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Mitchum A. Whitaker

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Biography

Nobody can relate with injury victims like Mitch. When he was only 17 years old, he received news that no teenager should have to hear; his parents were hit by a drunk driver. Mitch’s father only suffered minor injuries, but tragically, his mother was unable to recover from her severe injuries and passed away the next day.

While the emotional toll on Mitch and his family was unbearable, the financial toll almost cost them everything. The drunk driver was uninsured and his mother’s insurance company only offered a fraction of the outstanding medical and funeral bills. Faced with financial uncertainty and harassing bill collectors, Mitch’s father could have easily accepted the insurance company’s low offer, as many victims feel like it is the best they can do. Fortunately, though, he hired an attorney who took the company to court and got the family a much more reasonable settlement. Although the settlement could never replace what was taken from him, it allowed Mitch and his family to recover from a financial situation that they never should have been in.

Over ten years later, Mitch has turned this tragedy into a source of inspiration for his career. Unlike most attorneys, Mitch does not have to imagine the struggles that injury victims face. He has lived them. This level of understanding provides our clients with a level of service that cannot be attained anywhere else.

Mitch is a native of the Eastern Kentucky Coalfields and graduated from Letcher County Central High School in 2011. After taking an interest in the local 4-H club, he attended the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. During college, Mitch served as the president of his fraternity and underwent several notable internships, including positions with U.S. Representative Hal Rogers and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

After graduation, he worked in the agricultural sector as an assistant manager of a feed mill in Cincinnati, OH and as a sales representative in Sioux Falls, SD. He then returned to his home state to attend the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he has served in various leadership positions. Notably, he was elected president of the Appalachian Law Caucus, a student organization focusing on Appalachian legal issues, and as the At-Large Representative of the Student Bar Association.

In addition to working on behalf of injury victims in Eastern and Central Kentucky, Mitch enjoys spending time watching Netflix with his wife, Brandy, and their little dog, Milly. When he is not thinking about work or his family, his mind is usually focused on farming. Mitch loves to talk with other agriculturists and can often be found at local farmer’s markets. He hopes to run his own farm in the future, but for now, his only livestock is a pug-chihuahua mix.

Education

  • University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law, Lexington, KY
    • Juris Doctor – Expected 2021
  • University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Lexington, KY
    • B.S. – 2015
    • Major: Agricultural Economics
    • Minor: Business

Professional Associations

  • Kentucky Justice Association – Member, 2019 to Present
  • American Agricultural Law Association – Member, 2020 to Present

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Freemason