Dotson, John

John Dotson

Practice Areas:

  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Guardianship
  • Life Care Planning
  • VA Benefits & Planning
  • VA AID & Attendance
  • Long Term Care Planning
  • Legal Documents
  • Medicaid

John Dotson


John is a partner at Kentucky ElderLaw, PLLC, and focuses his practice on elder law and estate planning. John grew up in Glasgow in South Central Kentucky. Several years ago, he served as the court-appointed guardian for his aunt, who was in a Glasgow nursing home. This experience had a significant impact on the way John viewed many things related to caring for older people. Having in mind the needs of and the questions posed by older members of his own family, John joined Kentucky ElderLaw to serve and respond to the needs of older clients and their families. He brings legal experience, compassion, firsthand knowledge, and a passion for helping older residents and their families.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    Juris Doctor – 1987
  • University of Kentucky
    B.B.A. – 1984
    Major: Finance

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1987


  • Nominated and selected as one of 20 People to Know in Aging Care by Business First, 2016

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Chair, Deacon body at Broadway Baptist Church

Representative Cases

  • Owens Corning Fiberglas Corp. v. Parrish,58 S.W.3d 467 (Ky. 2001)
  • Carroll v. Owens Corning Fiberglas Corp.,37 S.W.3d 699 (Ky. 2000)
  • Barnes v. Owens Corning Fiberglas Corp.,201 F.3d 815 (Sixth Cir. 2000)
  • Becht v. Owens Corning Fiberglas Corp., 196 F.3d 650 (Sixth Cir. 1999)
  • Vanderbilt Mortg. & Fin., Inc. v. Griggs, 965 F.2d 54 (Sixth Cir. 1992)
  • Gen. Elec. Co. v. Sargent & Lundy, 916 F.2d 1119 (Sixth Cir. 1990)

Professional Associations

  • The Kentucky and Southern Indiana Stroke Association, Boards of Directors, Treasurer
  • Prodigal Ministries, Inc., Boards of Directors, Former Board Member
  • Former Chair-Elect, KBA Elder Law Section
  • Board of Directors of the Louisville Bar Association, Member, 1990
  • Young Lawyers Section of the Kentucky Bar Association, Former Chair

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