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John C. Whitfield

John C. Whitfield

Founding Partner

Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP
19 N. Main Street
Madisonville, KY 42431

work Main Telephone: 270-821-0656
pref Direct Telephone: 270-452-1297
fax Fax: 270-825-1163
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For nearly 30 years, John has been one of Kentucky’s premier trial attorneys. He has represented numerous injured parties in the Paducah, Ohio Valley and Western Kentucky areas. He has concentrated primarily on complex civil litigation cases, and over his career has brought to settlement or judgment over 30 cases in excess of a million dollars each.

John is certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy* and has represented individuals in all walks of life against negligent workplace practices, reckless physicians, predatory businesses, and inattentive automobile and truck drivers.

Throughout his career, John has represented scores of patients who have been the victims of medical negligence, obtaining verdicts and settlements in both state and federal courts. He has handled cases for landowners victim to fraudulent mine royalty practices, for homeowners whose homes and business contained defective concrete, and for Kentucky residents who were overcharged for premium insurance taxes. In addition, John’s trial experience extends to the defense of individuals in criminal cases.

John is a frequent lecturer of litigation subjects with the Kentucky Justice Association and American Association for Justice, and has been recognized as a Kentucky Super Lawyer. He is AV rated by the Martindale-Hubbell rating service.

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Justice Association (Contributing Editor of Trial Practice Magazine The Advocate)
  • American Association for Justice (Member Litigation, Medical negligence, and Railroad Sections)
  • Kentucky Attorney Disciplinary System (Trial Commissioner)
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Hopkins County Bar Association
  • Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman, 2000 - 2001
  • Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Contributing Editor of Trial Practice for The Advocate, 1998 - Present
  • Kentucky Attorney Disciplinary System, Trial Commissioner, 1998 - Present
  • Hopkins Bar Association, Member, 1984 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1984 - Present
  • Hopkins County Salvation Army, Board Member, 1996 - Present


  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (B.A. with distinction) 1979
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (J.D.) 1982

 Practice highlights

  • Lead Counsel in a products liability case against a cosmetic manufacturer 
  • Lead Counsel in a products case where the design flaw of a shuttle car resulted in the death of a miner, resulting in a $625,000 settlement.
  • Lead Counsel in a case involving negligent nursing supervision of intensive care monitoring, resulting in a confidential six figure settlement.  
  • February 2013: Co-lead Counsel on a three week jury trial in Madisonville, Kentucky resulting in a $1.39 million verdict in favor of a church and a business against two coal companies for causing subsidence to their properties
  • Co-Lead Counsel in the Pyro Mine Disaster that claimed the lives of 10 miners at the Williams Station Mine in Union County Kentucky
  • Counsel for recipients of the Bjork Shiley heart valve, leading to a worldwide settlement against the manufacturer
  • Obtained numerous million dollar judgments for various landowners throughout Kentucky who were victims of fraudulent mine royalty practices
  • Represented hundreds of homeowners in Western Kentucky for defective concrete utilized in their homes and businesses
  • Co-counsel in 2009 for a class of Kentucky residents overcharged for premium insurance taxes, resulting in settlements against insurance companies for several million dollars
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 You can reach John at 270-821-0656 or by emailing him at john@wbmllp.com


*Please note that Kentucky does not certify specialties in legal fields.