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Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL)

About the KACDL


  • Founded: 1986
  • Focus: Criminal Defense
  • OrgType: Nonprofit
  • Location: Hebron, Kentucky
  • Website: www.kacdl.net
  • President: Angela Rea
  • Executive Director: Donna Brown

Mission and History

Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL) was established in 1986 to counteract problems with the drafting of Kentucky's Truth-in-Sentencing law. Since that time, KACDL has continued to provide legislators with a more complete picture of how new laws impact the administration of criminal justice in Kentucky. 

Over the past 25 years KACDL has expanded its purpose to include networking, advocacy and educational opportunities for Kentucky criminal defense lawyers. The KACDL holds various seminars and events throughout the year to bring criminal defense lawyers together and offers an platform for criminal defense lawyers to exchange valuable information and practice for client cases. 

The KACDL continues to bring importance to the adherence of the bills of rights in the constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a way to uphold the American justice system. The KACDL is an affiliate organization of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). 



Board of Directors

Angela Marie Rea
Louisville, KY
Brad Dale Clark
President Elect
Lexington, KY
Karen E Faulkner
First Vice President
Louisville, KY
Donna Brown
Donna Brown
Executive Director
Hebron, KY
Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto
Legislative Agent
Lexington, KY

KACDL Frank E. Haddad, Jr. Award Recipients

Presented to a criminal defense lawyer in recognition of exceptional professional achievement which has had a profound effect and sustained impact on the protection of the constitutional rights of citizens accused or convicted of a criminal offense.

Steven Rush Romines
Louisville, KY
Daniel T Goyette
Louisville, KY
William G Deatherage Jr
Hopkinsville, KY
Brian Scott West
Richmond, KY
Daniel T. Taylor III
Daniel T. Taylor III
Prospect, KY

KACDL Members Active on Lawyer Legion

William M Butler
William M. Butler, Attorney at Law
Louisville, KY
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Brent Cox
Lexington, KY
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Patrick S McClure
McClure, McClure & Bailey PLLC
Danville, KY
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Christy Howell Sweeney
The Law Office of CH Sweeney, PLLC
Lexington, KY
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Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison, Attorney at Law
Louisville, KY
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Joe Suhre IV
Suhre & Associates, LLC
Cincinnati, OH
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Contact the KACDL

Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL)
P.O. Box 326
Hebron, KY 41048
Office: (502) 594-1375

More About KACDL

Benefits of Membership

Benefits of membership in the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers include:

  • networking with some of the top criminal defense attorneys in Kentucky;
  • attending annual CLE seminars and courses with reduced rates;
  • a listing on the KACDL's website designed with a "Find a Lawyer" search feature in the membership directory which can result in quality referrals from other attorneys and members of the public; and
  • help from the KACDL Strike Force when an attorney faces an unjustified treat of legal action in the course of representing a client.

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Kentucky

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Kentucky which includes both KACDL members and non-members amongst a broader directory of Kentucky lawyers. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the KACDL and other professional associations. This includes recognition for KACDL Life Members and KACDL members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the KACDL.

Use this directory to find a Kentucky criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

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