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John C. Kirk is newest associate counsel of firm

John, Alex, Molly and Johnna Kirk (click for larger version)
PRESTONSBURG ó John Coleman Kirk, after receiving notice that he had passed the two-day examination administered by the Kentucky Bar Association in July, was given an oath to practice law by Supreme Court Justice Janet Stumbo.

Kirk graduated with honors from Vanderbilt Law School in May. He also graduated with high honors in 1991 from Morehead State University, where he attained a 4.0 grade-point average. After graduating from Morehead, Kirk and his wife, the former Johnna Hill of Prestonsburg, established and operated a number of retail businesses in the area.

Kirk grew up in Inez and graduated in 1983 from Sheldon Clark High School, where he was a standout on that yearís successful basketball and baseball teams. He helped lead Sheldon Clark to its first Sweet Sixteen appearance since Inez won the state championship in 1954. Kirkís baseball team was also featured in USA Today due to its 25-game winning streak and his perfect 9-0 pitching record.

Kirk is an associate counsel for Kirk Law Firm and will practice primarily in the firmís Paintsville, Inez and Prestonsburg offices. Kirk interned at Kirk Law Firm while in law school and did extensive research on the recently concluded mass tort litigation on behalf of 435 people who successfully sued Martin County Coal Corporation for damages resulting from the Oct. 11, 2000, dam rupture which released 300 million gallons of sludge into Kentucky waterways. Kirk is presently working as co-counsel on behalf of an additional 100 people who have filed new claims for alleged damages resulting from the dam rupture.

John and Johnna Kirk and their children, Alex and Molly, live at Paintsville.

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