Johanna F. Ellison

Johanna F. Ellison

Johanna F. Ellison is Of Counsel in the firm’s Workers’s Compensation and Litigation Law Groups with a focus on representing employers, and their insurers, in workers’ compensation matters of all kinds.  She assists companies, and the insurance adjusters who handle their claims, with every aspect of a claim. This may include providing guidance on initial investigation of an injury, advising on claim benefits while the worker recovers from that injury, handling a litigated claim from beginning to end, and assistance after an award of benefits, including with future medical issues as they arise. Settlements are also possible at any time along the way.

She jumped into this area of practice right after receiving her law degree, and never looked back. She is privileged to work with many experienced professionals in the insurance, medical and legal fields. Workers’ compensation affects nearly all businesses, and as such has a diverse set of clients, covering many industries. This brings her into contact with countless interesting people across the Commonwealth.

There is no “one size fits all” approach to workers’ compensation. The thing she enjoys most about doing this for a living is finding the “right” answer to each claim. Each worker, employer, and injury is different. The challenge of working with all parties to reach a workable resolution is one that takes creativity, finesse and persistence. Joined with strong negotiating skills and attention to detail, these strengths help produce results for her clients, time and again.


University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, J.D. – 2005, Law Journal: Kentucky Law Journal, Managing Editor, 2003 – 2005

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, B.A., Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude – 2001



U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky

U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky

Professional Associations

Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 2005 – Present

Fayette County Bar Association, Member, 2011 – Present

International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Workers’ Compensation Section, Executive Committee, Member-at-Large, 2016 – Present

Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Education Association, Planning Committee Member, 2015 – Present

ABA Compendium of Workers’ Compensation, Co-Author

30th Annual Carl A. Warns, Jr. Labor & Employment Institute, Planning Committee Member, 2012 – 2013


Rated* AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Kentucky Bar Association Continuing Education Award, 2014 – Present

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