Kimberly

   Kimberly Baird is from Lexington, Kentucky. She graduated from Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky, where she earned a degree in Business Administration and Management. She also earned her law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Kimberly has been an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney since 1996 and became the First Assistant in 2016. She currently facilitates the multi-disciplinary team meetings which investigate and prosecute child sexual abuse cases in Fayette County. She is also a member of the office’s Special Victim’s Unit which focuses on prosecuting crimes committed against some of Lexington’s most sensitive and vulnerable victims. Kimberly continues to be a team leader to the attorneys in the office, and is an advisor and instructor to police officers throughout the state.
traci

   Traci Caneer is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. She graduated from Lexington Catholic High School, the University of Kentucky with a degree in Communications, and the University of Kentucky College of Law. She has been a prosecutor since January 1997 and has developed a specialty in investigating and prosecuting crimes against the elderly.
Kathy

   Kathy Phillips is from Paducah, Kentucky. She is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Kentucky College of Law. She served as a public defender before joining the staff of the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in 1997. She has developed an expertise in the area of sexual assault and domestic violence. As a result of her expertise, she focuses on serious crimes involving both sexual assault and domestic violence.
Dan

   Dan Laren was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in Michigan. He is a veteran of the United States Army Military Police Corps and graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Dan was a prosecutor in Paintsville, Kentucky before joining the staff of the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office in Lexington in 1997. He developed specialized interests in narcotics and property crimes, though his focus since 2015 has been the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed by gang members.
Brad

   Brad Bryant is from Louisville, Kentucky. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Centre College and his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Brad joined the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in October of 2003 and his focus is on the investigation and prosecution of crimes involving firearms.
Katie W

   Kathryn Webster is from Lebanon, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Political Science and received her law degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Katie became familiar with the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office as a victim and witness to a crime, and she joined the staff as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in October 2011. She focuses on the prosecution of crimes involving domestic violence. Katie was elected to the Board of Directors for Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center of the Bluegrass.
Amanda

   Amanda Naish is from Versailles, Kentucky. She graduated from Transylvania University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She earned her law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. She worked in this office from 1998-2003 as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. She rejoined the staff of the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office in September of 2012. Amanda focuses on the issue of restitution and specializes in the prosecution of human trafficking and child sexual abuse cases.
Eric

   Eric Finke is originally from the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After moving to Lexington, he attended the University of Kentucky College of Law where he obtained his Law Degree. Upon graduation, he served as the Staff Attorney in the office of Retired Chief Judge Thomas Clark of the Fayette Circuit Court. He joined the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in 2016 where he prosecutes a wide range of felony cases, concentrating on narcotics and violent crimes. Outside the office, Eric enjoys spending time with his family, sports, and serving the community through his Church.
Todd

   Todd Willard is from Oldham County, Kentucky. He graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in biochemistry, then earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Todd clerked for Judge Joe Huddlestone of the Kentucky Court of Appeals before spending several years in civil litigation, primarily medical malpractice defense. He joined the staff of the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in July 2017 and works with the multi-disciplinary team that investigates and prosecutes crimes against children.
Amanda Parker

   Amanda Parker is originally from Germantown, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice and earned her law degree from Wake Forest University. After moving to Lexington, Amanda worked as an Assistant County Attorney in general prosecution for the Fayette County Attorney’s Office. She joined the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in 2018.
Jenna

   Jenna Cassady began her career at the Office of the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2011 as a victim advocate. She later attended the University of Kentucky College of Law. Throughout law school, she continued working in prosecution-based victim advocacy and interned in the Special Victims Unit at the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General. Jenna is a licensed attorney in Florida and Kentucky. She is a former Miami-Dade prosecutor of domestic violence crimes. She presents at various conferences and educational settings on topics related to criminal justice, survivor empowerment, and sexual assault.
Aubrey

   Aubrey McGuire is from Tampa, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg before moving to Lexington to attend the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law. While earning her Juris Doctorate, Aubrey worked at the Office of the Fayette County Commonwealth’s Attorney as an intern and law clerk, where she tried her first case under a limited license. She has a passion for finding justice for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Keenon

   Rodman Keenon Swinford was born and raised in Lexington, KY. He is a graduate of Henry Clay High School. He received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from The University of Alabama. He went on to earn his J.D. from Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, VA. Keenon worked for several years as an Assistant Public Defender in Madison County. In 2018, he went to work for the Fayette County Attorney’s Office as an Assistant County Attorney. He then joined the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in 2020. When Keenon isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and watching Alabama football.
Tressa

   Tressa Root is from Lexington, Kentucky. She is a graduate of Bryan Station High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University and went on to earn her law degree from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law. She is a licensed attorney in Texas and Kentucky. She is a former Texas prosecutor as well as a former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Christian County.
James

   James P. Judge was born and raised on Long Island, New York. He earned his law degree from Hofstra University in 2011. He moved to Lexington, Kentucky in 2016 after his wife was accepted into a graduate program at UK. James spent the first five years of his law career in private practice in New York. After moving to Kentucky, he worked in the criminal appeals division of the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office. The highlight of his career was arguing before the Kentucky Supreme Court with his thirteen day old son in the gallery. James enjoys spending time with his family and at the Bluegrass Sportsmen’s League.
Ryan

   Ryan Miller relocated to Lexington from the Washington, DC area in the fall of 2019. Ms. Miller is an experienced prosecutor, having served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, and as a Staff Attorney with the National District Attorney’s Association. Ms. Miller most recently was Assistant General Counsel for the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS), the commitment agency for juvenile delinquents in the District of Columbia. Ms. Miller earned her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Miller also attended the University of St. Andrews in Scotland as the Robert Lincoln McNeil Exchange Scholar.
AndrewG

   Andrew Gillespie is originally from Roanoke, VA. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and went on to earn his Law Degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2020. Andrew first joined the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in the summer of 2019 as an intern and continued working for the office as a law clerk while earning his Law Degree. Andrew joined the office as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2020.
Connie

   Connie Malone is originally from Paducah, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in English and earned her law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. She is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Connie started her legal career as a prosecutor with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and subsequently served as an appellate prosecutor, Director of the Criminal Appeals Division for the Office of the Attorney General, Deputy General Counsel for the Department of Corrections, and, most recently, as Deputy General Counsel for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Justice Cabinet. She has returned to the office to focus on expungement cases.
Tyler Scott

   Tyler Scott is a 2017 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland Ohio. While at Case Western he was a member of the Moot Court Team and Associate Editor of the Health Matrix Journal of Law-Medicine. Tyler earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice and Police Studies from Eastern Kentucky University in 2012. Before coming to our office Tyler was a public defender in Glasgow, KY and a staff attorney to Warren County Family Court Judge Catherine Rice Holderfield.
Mike Malone

   Mike Malone is our Commonwealth's Detective and has rejoined as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

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