearances for Motions, auction sales, Federal Social Security, S.S.I., and Federal personal injury. Practice areas: appeals/appellate, car accidents, civil rights, criminal law, divorce, family law, injury law, juvenile law, Social Security and S.S.I.

JURY TRIALS WITH VERDICTS: Clay Circuit Court, Manchester, Kentucky; Leslie Circuit Court, Hyden, Kentucky; Knox Circuit Court, Barbourville, Kentucky; Bell Circuit Court, Pineville, Kentucky; Harlan District Court, Harlan, Kentucky; Federal District Court, London, Kentucky and others.

CARL A. SHORT II LAW OFFICE: 2004-2006, prepared letters and pleadings for civil cases and criminal cases; represented clients in hearings in Circuit Civil Court, Circuit Criminal Court, Circuit Family Court, and District Court; represented clients in hearings in Clay, Jackson, Leslie, Laurel, Knox, Whitley, Rockcastle, Fayette, Pulaski, and Bell Counties; represented clients in pleadings in U.S. District Court, London, Kentucky.

KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADVOCACY: 2002-2004, represented indigent clients in approx. 905 cases, including 43 Circuit Court felonies; 106 Circuit Court Contempt and Child Support Enforcement cases; 285 District Court felonies; 69 District Court misdemeanors; and 401 District Court juvenile cases in Harlan and Bell Counties.

RATING: CV Rating with Martindale Hubbell Law Directory since 1997, now Peer Review Rating 2.9.

PRIVATE PRACTICE IN KENTUCKY: 1991-1996, Sole shareholder of Law Firm of KENNETH S. STEPP, P.A., P.S.C. Represented clients in Circuit Court, District Court, Bankruptcy Court, and United States District Court, and in Criminal and Civil cases.

PREVIOUS PRIVATE PRACTICE: 1979-2002, Sole shareholder of Law Firm of KENNETH S. STEPP, P.A., P.S.C., previously STEPP & TRAVIS, P.A.; STEPP, TRAVIS & NELSON, P.A.; KENNETH S. STEPP, P.A.; and KENNETH S. STEPP. Represented clients in Criminal and Civil cases, including over 100 Bankruptcy cases, over 100 Social Security Disability Appeals, over 100 probate cases, and over 500 will preparations.

OTHER PREVIOUS PRIVATE PRACTICE: 1976-1978, MEMBER OF Law Firm of Hawkins, Fitt, Messner & Stepp. Represented clients in many criminal cases, including approximately 15 criminal felony trials, including 1 murder trial. Represented clients in many civil cases.

APPEALS: Kentucky Court of Appeals; Kentucky Board of Workers’ Compensation; United States District Court, London, Kentucky; Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (Federal appeal cases) Cincinnati, Ohio; Appeals Council, Falls Church Virginia (Federal Social Security Appeals); Office of Hearings and Appeals, Social Security Administration (Federal Social Security Appeals); Benefits Review Board, Washington, DC (Federal Black Lung Benefits Appeals), and others.

LEGAL INTERN: Georgia Diagnostic Center, Jackson, Georgia. Interviewed prisoners in state prison, and advised them of their legal rights.


Juris Doctor, School of Law, The University of Georgia.

Master of Science in Management, United States Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management with minor in Economics, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.


The Kentucky Bar Association, since 1991.

The Clay County Bar Association.

The Florida Bar.

State Bar of Georgia (inactive).

FRATERNITIES: Phi Alpha Delta.

VETERAN: United States Navy. Member of Vietnam Veterans of America, Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, The American Legion. 



Pro Bono Service Plaque, presented by Volunteer Lawyers of Appalachian Kentucky, 2006.

Pro Bono Service Award, presented by the Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Project.

Withlacoochee Area Legal Services, Inc., Certificate of Appreciation.

NAM Vets of Citrus County, Honorary Membership.

Listed in Who’s Who in American Law.

Listed in Who’s Who in the United States.

Listed in Directory of Litigation Attorneys.

Listed in West Legal Directory.


“When Can Declaring Bankruptcy Help You?”, The Barbourville Advocate, January 5, 1995.

“Confessions of an Unsuccessful Candidate”, The Orlando Sentinel, insight section.

PERSONAL: Married to the former Wilma Smith of Clay County, Kentucky, and we have our two children living with us.


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