In the second judicial district (Bowling Green – Southern Kentucky) Judge Kelly Thompson’s performance as an appellate Judge has been stellar. He has authored in excess of 1,000 majority opinions written with sound legal and practical reasoning and clarity. His dissents have been equally well-written and thought provoking.
Judge Thompson has demonstrated his fairness to all litigants and approached his duties without regard to personal or political views. Through his over forty years as a civil and criminal attorney, he has not only gained the legal knowledge to ably serve on our court of appeals, but also the practical knowledge to understand the consequences of judicial decisions for our businesses and citizens.
Judge Thompson has been an able judge with extensive experience prior to his service as an appellate judge.
Kelly Thompson was elected in November 2006 to serve as a judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He represents the 2nd Appellate District, Division 2.
Judge Thompson was chief trial counsel for the Kentucky Department of Highways in Hardin County from 1972 to 1973 and served as law clerk for the Kentucky Court of Appeals from 1973 to 1974. He then practiced law in Bowling Green from 1974 until his election in 2006. He was the chief public advocate for the 8th Judicial District from 1976 to 1999 and he twice served on the board of directors for the Bowling Green-Warren County Bar Association.
Judge Thompson graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate. He earned his juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1972.
Judge Thompson has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Board of Claims and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has successful appellate experience in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Kentucky and the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He is a recipient of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Donated Legal Services Recognition Award. He has been certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, which is accredited by the American Bar Association to certify lawyers in civil, criminal and family law trial advocacy. Judge Thompson has also served as a board member of numerous civic organizations in Warren County.
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