Johanna F. Ellison

Johanna F. Ellison

Of Counsel
Lexington, Kentucky

My practice focuses on representing employers, and their insurers, in workers' compensation matters of all kind.  I assist 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 awards of benefits, including wit h future medical issues as they arise. Settlements are also possible at any time along the way.

I jumped into this area of practice right after I received my law degree, and have never looked back. I am privileged to work with many experienced professionals in the insurance, medical and legal fields. Workers' compensation affects nearly all businesses, so I also enjoy a diverse set of clients, covering many industries. This brings me into contact with countless interesting people across the Commonwealth.

There is no "one size fits all" approach to workers' compensation. The thing I enjoy 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 my clients, time and again.

Areas of Practice

  • Workers' Compensation - Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky


  • 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
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Journalism
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Vocal Performance

Honors and Awards

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Kentucky Bar Association Continuing Education Award, 2014 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member, 2011 - Present
  • Internation 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