Jack S. Gatlin

Jack S. Gatlin

Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

Jack concentrates his practice in three primary areas: municipality law, small business law and complex litigation. Additionally, he has significant experience in strategic business planning and consulting as well as dispute resolutions.

Jack currently serves as the Erlanger City Attorney, Independence City Attorney and served as the Grant County, Kentucky County Attorney and attorney for the Grant County Fiscal Court from 2003-2009.  He has also routinely represented municipalities throughout Kentucky and Ohio on litigation issues.  During his time as Grant County Attorney, Jack handled extensive litigation in federal court defending United States Code Section 1983 actions.

As a complex litigator and trial attorney, having tried dozens of cases to a jury in Ohio and Kentucky, Jack has experience litigating matters on behalf of businesses, banks and individuals.  He has been lead attorney in numerous matters and covering a wide variety of issues including, multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes; contract disputes; construction litigation; shareholder, member and partner disputes; breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and other business torts; residential, HUD, and commercial lease litigation; real estate litigation and title disputes; major felony criminal defense; estate litigation including will contests; fire and theft losses, and; environmental and toxic torts.

As a small business attorney, Jack serves as general counsel to many small and mid-sized corporations and has extensive experience counseling owners, executives, and officers in all areas of their business, including corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, dissolution, succession planning, contract formation, government regulation, employment decisions, and property ownership and management.

Jack has received numerous accolades and achievements including being an Ohio and Kentucky Rising Star.  He also has received the highest rating of AV from Martindale Hubbell as well as a 10.0 rating from AVVO.  Jack is a former Managing Partner of a regional law firm and currently serves as the Northern Kentucky Bar Association President.  He has been dedicated to the community over his entire career, having served as a board member on the Grant County Tourism Commission; Dry Ridge Soup Kitchen, and; Grant County Chamber Vision 2020.  Further, he has served as Chairman of the Grant County Joint Industrial Development Authority and Chairman of the Cincinnati Real Estate Cooperative. 

Jack grew up in Louisville Kentucky and was in undergraduate and law school at the University of Kentucky.  At the University of Kentucky, Jack met his wife and law partner April Gatlin.  April and Jack have four children in the Boone County schools and they reside in Union.  Jack has extensive youth coaching experience and enjoys spending time with his kids and attending UK sporting events.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Litigation
  • 20% Municipality
  • 15% Domestic
  • 15% Bankruptcy

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2001
  • Ohio, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2015


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 2001
  • University of Kentucky
    • B.S. - 1998
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Accounting

Published Works

  • Dampened Dreams, OACTA, Summer, 2012
  • Managing Cash Flow, Impact, September, 2011

Representative Clients

  • Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company
  • City of Independence
  • City of Erlanger
  • EMC Insurance Company


  • Top 8 Title Defects- Cured, NBI, 2013
  • Managing Litigation, Cincinnati Assoc. of Corp. Counsel, 2013

Honors and Awards

  • Department of Public Advocacy Distinguished Service Award, 2004
  • AVVO Excellent Rated Attorney
  • AV Pre-eminent Rating - Martindale Hubbell, 2013 - 2016
  • Kentucky Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2013 - Present
  • Ohio and Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013 - 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 2001 - 2016
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Member
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2011 - Present
  • West End Real Estate Cooperative, Chairman of Board of Trustees, 2013 - Present
  • Potter Inn of Court
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 2003 - 2016

Past Employment Positions

  • Freund Freeze & Arnold, Member, 2011 - 2016
  • Strauss & Troy, LPA, Attorney, 2010 - 2011
  • Gatlin Voelker, PLLC, Attorney, 2001 - 2010
  • Grant County , Assistant Attorney, 2003 - 2007
  • Grant County , Attorney, 2007 - 2008
  • Arthur Andersen, Tax Associate, 2001 - 2002
  • Ackman Lorenz Gatlin Voelker, Member, 2003 - 2010

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chairman of Board of Directors, Grant County Joint Industrial Authority, 2003 - 2012
  • Board of Directors, Dry Ridge Soup Kitchen, 2008 - 2014
  • Board of Directors, Covington Rotary Board, 2011 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Grant County Tourism Commission, 2008 - 2010
  • Membership Director,Central Cincinnati Referral Group, 2010 - Present
  • Board Member, Cincinnati Drop Inn Center, 2010 - 2012
  • Board Member, Cincinnati Community Land Co-Op
  • Alumnus, University of Kentucky School of Accounting
  • Alumnus, University of Kentucky School of Law
  • Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce
  • Covington Rotary Club
  • Grant County Chamber


  • English