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Experienced Louisville Lawyer J.P. Ward

J.P. Ward is a veteran trial attorney who works with his clients to navigate the complex and risky waters of the legal system. J.P. has advocated for hundreds of people including victims of crime, victims injured due to others’ negligence or wrongdoing, and people accused of crime.  After spending over a decade prosecuting crime as the “Head Trial Attorney” and then a “Division Chief” of district criminal courts, J.P. is now using his skills to fight for you.

J.P. has won judgments against corporations, and individuals as well as negotiated favorable resolutions in complex situations. He has often been featured in local media: Courier Journal, WDRB, WLKY, WAVE3, and even obtained national media coverage, U.S. News and World Report after the successful Jury Trial conviction of a police officer for official misconduct. J.P. believes in being the calming presence in heated situations and searches for creative solutions that benefit his clients.

A graduate of the Louisville Bar Association’s, “Leadership Louisville Academy” J.P. adheres to the highest level of ethical legal practice. J.P. holds a B.A. from the University of Louisville where he was also a scholarship athlete on the Swimming & Diving team. His Juris Doctor and Concentration in Dispute Resolution from the Capital University Law School in Columbus Ohio. While in law school J.P. was awarded an academic scholarship and received the “Book” award for being 1st in his class for both Criminal Procedure and Solo Practice practicum.

J.P. is married to Shanna Hinton Ward; together they have two amazing daughters.


University of Louisville
Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio

Bar Admissions


Reported Cases

Williams v. Commonwealth, 462 S.W.3d 407 (Ky.App. 2015) (Case involving how and when a defendant may be revoked when they are on probation)


News coverage of J.P. Ward convicting police officer of misconduct:





http://www.wlky.com/article/men-wanted-in-milwaukee-rape-case-could-be-tied-to-other-sexual-assaults/10215103 (Case involving the extradition of two men to Wisconsin wanted for sexual abuse)

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2015/10/08/charges-dismissed-against-fairness-director/73575816/ (Dismissing case against Fairness Campaign protestors)

http://www.wdrb.com/story/25070533/officials-say-man-kept-in-jail-more-than-four-months-after-judge-ordered-him-to-be-released (Releasing wrongfully held man)

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/2015/10/20/learn-district-court-judge-candidates/74265932/ (Short Biographical information on J.P. during district court Judge election)

Civic Involvement

J.P. is a founding member and board member of the Mid America Athletic Training Center, Inc. MAATC, Inc. a 501(C)(3) youth diving and acrobatic training organization.