Jerome P. Prather

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Lexington, Kentucky

Garmer & Prather, PLLC
Jerome P. Prather
Garmer & Prather, PLLC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability; view more

Licensed in Kentucky since: 2006

Education: University of Kentucky College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019
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Garmer & Prather, PLLC

141 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40507-1230 Visit website


Attorney Jay Prather is a founding partner of Garmer & Prather, PLLC, in Lexington, Kentucky. A recognized trial attorney with more than 16 years of legal experience, Mr. Prather devotes his practice primarily to personal injury law, and he provides exceptional advocacy and support to clients throughout Kentucky who have complex, pressing legal challenges as a result of any of the following:

·       Truck accidents

·       Aviation and boating accidents

·       Construction accidents

·       Medical malpractice

·       Equine veterinary malpractice

·       Nursing home abuse

·       Dog bites and animal attacks

·       Premises liability

·       Products liability

·       Insurance bad faith

·       Railroad accidents

·       Car accidents

In addition to handling all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims, Mr. Prather also handles whistleblower and qui tam cases as well as wage and hour disputes and other serious employment law matters. He has experience with complex litigation and has been appointed class counsel in several class action lawsuits. Throughout the course of his legal career, he has gained a reputation as a fierce advocate for his clients. He and his firm have secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for those he has served.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Prather helps develop the next generation of lawyers as an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky David J. Rosenberg College of Law, where he teaches medical liability to upper-level law students. He is also a long-time governor of the Kentucky Justice Association, Kentucky's preeminent organization for plaintiffs' lawyers, and is now a district vice president. he holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers and has been selected to the American Inns of Court. Moreover, he has received Superb, 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo as well as numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 2003 cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University, Mr. Prather obtained his Juris Doctor in 2006 from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he has a member of the Kentucky Law Journal and the Moot Court Board. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th, 6th and 11th Circuit. Additionally, he has received admission to practice pro hac vice in Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio.

An active leader in the legal community, Mr. Prather has served in various positions with the Kentucky Justice Association, Kentucky Bar Association, American Inns of Court, and American Constitution Society. He is a member of the Fayette County Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the American and Federal Bar Associations. Outside the office, Jay has been a trustee of the Lexington History Museum, a leader of Crestwood Christian Church, and served numerous other civic assignments over the years.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Pharmaceutical, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10% Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 10% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Professional Liability: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2006, Kentucky

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Kentucky Law Journal, 2004 - 2006
  • Tax exemption of American churches and other non-profits: One election cycle after Branch Ministries v. Rossotti, 94 Ky. L. J. 139 (2005-2006)
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Former chairman, Habitat for Humanity’s Vanderbilt University Campus Chapter
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Vanderbilt Alumni Association, Volunteers
  • Habitat for Humanity, Volunteers 
  • Lexington History Museum, Volunteer and Former Trustee
  • Crestwood Christian Church (Elder)
  • Student Public Interest Law Foundation, Member
  • American Constitution Society, Member
  • Environmental Law Society, Member
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Kentucky Justice Association, District Vice President
  • American Association for Justice
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2011  
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2006
  • Kentucky, 2006
  • Former Member, Central Kentucky, American Inn of Court, 2013
  • Kentucky Justice Association Board of Governors, 2011
Representative Clients:
  • Gonzalez v. Johnson
  • Moot Court Board, Member, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • , Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms
  • Eagle Scout
  • Super Lawyers – 2020
  • Outstanding Third-Year Staff Member of the Kentucky Law Journal, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star – 2014-2019 
  • Rated AV-Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell* peer review *Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards. AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies., AV-Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Benchmark Litigation - Local Litigation Star - 2013, 2014, Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2013
Educational Background:
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, B.A., cum laude | Major: Economics and Political Science, 2003

Office location for Jerome P. Prather

141 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40507-1230

Phone: 859-475-1568


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