Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys (ACA’s)

Bill Adams

William D. Adams received his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1986 and came to the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in October of 1990. Before coming to the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney Mr. Adams worked in private practice. Mr. Adams received his Bachelor of Science in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville in 1981 and his Juris Doctor from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 1985. Mr. Adams instructs for the Louisville Division of Police as an instructor in the areas of Narcotics and Search and Seizure. Mr. Adams is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association. Mr. Adams is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. After serving as Deputy Division Chief, Mr. Adams became Senior Narcotics Prosecutor. He is currently assigned to the Narcotics Unit.

Shelly Alvey

Mrs. Alvey received her Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors in History and Political Science from Morehead State University in 1998. At Morehead State University she was an active member of Chi Omega Sorority. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Law and is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association.  She has regularly taught Trial Practice and coached Championship Mock Trial Teams through the University of Louisville College of Law. Mrs. Alvey began her prosecutorial career at the Jefferson County Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney where she focused on the prosecution of violent offenders and impaired drivers who had seriously injured or caused the death of another person. In 2005, Mrs. Alvey opened and operated a private law practice which focused on the representation of clients in criminal and family law matters in state and federal court. In January of 2011 she joined the Office of the Bullitt County Attorney and her primary area of responsibility focused on the protection of children and traffic safety. Specifically, she was the First Assistant Bullitt County Attorney and the Chief Prosecutor of Juvenile Court which included the prosecution of juveniles charged with criminal and status offenses and parents and caregivers charged with abusing or neglecting children. Additionally, she supervised the prosecution of impaired (DUI) drivers. In June of 2014, Mrs. Alvey returned to the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. She is currently assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit, is a member of the FAST Team, and serves as the Robbery Liaison.

Mark Baker

Mr. Baker received his license to practice law in 1994, and he joined the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in August, 2004. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1994 after receiving his BS in Business from UK. After 5 years of a varied private practice in Central City, KY, he served as an Assistant Public Advocate in the Capital Trial Unit of the Department for Public Advocacy for five years. In that position, Mr. Baker tried 19 jury trials to verdict, including 4 capital cases. He is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association. Formerly the office Robbery Liason, Mr. Baker is a recognized expert on asset forfeiture matters. He currently is the Division Chief for General Trial Division B.

John Balenovich

Mr. Balenovich received his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2005 and joined the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in October 2008. Previously, Mr. Balenovich engaged in the private practice of civil law locally and throughout most of West Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy/Sociology/Psychology from Bellarmine University in 2001, his M.S. Degree in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville in 2006, and his J.D. Degree from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 2005. In his last year of law school, Mr. Balenovich participated in a Criminal Justice externship in this office. He has published several articles about criminal law and is a trained mediator. Mr. Balenovich is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association, and he is currently assigned to the Heroin Rocket Docket.

John Balliet

Mr. Balliet received his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1990 and came to the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in September of 1990. Mr. Balliet received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stanford University in 1967 and his Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco in 1971. Before coming to the Commonwealth, Mr. Balliet worked as a solo practitioner from 1972 to 1974 and as a Partner in the law firm of Balliet & Jacomb from 1974 to 1990. Mr. Balliet has been active in Citizens for Better Judges and served on the Louisville Bar Association, Professional Responsibility Committee from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Balliet received the Defender Achievement Award from the California Public Defender’s Association in 1986. Since moving to Kentucky he received the Prosecutor of the Year Award presented by the Kentuckianas’ Voice for Crime Victims for 1994. Mr. Balliet is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association, and an inactive member of the California Bar Association. Mr. Balliet was certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization from 1978 to 1990. Mr. Balliet serves as the office Homicide Liaison and is assigned to the  Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit.

Nathan Ray Batey II

Mr. Batey received his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2012 and became an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in July of 2014. Before becoming an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Mr. Batey worked at the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office where he focused on Domestic Violence, Child Physical Abuse, and Sexual Assault prosecution. Mr. Batey received his Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee: University of the South where he double majored in Classics and Theater and received a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Mr. Batey graduated and received his J.D. from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 2012. While in law school, Mr. Batey competed on moot court teams, the intra-state mock trial team, and was a semi-finalist in the University of Louisville Pirtle Washer Oral Advocacy Competition. Additionally, he served as a representative for the school’s diversity council, was a member of Lambda Law Caucus as well as a member of the school’s Honor Council. Mr. Batey is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association, a member of the Office’s FAST team, and currently assigned to the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit.

