Jim Fenwick joined the Firm in 2018, bringing with him nineteen (19) years of legal experience including seventeen (17) years of specific workers’ compensation defense and eight (8) years estate planning experience. Prior to coming to Embry Merritt Womack Nance, Mr. Fenwick practiced with a two large insurance defense firms from 2001 through and including 2016. Mr. Fenwick opened his own solo legal practice in early 2016 where he has continued in workers’ compensation defense along with estate planning. Mr. Fenwick has argued and won a workers’ compensation case before the Kentucky Supreme Court in Keith v. Hopple Plastics, 178 S.W.3d 463 (Ky. 2005). He was also part of the argument team in the Kentucky Supreme Court Baytos v. Family Dollar, 525 S.W.3d 65 (Ky. 2017). Mr. Fenwick has briefed a multitude of workers’ compensation cases to the Workers’ Compensation Board, Kentucky Court of Appeals, and Kentucky Supreme Court over his many year of practice. Mr. Fenwick has taken more than a thousand workers’ compensation Plaintiff depositions as part of his practice while also attending hundreds of Benefit Review Conferences, Final Hearings, and medical expert depositions. Mr. Fenwick was a finalist for Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Board after being selected as one of three finalists by the Workers’ Compensation Nominating Committee.
Mr. Fenwick graduated from the Miami of Ohio University in 1996, and he earned his law degree from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law in 1999. He was a member of the Journal of Law and Educationwhile in law school, and he had an article published regarding the constitutionality of school funding in Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia. He also received the John S. Greenebaum Public Service Award upon graduating from law school. Currently, Mr. Fenwick is in his fourth year of mentoring two at-risk students at Breckinridge Elementary in Lexington, Kentucky, and he has donated many hours of legal work after working with Southland Christian Church to develop a program to identify individuals and families who require legal help but cannot afford traditional legal representation. Mr. Fenwick currently represents Healthsmart and Sigmon Coal, and he has previously represented insurance carriers and TPAs including Summit, Kemper, Gallagher Bassett, and Travelers in thousands of cases including matters in the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the Kentucky Supreme Court. He has also represented Amazon and AK Steel in a multitude of cases.