A dedicated and experienced team of attorneys
Carolyn L. Kenton, Managing Partner
Carolyn L. Kenton has been in private practice in Lexington, Kentucky since 1992. She established Bluegrass Elderlaw, PLLC in 2011.
A lifelong Kentuckian and a former State Representative, prior to opening her private practice, she served as a trust officer / estate planner for PNC Bank in Lexington, working in estate planning, current asset management and business development. Ms. Kenton has been a frequent lecturer on the subjects of elder law, guardianships, Medicaid, and the probate process. She is a co-author of Volume 23, Kentucky Practice, Elder Law, by West Publications.
She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she earned her B.A., M.A. and J.D. degrees and is a member of the Fayette County Bar Association Elder Law and Probate and Property Sections and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
Amy E. Dougherty, Partner
Amy E. Dougherty has been with Bluegrass Elderlaw, PLLC since 2012. Amy focuses her practice on assisting older persons in qualifying for Medicaid long term care using Wills, Powers-of-Attorney, Advanced Directives, and Trusts. She also advocates for clients before Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid agencies and defends against involuntary dismissal from long term care facilities. Previously, Amy practiced elder law for Legal Aid of the Bluegrass.
Amy is a frequent lecturer and presenter on Elder Law topics. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she earned her B.A. (History) and J.D. Degrees. Amy is a member of the Fayette County Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association (Elder Law Section), the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Academy of Special Needs Planners. She is admitted to practice in the Eastern District of KY, the Western District of KY, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Amy was selected by Commerce Lexington to be a part of the 2017 Leadership Lexington class. She currently also serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Life Plan of Kentucky, Inc.
Mary Ellis Patton, Senior Associate Attorney
Mary Ellis Patton joined Bluegrass Elderlaw, PLLC as an associate in 2014. Mary enjoys getting to know her clients on a personal level and understanding their family dynamics. These conversations help to construct strategies enabling clients to achieve their financial, legal, and health care goals.
Mary is currently the Chair of the Elder Law Section of the Kentucky Bar Association. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Fayette County Bar Association (Women's Law Association, Chair), the Kentucky Bar Association (Elder Law and Probate sections). Mary is a member of the Leadership Lexington class of 2016 and the Leadership Lexington Alumni Steering Committee. She is also an active member of the Delta Zeta Alumni group and volunteers as an advisor to the undergraduate members at the University of Kentucky. Mary is licensed to practice law in both Kentucky and Ohio. She is the author of Chapter 13, Age Discrimination, of the Kentucky Practice Series, Elder Law Volume. She has authored multiple continuing legal education articles.
Mary was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. She earned her B.A. in Communication magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky in 2004. In 2007, she recieved her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law.
Katie E. Finnell, Associate Attorney
Katie E. Finnell joined Bluegrass Elderlaw, PLLC in January 2017 as an Associate after spending several years as a sole practitioner. Katie graduated from the University of Kentucky and earned her law degree from Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law. She is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Fayette County Bar Association. She earned her LLM (legal masters degree) in Estate Planning and Elder Law from Western New England University in 2016. Katie is currently the CLE Committee Chair as well as the Vice President of the KY Bar Association Elder Law Section.
Katie serves as Board Chair of the Plantory dba The Kentucky Conference for Community and Justice, a nonprofit organization that supports positive, passionate, and community-minded businesses and other nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Katie services as chair of a judicially appointed Citizens Foster Care Review Board as well as a member of the CFCRB Legislative Committee. other nonprofit organizations.