Williams Kilpatrick, PLLC, Attorneys and Partners, John M. Williams and Melanie J. Kilpatrick, were recognized in the 30th edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for their work in Energy Law, Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment, and Mining Law. 

John M. Williams

The oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, The Best Lawyers in America© was first published in 1983 and has operated on the same peer-review process since then. Recognition in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers publications have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. 

John M. Williams is a partner in Williams Kilpatrick, PLLC, in Lexington, Kentucky. John graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Business Administration and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky. He is AV© Rated by Martindale Hubbell and is a Kentucky Super Lawyer™ as rated by Thompson Reuters. He represents numerous mineral operators in safety matters before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. He is a frequent on mine safety and litigation issues. John also maintains a civil practice outside the mineral area, representing numerous businesses and individuals in civil litigation in both state and federal court. He also assists clients in a wide range of business matters ranging from business formation to transactions.  

John has served on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Kentucky, Inc. for over 20 years. He is also a Trustee for the Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program Foundation, Inc. and a volunteer counselor for the Kentucky Bar Association Lawyers Assistance Program.

Melanie Kilpatrick

Melanie J. Kilpatrick is a partner in Williams Kilpatrick, PLLC, in Lexington, Kentucky. She practices in the areas of mineral and energy, employment law, and commercial litigation. She is experienced in arguing appellate cases before the United States Court of Appeals, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. Ms. Kilpatrick has been admitted to practice before the Kentucky Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, and D.C. Circuits.

Melanie serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Kentucky Law Alumni Association. She is a member of the Fayette County, Kentucky, Federal, and American Bar Associations, and serves on the Scholarship Committee of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation. She has been recognized in the listing of Kentucky Super Lawyers from 2012 to 2021.

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