Ernest H. Jones, II

Hank’s primary area of practice has been insurance litigation, representing major insurance companies and third party administrators in all aspects of insurance litigation, including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability (slip and fall cases and swimming pool accidents), catastrophic injury claims (brain and spinal cord injuries), products liability cases, arson and fraud claims, coverage analysis, and extra-contractual liability and “bad faith” claims. He has represented insurers and insureds in over 90 of Kentucky’s 120 counties and tried cases in over 60 of Kentucky’s counties. Additionally, Hank has been engaged by attorneys state-wide for alternative dispute resolution.

Hank graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in December of 1973 and was admitted to practice law in all Kentucky state and federal courts on May 1, 1974. Between May 1, 1974 and December 31, 2006, Hank practice with the law firm of Geralds, Jones, Swisher and Rohlfing, PSC, (and its predecessor firms) until joining Sturgill, Turner, Barker and Moloney on January 1, 2007

Hank is retiring from Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, PLLC, effective June 30, 2021. While a member of Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, Hank mediated cases on a state-wide basis both in person and via Zoom. After his retirement from Sturgill-Turner, Hank will continue his state-wide mediation practice via Hank Jones Mediations, LLC ( His alternative dispute resolution practice will include mediations, arbitrations and 3rd party neutral allocation of aggregate settlements per the decision of Branham v. Stewart.

Hank received his mediation training through the Central Kentucky Mediation Center, which was a week long program and has continued to attend and present annually CME courses. Hank has presented multiple courses on mediations to the Kentucky Bar Association on Effective Mediation Strategy from the Attorney and Mediators Perspective, and the Kentucky Defense Counsel, Association of Attorney Mediators and Defense Research Institute on mediation issues. In particular, Hank presented at the 2018 Annual Convention for the Defense Research Institute on Ethical Issues in Mediations and to the Annual Conventions of the Association of Attorney Mediators in Santa Fe, NM., Indianapolis, In. and Charleston, SC.

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University of Kentucky, J. D. (1973)
University of Kentucky, B.S. (1970)

Bar Admission

Kentucky, 1974; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court, 1976


Kentucky Defense Counsel: Board of Directors (1984-1989, 1992-1999); President (1988-1989, 1997-1998)

Defense Research Institute: Kentucky Representative (2000-2002)

American Board of Trial Advocates

Central Kentucky American Inn of Court

Fayette County Bar Association: Sergeant-At-Arms; Board of Governors (1975-1976)

Bowling Green-Warren County Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Association of Attorney-Mediators


Best Lawyers in America® Insurance Law Lexington Lawyer of the Year (2014 & 2020)

Best Lawyers in America®: Insurance Law

Kentucky Super Lawyers®: Civil Litigation Defense, Insurance Coverage, Personal Injury Defense: General

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

DRI Exceptional Performance Citation (1989 & 1998


Litigating the Declaratory Judgment Action, DRI’s In House Quarterly (Fall 2015)


Your Losing Season – Don’t Let Ethical Issues Turn the Tide On You, Association of Attorney-Mediators Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and Annual Meeting (2019)

Ethical Mediation, Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc.’s Spring Seminar on the Art of Negotiation (2018)

Recognize an Unreasonable Third-Party Demand; How to Respond to a Potential Bad Faith Set-Up; Defenses in a Bad Faith Suit; and Ethics presentations for the National Business Institute’s “Insurance Bad Faith ‘Set-Up’ in Ky.” CLE (2018)

Ethics in Mediation, presentation for the Association of Attorney-Mediators Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training (2017 & 2018)

Mediation: Nuts & Bolts, Kentucky Bar Association New Lawyer Program (2017 & 2018)

Consent Judgments & Forbearance Agreements, Kentucky Justice Association’s Bad Faith in Kentucky CLE (2016)

Professional Responsibility: Dealing with Ethical Challenges in Your Practice, KBA Kentucky Law Update CLE (2015)

Voir Dire and the Art of Asking the Right Questions, Voir Dire & Jury Selection NBI CLE (2015)

Jury Selection Strategy, Voir Dire & Jury Selection NBI CLE (May 2015)

Social Media Use and Other Complex Jury Issues, Voir Dire & Jury Selection NBI CLE (May 2015)

Ethical Considerations in Jury Selection, Voir Dire & Jury Selection NBI CLE (2015)

The Upcoming Role of Mediation in Kentucky, KBA Kentucky Law Update CLE (2014)

Practical Tips for Jury Selection in Civil Litigation, KBA Kentucky Law Update CLE (2014)

Effective (and Ineffective) Mediation Strategy and Presentation from a Mediator’s Perspective, KBA Kentucky Law Update CLE (2013)