Andrew Beckman

Mr. Beckman is a 2013 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, and he received his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2014. He received his B.A. in Literature and Philosophy from Murray State University in 2009. Mr. Beckman worked as a Law Clerk in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for two years, eventually rising to the rank of Senior Law Clerk. He is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Beckman is currently assigned to General Trial Division A.

Jan Brightwell

Ms. Brightwell received her license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1987 and came to the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in February of 1988. Ms. Brightwell received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 1984 and her Juris Doctor from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 1987. Ms. Brightwell has been a speaker at the University of Louisville’s Career day and an Instructor for the Louisville Division of Police, the Jefferson County Police and the Jeffersontown Police Departments. Ms. Brightwell also served on the Attorney General’s Prescription Drug Task Force. Ms. Brightwell has published two legal Articles: Liability of Creditor and Repossession Agent for Wrongful Repossession and Tortious Acts Committed During Repossession, 42 Am Jur Proof of Facts 3d 355 (1997) and Negligent Issuance of Life Insurance Policy resulting in Injury to, or Death of Insured, 37 Am Jur Proof of Facts 3d 149 (1996). Ms. Brightwell is a professional member of the following organizations: Kentucky Bar Association, Louisville Bar Association, Kentucky Academy of Justice, and the National District Attorney’s Association. Ms. Brightwell has been admitted to the United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky. Ms. Brightwell was formerly the Division Chief of the Unified Special Prosecutions Unit of the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Ms. Brightwell is currently assigned to the Rocket Docket where she is the Division Chief.

Philip Bronson

Mr. Bronson is a 2014 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law and received his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2014. He received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Dayton in 2008. Before law school Mr. Bronson spent 3 years in Jacksonville, FL as a Teach for America middle school teacher. He joined the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Bronson externed at the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Jefferson and Campbell County, interned at the Cincinnati Prosecutor’s Office, and interned with Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa. He is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association. Mr. Bronson is currently assigned to the Narcotics Unit.

Emily Cecil

Ms. Cecil was admitted to the practice of law in 2014 after graduating from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law in May 2014. While at Brandeis, she worked as a law clerk for the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office for two and a half years. Also as a law student, she served as a student attorney at the UofL Law Clinic, where she used a limited license to represent indigent clients in Emergency Protective Order hearings, divorce actions, and housing cases. Prior to law school, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Louisville with a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.S. in Justice Administration. Ms. Cecil is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and Louisville Bar Association. She is currently assigned to General Trial Division C.

Ryane Conroy

Ms. Conroy received her license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2003. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Bellarmine University (Summa Cum Laude) in 2000 and graduated from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville (Magna Cum Laude) in 2003. While at Bellarmine, she was a member of the Bellarmine College National Championship Mock Trial Team in 1999. Ms. Conroy is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association. She currently serves as the Division Chief of General Trial Division C, and participates in the training of new prosecutors in the office.

Jeffrey Cooke

Mr. Cooke received his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1977 and became an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in April 2011. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History (With Distinction) from the University of Virginia in 1974, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1977. While in law school, he worked as a Law Clerk for Frank E. Haddad, Jr., one of the icons of Kentucky criminal legal practice. After graduating from law school, he worked for both Frank E. Haddad, Jr. and Associates and for Morgan and Pottinger, PSC. From 1996 to 2010, Mr. Cooke was President of both Jim Cooke Buick, Inc. and BMW Motorcycles of Louisville. While in the automobile business, he served as the President of the Greater Louisville Automobile Dealers Association and on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Automobile Dealers Association. He was also a recipient of the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award.

Mr. Cooke has been very active in community and volunteer activities. He has served in the past on the Board of Directors and as President of the Louisville Forum. A 1988 graduate of Leadership Louisville, he has also served as Chairman of the Louisville Metro Police Fifth District Citizens’ Advisory Board, and on the YMCA Shelter House Board of Directors. He is also a graduate of the FBI Louisville Citizens’ Academy and a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association. He is currently assigned to General Trial General Trial Division B.

