Jeffrey A. Darling

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Jeffrey A. Darling

Lexington, Kentucky
AV Preeminent 2016

Jeffrey A. Darling was recruited to the firm and joined it as a partner in 2015 because of his extensive civil and criminal trial experience. His early trial experience included criminal cases as a public defender and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, where he tried a vast array of cases ranging from simple misdemeanor cases to complex death penalty cases. He then ventured into civil trial work at the law firm of Landrum & Shouse. Over the next 25 years, Jeff would handle and try hundreds of civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts, including products liability, medical negligence and other insurance defense related cases. In addition, Jeff has been active in practicing at the appellate level, arguing cases in the Kentucky Supreme Court, the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Sixth Circuit. Jeff holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. He is an experienced mediator and is very active in the community and is extremely well respected by clients, lawyers and judges alike.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2015

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Legal and Professional Liability
  • Appeals
  • Medical License Defense
  • CON/ Medicaid Provider Appeals
  • Aviation and Multidistrict Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1983
  • Supreme Court of Kentucky, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2005


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky - 1983
  • Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky
    • B.A. - 1979

Representative Clients

  • The Ohio Casualty Group
  • The Mariott Corporation
  • Zurich-American Insurance Company
  • State Auto Insurance Company

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Reinhardt & Associates, PLC, Of Counsel Attorney, 2008 - 2015
  • Darling & Reynolds, PSC, Partner/Principal, 1992 - 2008
  • Landrum & Shouse, Associate Attorney, 1989 - 1992
  • Fayette County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, 1986 - 1989
  • Department of Public Advocacy, Public Defender, 1983 - 1986

Pro Bono Activities

  • Central Baptist Church, Member
  • Central Baptist Church, Deacon, 2005 - 2008
  • Lexington Dream Factory, Inc., Board of Directors, 2005 - 2009
  • Dunbar High School Boys Soccer Booster Club, Board Member, 2001 - 2005
  • Dunbar High School Boys Soccer Booster Club, President of Board, 2004 - 2005
  • Copperfield Neighborhood Association


  • Phi Delta Phi