The Richmond Register

October 7, 2012

Richmond attorney receives Kentucky Justice Association’s Outstanding Trial Lawyer award

Special to the Register

Louisville — The Kentucky Justice Association presented its Peter Perlman Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award for 2012 to Richmond attorney J.T. Gilbert during its annual convention in Louisville.

According to a KJA news release, the award is given annually to a KJA member who demonstrates exceptional talent as a trial practitioner, fights for the rights of consumers — even when cases and causes may be unpopular —shares his or her legal talents with young lawyers and other members of the bar and gives back to the legal profession by working with others to protect America’s constitutional right to trial by jury.

“Throughout J.T.’s career, he has continually served as an example of what a trial attorney should be,” said Sheila Hiestand, KJA President. “For over three decades, he has served as a beacon of hope for countless clients seeking justice through the jury system.”

A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Gilbert received his law degree from the University of Kentucky and his LL.M from the University of Illinois. After serving in the U.S. Army, he began his private practice in Madison County in 1975. He went on to serve as corporation counsel for the city of Berea, assistant county/commonwealth attorney as well as a special deputy attorney general. In addition, he has twice served as a special justice for the Kentucky Supreme Court.

“Gilbert’s passion for the law is only rivaled by his passion for the community,” Hiestand said.

He has served on a wide variety of commissions and boards, ranging from the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission and Kentucky Supreme Court Rules Committee and EKU Board of Regents chair to the boards of Berea Hospital, the United Way of Madison County and EKU Center for the Arts.

The Kentucky Justice Association is a statewide membership organization dedicated to protecting the health and safety of Kentucky families, enhancing consumer protection, and preserving each and every citizen’s right to trial by jury. On the web at