Critt Cunningham

Mr. Cunningham is an Eagle Scout from Troop 115 (Beargrass Christian Church) and a proud graduate of the Louisville Bar Leadership Academy (2011). He has served as a Board Member for Kentucky and Southern Indiana Stroke Association and for Wesley Manor Retirement Homes. His education includes: Waggener High School (1996), Vanderbilt University cum laude (2000), and the University Of Kentucky College Of Law (2003). In law school, Mr. Cunningham was on the Trial Advocacy Board and had the good fortune to be a Student Clerk for the late, Hon. Justice James Keller of the Kentucky Supreme Court. In his decade of private legal practice, Mr. Cunningham primarily handled probate and elder law issues. While an Assistant Jefferson County Attorney, he served on the criminal staff as a Juvenile Prosecutor and was a designee to the LCJC (Louisville Criminal Justice Commission). On the civil staff, he was counsel for the Office of the County Clerk, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Legal Records Department, and the Jefferson County Board of Elections. Later, he was commissioned by the Governor to work in the Public Protection Cabinet as a staff attorney for the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions. In this civil and administrative role he was the primary attorney for compliance, investigation, and enforcement of the state’s mortgage loan industry and the state’s consumer loan industry. He also helped enforce the state securities industry (Blue Sky Laws). Mr. Cunningham is a second generation prosecutor and happy to be at the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in the Violent Crimes Unit.

Frank Dahl

Mr. Dahl is a 2006 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, and he received his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2007. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Louisville in 2002. Mr. Dahl worked as a Law Clerk in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for two and one-half years, eventually rising to the rank of Senior Law Clerk. Prior to that, he was a Social Service Worker for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for almost two years. He is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Dahl is the Division Chief of the Narcotics Unit and the Heroin Rocket Docket.

Scott Drabenstadt

Mr. Drabenstadt received his law degree from William and Mary Law School in 1995. A member of the Kentucky Bar since 1996, he is also licensed as a member of the bar in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography from the University of Oklahoma in 1992. Mr. Drabenstadt was a staff attorney with the Louisville Public Defender from 1996 to 2000. He joined the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2017 after practicing for 17 years as a criminal defense attorney in Louisville. He is assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit.

Richard Elder

Mr. Elder received his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2010, and he joined the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in January 2011. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Louisville in Political Science in 2007, and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Louisville School of Law with his Juris Doctor Degree in 2010. He served the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney as a Law Clerk for almost three years, and also clerked for a local private attorney. He also served a law school externship in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Mr. Elder is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association and is assigned to Narcotics Unit.

Christie J. Foster

Ms. Foster received her license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1997 and became an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in July of 2001. Ms. Foster received her Bachelor of Arts in History/Government in 1994 from Western Kentucky University and her Juris Doctor in 1997 from Tulane University. Before becoming an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Ms. Foster worked as an Associate for Sewell & Associates from 1998 to June of 2001. Ms. Foster also worked as a Student Attorney for the Tulane University Criminal Law Clinic from 1996 to 1997, as a Clerk for Seiller & Handmaker during the summer of 1996 and as a Clerk for Georgia Legal Services during the summer of 1995.

In addition, Ms. Foster is a member of Business and Professional Women/River City and a volunteer with Gilda’s Club Louisville. She was bestowed with a 2009 Emily Award for her volunteer service with Gilda’s Club. Ms. Foster is a professional member of the Indiana Bar Association and the Kentucky Bar Association. Ms. Foster is the Division Chief of the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit and serves as the Arson Liaison.

Dorislee Gilbert

Mrs. Gilbert received her license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2002, and joined the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in June of 2004. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from Kentucky State University in 1999, and her Juris Doctor in 2002, from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Mrs. Gilbert’s prior legal experience includes a judicial clerkship for Kentucky Supreme Court Justice James Keller, a position as a Bankruptcy and Litigation Associate with a private law firm in Chicago, and a judicial clerkship for Honorable Justice Margaret S. McBride of the Illinois Appellate Court.

Formerly, Mrs. Gilbert was a member of the New Millennium Theatre Company, a coach and member of the Chicago-Kent National Trial Advocacy Team, a co-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section Committee for Creative Arts, a member of the Editorial Board of the Illinois State Bar Journal, and a volunteer and former Board member of the Uptown Theatre and Center for the Arts. The many awards that she has received include the Warren Wolfson Trial Advocacy Award from Chicago-Kent and the KSU Outstanding Senior Award. Mrs. Gilbert is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association. She previously served on the Louisville Legal Aid Society Board. Mrs. Gilbert is a graduate of the 2008 LBA Leadership Academy and is an LBA Leadership Fellow. She is the Division Chief for the Appellate and Research Division.

