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“I love to settle cases for our clients, but sometimes our only option is to present our client’s case to a judge.  Litigation forces the insurance company to play fair or accept the consequences.”
Jim served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Kentucky Department of Workers Claims for nearly two decades prior to joining the Hughes & Coleman team. His experience as a judge helps to provide him a unique approach and interpretation to each of his cases.

Following law school, Jim served as a law clerk for the Honorable Scott E. Reed, a federal district judge in the Eastern District of Kentucky.  Soon after, he was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky where he represented the citizens of the United States in state and federal court.  One of his greatest highlights in this position was presenting up to sixty internationals to the federal judge for confirmation as they proudly became United States citizens.

Jim then became an insurance defense attorney and had six jury trials alone in 1990.  To him, there is no better feeling than the moment when the judge announces the jury has reached a verdict. In May of 1992, Mr. Kerr was appointed by Governor Brereton Jones as an Administrative Law Judge for the Kentucky Department of Workers Claims. Throughout his twenty year tenure, he conducted over 3,000 hearings.

He attended the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada in 1993. In 2010, Mr. Kerr and a fellow judge were appointed adjunct professors of law at the University of Louisville Law School where they taught workers compensation classes.

Upon retirement on December 31, 2011, Jim came to work at Hughes & Coleman and presently serves clients with Kentucky-based workers compensation and social security claims.

Jim is happily married to his wife, Patti, and together they have six children and six grandchildren in their blended family.  During his downtime, he enjoys reading and traveling.

  • Northern Kentucky University, Bachelor of Arts
  • Xavier University, Master of Business Administration
  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of Cincinnati, Doctor of Education
  • State Bar of Kentucky
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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