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John Dotson

Kentucky Elderlaw, PLLC

John Dotson

Kentucky Elderlaw, PLLC

John Dotson

Kentucky Elderlaw, PLLC

John Dotson assists older clients, their children and other family members with 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 and Care Agreements for clients and family members.

Self Employed

  • Attorney 
  • 2000-2002; 2003 – 2013
  • Louisville KY

Sheffer and Sheffer

  • 2002-2003
  • Louisville KY


  • O’Bryan, Brown & Toner
  • 1992-1999
  • Louisville KY

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.

McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland

  • 1990-1992
  • Frankfort KY

Brown, Todd & Heyburn (now Frost, Brown Todd)

  • 1987-1990
  • Louisville KY

John represented a variety of businesses and people before state and local agencies, and a number of state and federal courts. He defended claims involving automobile accidents, premises liability claims and insurance coverage matters. For several years, John served the Kentucky Bar Association in a number of positions with the Young Lawyers Section.

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
  • License
  • Kentucky, 1987

Additional Background

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.

Firm Description

Kentucky ElderLaw, PLLC provides sensitive, respectful services to older people and their families. Services vary depending upon a client's stage of life, health, mental capacity, assets, existing family relationships and extent of previous planning. 

Areas of concern might include: Aging Alone Planning; Wills; Living Wills; Health Care Proxies; Durable Powers of Attorney; Guardianships; Conservatorships; Trusts; Medicaid Planning and other Medicaid issues; Grandparents Visitation Rights


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