A.J. Gochenaur

Mr. Gochenaur joined the office as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in January 2014. After receiving his BA in History from Emory University in 2008, he attended Vanderbilt University Law School receiving his J.D. in 2012. During law school, he served as a summer clerk for Judge William J. Haynes, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. He also practiced under a senior law student limited license as an extern the Cook County (Ill.) State’s Attorney’s Office serving in both the Felony Trial and Special Litigation Units. He received his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2012 and served as a Volunteer Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Oldham, Henry and Trimble Counties through the Vanderbilt Public Service Initiative in 2012-2013. Mr. Gochenaur is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association. Mr. Gochenaur was a member of the Economic Crimes Unit from January 2014 through March 2015 and is currently assigned to the Appellate and Research Division.

Alicia Gomez

Ms. Gomez graduated cum laude from the University of Louisville with a BA in Political Science in 2006, and she also graduated from the University of Louisville School of Law with a J.D. degree in 2010. While in law school, she was President of the Latin American Law Student Association. Ms. Gomez served for two and one-half years as a Law Clerk in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, where she also performed a Criminal Justice Externship. In the past, she also served in an internship with the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program. She is a professional member of the Jefferson County Women Lawyers Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, and a 2011 graduate of the LBA Leadership Academy. Ms. Gomez currently serves in the Heroin Rocket Docket.

Kristi Gray

Ms. Gray received her license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1994, and joined the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in June of 2004. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Ohio State University in 1991, and her Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School in 1994. From 1994 until 2004, she served as a Staff Attorney and Directing Attorney for the Department of Public Advocacy in Pikeville and Paintsville. She is also admitted to the practice of law in Ohio . Ms. Gray served as a member of the Supreme Court of Kentucky Evidence Rules Review Commission from 2000-2004. She is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association. Ms. Gray currently serves as the Sexual Assault Liaison and FAST/Traffic Liaison for the office. In addition, she is a member of the Louisville Human Trafficking Task Force and the Louisville Sexual Assault Response Team. Ms. Gray is the Division Chief of General Trial Division A.

Stacy Greive

Ms. Greive recently celebrated her 22nd year as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in the 30th Judicial Circuit. Ms. Greive received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bellarmine College in 1988 and her Juris Doctor from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 1991. In addition to an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney assigned to the General Trial Units, Ms. Greive worked as a law Clerk from 1990 to 1992 and as the legal advisor to the Jefferson County Grand Jury from 1998 to 2008. In 2009, Ms. Greive became the Economic Crime Liaison for the office. She also serves as the Deputy Division Chief of General Trial Division C. Ms. Greive is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Louisville Bar Association. She is the 2013 recipient of Presentation Academy’s Tower Award for Government and Law. She has served as a member of the Louisville Bar Association’s Judicial Integrity Committee since 2010. Ms. Greive also handles all out-of-state subpoena requests from prosecutors in other jurisdictions.

Ebert Haegele

Mr. Haegele is a 2010 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, and he received his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2010. He received his B.A. in History and Political Science from Bellarmine University in 2006. Mr. Haegele joined the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Haegele worked as an Assistant County Attorney in Jefferson County for two years. He is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr.Haegele is currently assigned to the Narcotics Unit.

Cortney Hardin

Ms. Hardin received her license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2012, and she joined the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in January 2013. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky in 2009, and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 2012. While in law school, she served as an extern for the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and for Jefferson Circuit Court Judge McKay Chauvin. Ms. Hardin also served as a student attorney for the University of Louisville Law clinic where she received the award of Top Advocate. Ms. Hardin is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association and is assigned to the Grand Jury division.

