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James W. Baechtold

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Practice Areas:

  • State & Federal Criminal Defense
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Adoption


James W. Baechtold, born Lexington, Kentucky, February 28th, 1968; admitted to bar, 1994, Kentucky; 1997, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky. Education: University of Kentucky (B.A., with distinction, 1990; J.D., 1993). Member: Madison County (President, 1997; Vice President, 1996; Secretary 1995), Kentucky and American Bar Associations; Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1993
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Honors: With High Distinction
    • Major: History

Bar Admission

  • Kentucky, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1997

Representative Cases

  • Harrison v. Leach, 323 S.W.3d 702, 2010, Kentucky Supreme Court


  • Recipient of Thomas P. Bell Law School Scholarship, 1990 - 1993

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Coach Model High School Mock Trial, 1994 to 1999

Past Positions

  • Department of Public Advocacy, Attorney, 1993 to 1996

Ancillary Businesses

  • Law Pharm, LLC, Real Estate Investments

Professional Associations

  • Madison County Bar Association, President, 1997
  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member
  • Kentucky Justice Association, Member
  • Madison County Bar Association, Member
  • Madison County Bar Association, Vice President, 1996
  • Madison County Bar Association, Secretary, 1995
  • Madison County Bar Association, Former President
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Current Employment Position

  • Partner