Attorneys

Thomas L. Blankenship:Born on September 21, 1963 in Jackson, Tennessee, Tom received a Bachelor of Business Administration† in Accounting, cum laude, from Lambuth College in 1985, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee with honors and was Executive/Research Editor for the Tennessee Law Review from 1987† until† 1988.† Currently he serves as Marshall County Master Commissioner and Public Administrator for the Marshall District Court.† Previously he served as President of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce in 2003 and President of the Kiwansis Club of Benton in 1999.

Tom is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.† He is also a member of the Marshall County, Kentucky, Tennessee and American Bar Associations.† Tomís published cases include Commonwealth of Ky. Cabinet for Human Resources v. Bridewell, 62 S.W.3d 370 (Ky. 2001).

Tom is married to Deborah Blankenship, owner of The Life Associates, Inc.† They reside in Benton with their two sons, John & Robert.

Jeffrey G. Edwards:Born on September 18, 1962 in Madisonville, Kentucky, Jeff graduated from Marshall County High School in 1980.† He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Murray State University in 1984, and his Juris Doctor, from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1987.† Following law school, Jeff began practicing privately in Paducah, Kentucky.† In 1988, he served as Assistant McCracken County Attorney and later Assistant Commonwealth Attorney.† On May 12, 1995 Jeff became Marshall County Attorney and has continued in this capacity and in private practice since that time.† Jeff has served as a member of the Kentucky Prosecutorsí Advisory Board having been appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear in 2007.† Previously he served as Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky/Tennessee Kiwansis International; President of Kiwansis Club of Benton; District Deputy Grand Master Grand Lodge of Kentucky; Past Master Briensburg Masonic Lodge; Chairman of Four Rivers Behavioral Health and Board of Directors of the Benton Baptist Church.††

Jeff is admitted to practice before all of the state courts of Kentucky, the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky and the Supreme Court of the United States.†

A native of Marshall County, Jeff is married to the former Brenda Gregory, who is employed for Marshall County Fiscal Court.† They have two daughters, Morgan & Claire.

Jason F. Darnall:Born on April 15, 1977, Jason graduated from Marshall County High School with honors in 1995.† He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 1999,† and his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2003.† Jason graduated 6th in his class at Chase and was named an editor for the Northern Kentucky Law Review.† Following law school, Jason served as a law clerk for former Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Rick A. Johnson from August 2003 to August 2004.† Since August 2004, he has engaged in the private practice of law and has also served as Assistant Marshall County Attorney, prosecuting both misdemeanor and felony offenses.† Jason has authored and co-authored two scholarly law review articles, PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin: Do We Want Courts Playing the Role of Ultimate Rulemaker and Referee in professional Sports?, Volume 29, Northern Kentucky Law Review, Page 593 (2002), and Arbitral Discovery of Non-Parties, Volume 2001, Journal of Dispute Resolution, Page 321 (2001).† Jasonís published cases include Kegel v. Tillotson, 297 S.W.3d 908 (Ky.App. 2009).††††

Jason is admitted to practice before all state courts in Kentucky, the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky and the Supreme Court of the United States.

A native of Marshall County, Jason is married to the former, Jenny Wood, who teaches English and French at Marshall County High School and co-owns Noteworthy Music Studio.

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