Adrienne Henderson

Ms. Henderson received her license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2011. She received a BA in Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 1997, an MS in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2007, and her J.D. from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 2010. While in law school, Ms. Henderson was the recipient of the Legal Opportunity Fellowship, president of the UL Chapter of the Black Law Students Association, a member of the Midwest Region of the Black Law Students Association Board of Directors, the Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Education, a student representative on the law school diversity counsel and a member of Phi Alpha Delta and the Women’s Law Caucus. Ms. Henderson was also an extern at the Legal Aid Society of Louisville. Ms. Henderson is currently an Executive Committee Member of the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division, a member of the Louisville Black Lawyers Association, the Louis D. Brandeis Chapter of the American Inns of Court and Alpha Kappa Alpha. Ms. Henderson is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association and is assigned to the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit. She also serves as the Diversity and Inclusion Liaison for the office.

Amanda Hernandez

Amanda Hernandez was born and raised a Louisville Cardinal. Ms. Hernandez attended the University of Louisville where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Administration (2012), a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice (2015), and a Juris Doctor (2015). While attending the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law, Ms. Hernandez served as an extern for the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney with the Domestic Violence Unit as well as the Narcotics Unit. She also served as an extern for the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office in the DUI Unit and as an extern for Circuit Court Division 5 Judge Mary Shaw. At the beginning of 2014, Ms. Hernandez began working with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney as a Law Clerk for one and one-half years, eventually rising to the rank of Senior Law Clerk. Upon passing the July 2015 Bar Examination, Ms. Hernandez received her license to practice law and was sworn in as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. She is currently assigned to the Narcotics Unit.

Stephany Hunter

Stephany Hunter hails from Columbus, Ohio. She moved to Frankfort, Kentucky, in 2007 where she attended Kentucky State University and received a B.A. in English. In 2011, Stephany relocated to Louisville, Kentucky where she attended the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. While at Brandeis, Stephany served as both Vice President of the Black Law Students Association and as a student teacher for the Central High School Law Magnet. Stephany also attained a limited license to practice law with which she represented indigent victims of domestic violence as a student attorney for the Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic. In addition, she used her limited law license to practice as a legal extern for the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. All the while, Stephany held a clerkship with Meinhart Smith and Manning, PLLC. She received her license to practice law in 2015. Stephany is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and is currently assigned to General Trial Division B.

Justin Janes

Mr. Janes received his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2011, and joined the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in December of 2013. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Louisville, and his Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University. While at U of L, Mr. Janes participated in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program. During the 2002 Kentucky General Assembly, he worked as an intern with the Legislative Research Commission and was assigned to the Office of the Staff Economist. In 2004, Mr. Janes was awarded a Rotarian Ambassadorial Scholarship and attended Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. At Victoria University, he completed a BA Honours Degree in International Relations and received 1st Class Honours for his academic work. Before joining the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Mr. Janes was an Assistant Jefferson County Attorney. In this position, he worked in the Felony/Misdemeanor Division for over two years.

Mr. Janes is assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit and is the FAST Team Chief.

Elizabeth Jones Brown

Ms. Jones Brown received her law degree from Georgetown University (DC) Law Center in 2002. A member of the Kentucky Bar since 2007, she is also licensed as a member of the bar in the state of Virginia and in the District of Columbia. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from Centre College in 1996, and a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from the University of Kentucky in 1998. In the past, Ms. Jones Brown worked as a Law Clerk for a Judge in the DC Superior Court, and she served as Assistant General Counsel to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 2004 to 2007. Ms. Jones Brown is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association and is the Division Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit. She also serves as the Juvenile Crime Liaison and Homicide Liaison.

Mauricus Lofton

Mr. Lofton graduated Cum Laude from the University of Louisville in 2009 with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Psychology. While in undergraduate he was a McConnell Scholar, Woodford R. Porter Scholar, member of the University Honors Program and member of the University Black Diamond Choir. Mr. Lofton earned his J.D. in 2012 from the University of Kentucky College of Law where he was a recipient of the Legal Opportunity Fellowship and a member of the Black Law Students Association and Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team. After graduation Mr. Lofton served as a Staff Attorney for the Fayette County Circuit Court. After that he was appointed as a Magistrate Judge in Virginia, where he served for two years. Mr. Lofton is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association. He is currently assigned to General Trial Division A.

Doug Meisel

Doug Meisel graduated from Georgetown University in 1999 with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduation, Mr. Meisel was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps through the Officer Candidate Commissioning program. He served on active duty as an artillery officer until February 2004. He is currently a major in the Marine Corps reserve. Mr. Meisel graduated cum laude from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law in May 2007. Upon graduation from law school he was admitted to the New York State bar and served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York, from September 2007 until October 2016. He became a member of the Kentucky Bar in November 2016 and is currently assigned to General Trial Division A.

