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Our Team


Jeffery H. Hoover

Jeffery H. Hoover was born in Albany, Kentucky on January 18, 1960, the oldest child of the late Welby and Mae Hoover. In 1966, Hoover and his family moved to Jamestown, Russell County, Kentucky where his father began the first FM radio station in the county.    


Hoover graduated Russell County High School in 1978 and graduated from Centre College in 1982 with a B. A. in Government. He is a 1987 graduate of Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama where he served a Senior Class President. Hoover received the Distinguished Alumnae Award from Centre College in 2012.  


Hoover began the practice of law in his hometown of Jamestown in 1988 after serving as law clerk for a year for former Circuit Court Judge Philip Morgan. In 1992, Hoover opened his own law office, Hoover and Associates Law on the square in his hometown of Jamestown and has been practicing since then, focusing his practice on criminal defense, personal injury, family law, and estate matters.


Hoover was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives representing the 83rd district in 1996.  His father, Welby Hoover, had been elected to the Kentucky House in 1986.  Upon his father’s untimely passing later that year, Hoover’s mother, Mae Hoover, was elected to the Kentucky House in 1987.   When Hoover was elected in 1996, he became the only person ever elected to the Kentucky House whose parents had also been previously elected.   He was selected to serve as House Minority Caucus Chair in 1999, and served as House Minority Leader from 2001 to 2017. Hoover unsuccessfully ran for Lieutenant Governor of the State of Kentucky in 2007 as the running mate of former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup.


In 2015, Hoover became the longest serving Republican Leader in the history of the Kentucky House of Representatives. After the 2016 elections when Republicans gained a supermajority in the State House, Hoover was selected as Speaker of the House becoming the first Republican speaker in Kentucky in 95 years.

Hoover is a member of the Russell County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame, Fifth District Republican Party Hall of Fame, the 12th Region Boys High School Basketball Hall of Fame, among numerous awards during his 24 year service in the Kentucky General Assembly.


Hoover and his wife Karyn married in 1992 and are the proud parents of three daughters:   Blair Conner (husband Ben), who is the Director of Social Media at the University of Kentucky in Lexington; Ryan Queenan (husband Patrick), who teaches special education at Henry Clay High School in Lexington; and Evan Hoover, currently attending the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The Hoover family attends First Baptist Church in Russell Springs, Kentucky.



Coleman M. Hurt

Coleman focuses his practice on family law, criminal defense, and civil litigation. Before joining Hoover Law Office (now Hoover & Associates Law) in 2014, Coleman graduated from Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law (Juris Doctor, 2013), where he served as an Associate Editor of the Northern Kentucky Law Review, and competed on the Chase Moot Court team, arguing against teams from around the nation. Upon graduation, Coleman was nominated by law school faculty and inducted into the National Order of Barristers.


Prior to law school, Coleman attended the University of Kentucky (Bachelor of Science, 2010) where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. While attending the University of Kentucky, Coleman interned in both the Kentucky House of Representatives and the Kentucky State Senate.


Coleman has represented clients through all stages of litigation, trial, and appeal. He has provided counsel to various public and private organizations, as well as individuals charged with a crime or struggling through a divorce. Coleman is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky (2014) and the United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky (2017). Coleman prides himself on proactve, results-oriented representation, and enjoys providing counsel to southern Kentucky's residents to help meet their legal needs.



  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law (J.D., 2013)

  • University of Kentucky (B.S., Magna Cum Laude, 2010)



William R. Wade

William R. Wade is a graduate of Centre College of Kentucky (1983) and Cumberland School of Law (1986).  He was a member of Cumberland’s National Trial Team and was appointed  as Chief Judge of the Trial Advocacy Board to lead the Law Schools trial advocacy competitions.


He was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1986, the Alabama Bar in 1988 and the Florida Bar in 1990.

Bill has been lead counsel in over 1,000 cases and  has tried over 100 criminal cases to verdict.  


He served as President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,, in 2014, a non profit organization made up of some 2,000 criminal defense attorneys.

Bill is also a member of  the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


He has over 35 years of experience practicing criminal law in three States in both State and Federal Courts.


Bill is married to Linda, a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist, with Wade, Palmer and Shoemaker in Pensacola, Florida and they have two adult daughters. 



Trey Wilkerson

Donald L. Wilkerson III, known in the community as “Trey,” is a native of Jamestown, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science. Trey went on to receive his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was a member of the college’s Trial Advocacy Board.


Since graduating law school and being admitted to the Kentucky Bar, Trey has become an experienced attorney in the neighboring Lake Cumberland area. He has represented and counseled clients with a wide variety legal concerns. Trey considers himself a general practitioner, with a focus on criminal defense, family law advocacy, and personal injury claims.


Ultimately, Trey sees the practice of law as a public service. Ever mindful that the law can often be complex and intimidating, Trey works closely with his clients from the start of a case through resolution.  He understands achieving the best results for a case means listening to a client’s concerns and understanding their short- and long-term goals. This enables him to craft tailored strategies to meet each client’s needs.


Trey, along with his wife Jordan and two daughters, Jade and Emma, are excited to bring his experience and practice back to his hometown of Jamestown.


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