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Harold L. Kirtley II

Harold L. Kirtley II

Lexington, Kentucky

Hal is a partner at O'Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC. Oral advocacy, particularly trial practice, is a passion of his. He has experience successfully trying civil and criminal cases, and has successfully argued before the Kentucky Supreme Court. Hal is licensed to practice, and has practiced cases in Kentucky, as well as the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is AV Preeminent Rated on Martindale-Hubbell by his peers for the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standing.

Hal handles primarily nursing home abuse and neglect cases and medical negligence cases. He enjoys, and considers it a privilege, being a voice in the case for an injured person and his/her family members, whose lives have been forever changed due to improper care.

Hal graduated from the University of Tennessee College Of Law (Order of Barristers) in 2003, where he received the McClung Medal, which is awarded to the outstanding advocate of each graduating class. He was elected Chair of the Moot Court Board. He was also a two-year member of the National Trial Team, which reached the National Finals. Hal also received the 2002 Pryor Award of Excellence in Advocacy. Hal attended the University of Kentucky for college. He received a BA in Journalism in 1999, and a BS in Agriculture in 2000.

Hal and his wife are the proud parents of twins (one boy and one girl). He has served as an elder at his church. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2012

Areas of Practice

  • Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury - Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death
  • Trucking Accidents

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 2003
    • Honors: Order of Barristers
    • Honors: Recipient of the McClung Medal
    • Honors: Chair of the Moot Court Board
    • Honors: Member of the National Trial Team
    • Honors: Robert E. Pryor of Award of Excellence in Advocacy, 2002
  • University of Kentucky , Lexington, Kentucky
    • B.A. - 1999
    • Major: Journalism
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • B.S. - 2000
    • Major: Agriculture

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating, 2017 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 2003 - Present
  • Kentucky Justice Association, Member, 2012 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 2012 - Present


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