Andrew Miller

Mr. Miller received his Bachelor of Arts from Miami University in 2010 followed by his Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville in 2013. In 2016, he joined the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Prior to becoming an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, Mr. Miller was an Assistant Jefferson County Attorney with a focus on D.U.I. prosecution.

Mr. Miller is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association and is currently assigned to the Narcotics Unit.

Jessica Moore

Ms. Moore graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a B.A. in Journalism and English Literature. She successfully earned her J.D. from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 2006 and she was licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky the following year. She joined the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2008. In the past, Ms. Moore has served as a Staff Attorney for Jefferson Family Court Judge Dolly Wisman Berry; as a Law Clerk for Judge Thomas B. Wine of the Kentucky Court of Appeals; as a Law Clerk for Justice William E. McAnulty of the Kentucky Supreme Court; and, as a Law Clerk for Franklin and Hance, PSC. Among her awards, she has been named a Kentucky Colonel and a Distinguished Citizen.

Ms. Moore is a professional member of the Jefferson County Women Lawyers Association, the Louisville Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, and a 2009 graduate of the LBA Leadership Academy. In addition, Ms. Moore is a graduate of Leadership Louisville’s “Focus Louisville” 2011 class. Ms. Moore is the CAO chief prosecutorial Liaison for Felony Mental Health Court which began in Circuit Court in 2012 under the direction of Judge Susan Schultz-Gibson. She is currently assigned to the Heroin Rocket Docket.

Jennifer Murzyn Yancey

Ms. Murzyn Yancey received her license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2011 and she joined the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in May 2011. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree magna cum laude from St. Louis University in 2006 with double majors in Criminal Justice and Psychology, and she graduated from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 2010. While in law school, she was a semi-finalist in the Kentucky Intra-State Mock Trial Competition in 2010. In the past, Ms. Murzyn Yancey had a variety of internship experiences. As an undergraduate, she worked as an intern for the United States Probation and Parole Office for the Eastern District of Missouri. While in law school, she served as both an extern and summer law clerk grant recipient for the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and served as an extern for Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Susan Schultz-Gibson. Ms. Murzyn Yancey is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association. She is the Liaison to Jefferson County Drug Court for the Office and is assigned to General Trial Division A.

Kaleb Noblett

Mr. Noblett received his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2015 and joined the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in November 2015. Mr. Noblett earned his Bachelor of Arts in 2012 from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, graduating cum laude with a double major in political science and history. In May 2015, Mr. Noblett earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, where he was an editor of the University of Louisville Law Review and a recipient of the Edwin H. Perry Mediation Fellowship. While in law school, Mr. Noblett gained experience at the local, state, and federal levels of criminal prosecution. He worked as a law clerk with the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, served as an extern with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, volunteered with the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, and completed a summer legal internship with the United States Attorney’s Office in Louisville. Mr. Noblett is a published author in the field of criminal law, and he is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Noblett is currently assigned to General Trial Division B.

Ryan Olberding

Mr. Olberding graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 2003, after having received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University in 2000. He was admitted to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bar in 2003 and to the Kentucky Bar in 2009, when he began his service as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. While in Law School, Mr. Olberding served as an intern in the District Attorney’s Office in Portland, Maine. While at the University of Maine, he was Phi Beta Kappa, National Liberal Arts Honor Society; Omicron Delta Epsilon, International Economics Honor Society; and, Beta Gamma Sigma, International Business Honor Society. Upon joining the U.S. Army, he received advanced legal training at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School Officer Basic Course. Mr. Olberding served as a Captain in the U. S. Army JAG Corps, with assignments as Brigade Judge Advocate and Chief of Military Justice at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and as Trial Counsel/Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Claims Attorney/Assistant Hospital Legal Advisor while at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Mr. Olberding is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association. He is the office Elder Abuse Liaison and is currently the Deputy Division Chief of General Trial Division A.

Josh Porter

Mr. Porter has been licensed in Kentucky since 2012. He is a 2004 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin and a 2012 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. He is currently assigned to the Narcotics Unit.

