Joe is of Counsel at the Firm and is a member of the Bankruptcy, Financial Restructuring & Workouts and Arbitration & Mediation practices, with 12 years of dedicated service as a judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Joe joined the firm in 1972 and during his 27-year-tenture, created and headed the firm's Bankruptcy practice. He departed SKO in 1999 when he was appointed to the bench of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and rejoined the firm in 2012.
As a bankruptcy judge, Joe served as Chief Judge for 10 years from 2001-2011. His service includes 12 years of mediation of bankruptcy cases from both Eastern and Western districts of Kentucky. Joe served as a judge on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Sixth Circuit from 2005-2008 and as the Bankruptcy Representative of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Council from 2008-2011. He was also a member of the Sixth Circuit Space and Facilities Committee from 2008-2011.
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