Childers & Baxter is a civil litigation firm with an excellent reputation and over 45 years of combined litigation experience in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as trial courts across central and eastern Kentucky, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and Kentucky Supreme Court. Let our decades of combined experience work for you.
We represent persons who have been harmed by the coal, oil and gas industries in Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Surface Mining Act cases.
We litigate claims for trespass and nuisance, quiet title actions, boundary disputes, and cases to recover coal, oil, and gas royalties owed to land owners. We also litigate issues related to the purchase and sale of real estate.
We have represented numerous public and private employees who have been wrongfully harassed, been subjected to discrimination or retaliation, and wrongfully terminated. We also represent employees in disciplinary hearings, wage and hour claims, and severance.
We litigate employment issues such as sexual harassment, discrimination, first amendment retaliation, and due process. We also have represented clients in cases involving excessive force, wrongful arrest, probable cause, and other law-enforcement related issues.
We represent persons who have experienced automobile collisions, slip and fall accidents, premises liability incidents, and other negligence and tort law cases.
We litigate contract disputes, landlord-tenant issues, and commercial torts.
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deliver successful results, and build extraordinary client relationships.
We are a small firm, and our relationship with clients is paramount. If you call us to talk about your case, we will be there to talk to you.
The law is complex, and the legal process can be stressful.
It is important to us that you understand the entire legal process. When you engage our firm, you can expect to get answers to your questions.
JOE F. CHILDERS
Working to protect Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens and natural landscapes has long been Joe’s personal and professional passion. As an undergraduate student at the University of Kentucky, Joe successfully lobbied for Appalachian studies curricula and the formation of the UK Appalachian Center. As a law student, Joe spent his summers working throughout east Kentucky and central Appalachia with the Appalachian Land Ownership Task Force documenting absentee land and mineral ownership by out of state energy giants. This work inspired the creation of the Kentucky Fair Tax Coalition, which later became Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. Joe started his legal career with the AppalRed in Jackson, Kentucky, and has represented landowners in some of Kentucky’s most important mineral and tax litigation, which led to major reforms in property tax of unmined minerals and passage of the Broad Form Deed Amendment to the Kentucky Constitution in 1988.
From 1988 to 1992, Joe was a partner of Shepherd & Childers, where he practiced with now Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd. From 2007 to 2011, Joe was a partner in Getty & Childers, a Lexington civil litigation firm. In 2012, Joe started Joe F. Childers & Associates, the predecessor to Childers & Baxter. Joe has previously served on the boards of the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, Kentucky State University, and since 2015 has served as Board Chair of the Kentucky Resources Council. Joe and his wife Denise have two adult children.
Contact Joe at Joe@jchilderslaw.com, or 859-253-9824.
BETHANY N. BAXTER
Bethany was born and raised in Lexington, and as an environmental studies major at Sewanee: The University of the South, developed a deep appreciation for Appalachian culture and ecology. After graduating, Bethany spent a couple of years working at the Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and then went on to earn a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga before deciding to go to law school. During law school at the UK College of Law, Bethany served as an articles editor for the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law. Upon graduating in 2012, Bethany was awarded the Faculty Cup for her outstanding contribution to the law school. After working as a staff attorney for the Franklin Circuit Court Division I, Bethany began as an associate at Joe F. Childers & Associates in 2014.
Bethany has served on the boards of Appalshop, Inc. and the Mentelle Neighborhood Association, and is a volunteer administrative hearing officer for LFUCG. Bethany and her partner Willie have three young children.
Contact Bethany at Bethany@jchilderslaw.com, or 859-253-9824