Kathleen Reed

Ms. Reed received her license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1989 and came to the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in September of 1989. Ms. Reed received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1985 from the University of Louisville and her Juris Doctor from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 1989. She was on the Deans List for both the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville as well as Transylvania University. She also worked on the Journal of Family Law, the University of Louisville Law Review, at the Brandeis School of Law. Ms. Reed has received the CLE award from the Kentucky Bar Association for her dedication to continued legal education and is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Louisville Bar Association, and the National Academy of District Attorneys. Ms. Reed is currently assigned to the Rocket Docket division.

Michael Rudicil

Mr. Rudicil has been licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 1987 and also in Indiana since 1980. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Arizona State University in 1977, and his Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law in 1980. He also attended the National Criminal Defense College. Mr. Rudicil served as a Deputy Prosecutor in Green County Indiana from 1980-1982, when he lost an extremely close race for the elected Prosecutor position. After a stint as a solo practitioner, he joined the Public Defender’s Office in Louisville as a Staff Attorney, where he served from 1987 to 1998, winning more than 20 Walker Awards. He was part of the team that developed the initial Rocket Docket. Most recently, he practiced personal injury law for 10 years in the Breen Law Office in Louisville.

Mr. Rudicil currently is an Olmsted Parks volunteer. He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association. Mr. Rudicil is currently assigned to the Rocket Docket.

Madison Shoffner

Ms. Shoffner received her license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2016. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky in 2013 where she studied Business Marketing and Political Science. Ms. Shoffner later went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 2016. While at Brandeis, Ms. Shoffner was published in the Journal of Law and Education, served as President of the Moot Court Board, twice competed in the TYLA National Mock Trial Competition where she finished as a regional finalist, was the recipient of the Robert C. Jayes Memorial Award, and was an active member of the Student Bar Association. Prior to joining the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney as a Prosecutor, she worked as a law clerk with the office for two years and completed a year-long externship with the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse unit. Ms. Shoffner is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association. She is currently assigned to General Trial Division C.

Courtney Straw

Ms. Straw graduated with honors from both the University of Kentucky (B.A., May 2009) and Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law (J.D., December 2014). Ms. Straw joined the office as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in August 2015. Prior to joining the office, Ms. Straw had a general law practice in Frankfort and represented law enforcement for the Fraternal Order of Police, Ohio Labor Council. During law school, Ms. Straw was the Legal Intern for the Kentucky State Police Legal Division and Judicial External for Supreme Court of Kentucky Justice Michelle Keller. Ms. Straw was awarded the Chase Public Interest Fellowship and the Kentucky Women’s Law Enforcement Network Student Achievement Award for her work at KSP.

Ms. Straw has also remained involved with the community. Since 2014, she has collaborated with the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center to create a training for law enforcement on the impact of trauma on sexual assault investigations. Additionally, she served as Vice-Chair on the Franklin County Human Trafficking Task Force in 2015; is a professional member of the Kentucky and Louisville Bar Associations; and is an Associate in the Central Kentucky American Inn of Court. She is assigned to the
Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit.

Joshua Waldrop

Mr. Waldrop received his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2013, and he joined the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in November 2013. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of Alabama Birmingham in 2010. He graduated with Honors from the University of Louisville School of Law in 2013. Mr. Waldrop is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association. He is a native of Costa Rica, and bi-lingual in English and Spanish. Mr. Waldrop is currently assigned to General Trial Division C.

Danielle Yannelli

Ms. Yannelli received her license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2014 and became and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in April of 2016. Before becoming an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Ms. Yannelli worked at the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office where she focused on Domestic Violence, Child Physical Abuse and Sexual Assault prosecution. Ms. Yannelli received her Bachelors of Science from Campbellsville University where she majored in Political Science and received a minor in Cinematography/Television. Ms. Yannelli graduated and received her J.D. from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 2013. Ms. Yannelli is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association and currently assigned to the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit.

Milja Zgonjanin

Ms. Zgonjanin received her license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2015 and she joined the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in November 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science in Justice Administration and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Louisville. She received her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law in May 2015. While at Brandeis, Ms. Zgonjanin was published in the Journal of Law and Education and served as Notes Editor for the journal. Prior to joining the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, she worked as a law clerk for the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office. Ms. Zgonjanin is a professional member of the Kentucky Bar Association. She is a native of Serbia and is bi-lingual in English and Serbo-Croatian. Ms. Zgonjanin is currently assigned to General Trial Division C.