Jay Vaughn

Jay Vaughn

Trial Lawyer

Hendy | Johnson | Vaughn | Emery

600 W. Main St., Ste. 100 Louisville, KY 40202

Key Facts

Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Murray State University
Legal and Professional Associations
  • Kentucky Justice Association (KJA)
  • Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ): Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, Distracted Driving Litigation Group, Motor Vehicle Section
  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA)
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG)
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association (STLA)
  • Kentucky Bar Association (KBA)
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association (NKBA)

Plaintiff Trial Lawyer of the Year (Co-Winner with Ron Johnson) The Kentucky Trial Court Review (2021)

Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyers (2020-Present)

AAJ Certificate of Recognition (2020)

AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group Chair’s Award of Excellence (2020)

Board Certified Truck Accident Law Advocate By the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) (2019 - Present)

Kentucky Super Lawyers (2013 - Present)

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (2009 - Present)

Award of Appreciation - Outstanding Board Member, Kentucky Justice Association (2007)


Jay was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He received his undergraduate degree from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky in 1999. Jay graduated from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 2002. He is licensed to practice in both Kentucky and Ohio.

 Jay has received Martindale-Hubbell's esteemed "AV" rating, which recognizes lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability. Since 2013, he has been named to the Kentucky Super Lawyers, which recognizes no more than 5% of attorneys in Kentucky. Since, 2020, Jay has recognized as one of the Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyers. Jay has tried numerous cases ranging from automobile collision cases to complex catastrophic injury and death cases. In 2021, Jay along with his partner, Ron Johnson, obtained a $74,000,000 verdict against a paving company for negligently completing a road project resulting in the death of a mother in front of her children. He is asked to speak both locally and nationally to other lawyers having given over 120 presentations on a variety of legal topics.  Jay is currently serving on the Executive Committee as President-Elect for Kentucky Justice Association and is very active with both the American Association for Justice (AAJ) where he is the current Chair-Elect for the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and Education Committee Co-Chair for the Trucking Litigation Group. Jay also serves on the Board of Regents for the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys and is the current Chair of the Safety Committee.

 Jay focuses his practice on commercial motor vehicle, car wreck, personal injury, traumatic brain injury, and wrongful death cases.  He is one of the first 10 Board Certified Truck Accident attorneys in the country, which is an ABA-accredited certification through the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Jay understands that his clients have had their lives turned upside down due to the fault of someone else which is the reason for him working tirelessly to achieve justice for his clients, help make up for what was taken from them and giving them hope for the future.

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