John Dotson

John_DotsonKentucky ElderLaw, PLLC
Elder Law Attorney
2013 – Present

John Dotson assists older clients, their children and other family members with veteran’s Benefits, Nursing Home admittance and stays, Medicaid planning and submission, asset preservation, asset distribution, mental capacity issues, probate, guardianship and other matters, both financial and non-financial. In addition, he drafts legal documents such as Last Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Health Care Surrogates, Trusts and Care Agreements for clients and family members.

John currently serves on the Boards of Directors of The Kentucky and Southern Indiana Stroke Association and of Prodigal Ministries, Inc. He is also currently serving as the Chair of the Deacon body at Broadway Baptist Church and as the Chair-Elect of the KBA Elder Law Section. In March, 2016, John was nominated and selected as one of 20 People to Know in Aging Care by Business First.

Prior to joining Kentucky ElderLaw, John was a civil trial attorney, representing hospitals, doctors, manufacturers, amusement parks and a variety of other businesses. He tried cases from Pineville to Paducah, from London to Leitchfield, from Louisville to Bowling Green, and from Owensboro to Ashland. A number of cases in which John was counsel became reported case law. John argued several cases before the Kentucky Supreme Court, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

During the mid-1990s, John was a member of the Board of Directors of the Louisville Bar Association and served as Chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the Kentucky Bar Association.

Published 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)

University of Kentucky
College of Law
Juris Doctor, 1987

University of Kentucky
B.B.A. Finance, 1984

Kentucky, 1987

John grew up in Glasgow in South Central Kentucky. Several years ago, John 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, first- hand knowledge and a passion for helping older folks and their families.


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