B. Clark Batten, II
Clark was born and raised in Pikeville, Kentucky. He graduated from Transylvania University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. Clark graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2005. The summer following his first year of law school, he began clerking for Savage Garmer Elliott and O’Brien, PLLC. In his second year of law school, Clark started clerking for the law firm of Garmer and O’Brien, LLP.
Upon graduating from law school in 2005, Clark was offered a position working as an associate with Garmer and O’Brien. In 2009, Clark moved to Ashland and joined the law firm of Martin and Vincent. He continued to focus his practice on representing injured persons, and for the first time he gained experience defending civil cases. While at Martin & Vincent, Clark worked on bodily injury cases in nearly every county in Eastern Kentucky, and he had the opportunity to try bodily injury cases in both Pike and Boyd Counties. Clark became a partner at Martin and Vincent in 2012. After giving it much thought, Clark made decision to leave Martin & Vincent in 2014 and started his own law firm to again devote his entire law practice to representing injured persons and their families. Clark returned to Lexington in 2015 and rejoined Steve O’Brien. Clark devotes his entire practice to personal injury, including nursing home abuse and neglect, medical negligence, motor vehicle collisions, wrongful death, premises liability and marina negligence. He represents clients throughout the Commonwealth, with an emphasis on Eastern Kentucky. He represents the victims of Electric Shock Drowning and their families throughout the United States.
In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Clark was honored by being recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. To be named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, an attorney must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in a state may be named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. In 2014, Clark earned an AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and judiciary. AV is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating.
Clark is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Kentucky Justice Association. While in Ashland, he served on the Board of Directors for the Ashland Young Professionals Association, Ashland Main Street, and Ashland in Motion.
Clark is the most proud of his involvement in the Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association. After representing families who lost children to the tragedy of Electric Shock Drowning, Clark helped found the organization, which does everything in its power to prevent future deaths from occurring by providing information and education to the general public, boating and marina industries. Clark has testified before the Kentucky House of Representatives’ Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Safety Committee in support of new safety laws that would help prevent electric shock drownings from occurring within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Additionally, he has helped provide input to families who have worked to have Electric Shock Drowning Prevention laws enacted in other states.
Clark believes that the most important part of any law practice is the people who you represent. The experience of being injured, or the helplessness that comes from having a loved one that is hurt, is often times indescribable. Some injuries heal with time, others change your life and the life of your family, forever. Unfortunately, the civil justice system is unable to change what happened to you or your loved one. However, Clark does everything he can to ensure that his clients are treated fairly and are justly compensated for the injuries they have suffered. Clark does his best to provide support and encouragement to his clients while they are dealing with such a trying times.