- Criminal Defense
Shannon Dean Sexton is the son of Floyd and Mary Sexton, both of Grayson, Kentucky. Shannon Sexton attended East Carter High School. He graduated from high school with a perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average, he lettered in three varsity sports, and was the Valedictorian of his graduating class. He was also selected as a Kentucky Governor's Scholar, and participated in the Governor's Scholar Program - one of the highest honors bestowed upon Kentucky high school students.
Shannon Sexton attended and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He developed and honed his courtroom skills, winning the Kentucky Mock Trial Championship as well as was involved in the Legal Clinic and was a Senior Staff Member of the Kentucky Law Review. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Faculty Cup and inducted into the Order of the Coif.
After graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law, Shannon Sexton became a felony prosecutor, known in Kentucky as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney. He moved to Louisville while his wife attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. In Louisville, he served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for three years. During these three years, Shannon Sexton prosecuted the entire range of crimes, from the lowest misdemeanor to felony murder. He developed an intricate knowledge of drug-related cases (Trafficking, Possession, etc.), prosecuting in the Narcotics Unit for two years. He next served in the General Trial unit, prosecuting the entire range of felonies. While in the General Trial unit, he handled multiple major cases, including Murder, Rape, Robbery, Burglary, etc. He also prosecuted "cold cases", and specifically prosecuted a case that was featured on national television, A&E's Cold Case Files.
Also while in Louisville, Shannon Sexton served as a trial instructor with University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. He led his Louisville students to the Kentucky Mock Trial Championship, and to winning the Best Overall Advocate Award. It was the first time in the school's history to win the competition.
After his service in Louisville, Shannon Sexton moved to the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area, and has made this area his home. He served as a felony prosecutor for two more years. Shannon Sexton initially became an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Kenton County, Covington, Kentucky. In this office, Shannon Sexton served as the lead prosecutor for the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, further developing his experience in criminal drug/narcotics cases, and also assisted in the prosecution of major cases.
Shannon Sexton next became an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Campbell County, Newport, Kentucky. In this capacity, he prosecuted the entire range of felonies and accompanying misdemeanors, he litigated multiple child sex abuse cases, and other major cases. Shannon Sexton also continued to teach law students how to become trial attorneys. He served as an Adjunct Professor at the Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law in the area of litigation skills, where he again led his students to the Kentucky Mock Trial Championship. Further, he led his students to two consecutive National Regional Final appearances. These were all firsts in the law school's history. Shannon Sexton remains the only person ever to have won the Kentucky Mock Trial State Championship at all three Kentucky law schools.
After serving five years as a felony prosecutor, Shannon Sexton entered private practice. His practice areas primarily focus on Criminal Defense, Domestic/Family Law, and Personal Injury. His criminal client base consists of those charged with all levels of crime, from violations to misdemeanors to the most serious of felonies. His domestic client base consists of clients dealing with divorces, child custody, Emergency Protective Orders, etc. His personal injury client base consists of those who have been injured or lost their lives as a result of negligence. Such negligence can occur as a result of an automobile accident, premise liability, dangerous products, construction accidents, slip and falls, and/or under countless other scenarios.
- University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
- Honors: magna cum laude
- Honors: Order of the Coif
- Honors: Kentucky Mock Trial Championship
- Honors: Faculty Cup Recipient
- Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky
- Honors: summa cum laude
- Honors: Pre-Law Scholar of the Year
- Honors: Government Scholar of the Year
- Honors: Full Academic Scholarship Recipient
- Honors: Dean's List every Semester
- Major: Government
- Minor: History
- Kentucky, 2001
- Ohio, 2008
- U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2002
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2007
- Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Legislative Committee Member, 2007
- A Custody System Free of Gender Preference and Consistent with the Best Interests of the Child, Kentucky Law Journal, 88 KY. L.J. 761 (2000), Volume 88 - Number 3, 2000
- Coach of the 2003 Kentucky Mock Trial Championships (Brandeis/Louisville 1st Championship)
- Coach of the 2005 Kentucky Mock Trial Championships (Chase's 1st Championship)
Classes & Seminars
- Adjunct Professor (Litigation Skills), Salmon P. Chase College of Law, 2005 to 2006
- Mock Trial Instructor, Louis D. Brandeis College of Law, 2001 to 2003
- Jefferson County Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, 2001 to 2004
- Kenton County Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, 2004 to 2005
- Campbell County Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, 2005 to 2006
- Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, Lead Prosecutor
Fraternities or Sororities
- Theta Chi