William Mitchell Hall, Jr.

William Mitchell Hall, Jr.

Ashland, Kentucky

Mitchell Hall has devoted the last 25 years to defending large businesses, employers, and insurance carriers throughout eastern Kentucky. An AV rated attorney by his clients and peers, Mitch has tried over 25 cases to jury verdict and has successfully defended hundreds of administrative hearings. He has argued appeals before the Sixth Circuit and Kentucky’s appellate courts and has won hundreds of summary judgment motions in state and federal court. His clients include the region’s largest hospital, Fortune 500 industrial facilities, financial institutions, a large regional wholesale distribution company, local school boards, and healthcare professionals.

Mitch has tried medical liability, employment, transportation, commercial, and premises liability cases to verdict throughout Eastern Kentucky. His labor and employment practice includes representing large companies in union negotiations, labor arbitrations, and contested proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. Mitch’s recent accomplishments include successfully litigating a multimillion dollar federal court condemnation action involving a natural gas transmission pipeline in Eastern Kentucky and obtaining multiple judgments for large health care and industrial employers defending employment discrimination and retaliation claims.

Mitch’s roots run deep in eastern Kentucky, as he was raised in Morehead, with family history in Johnson and Magoffin Counties. Mitch obtained his undergraduate degree from Davidson College and graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law as a member of the Order of the Coif in 1991.

Mitch serves as President Elect of the Kentucky Defense Counsel, where he founded and served as Editor of Common Defense, a nationally recognized defense publication for which the organization was awarded DRI’s Outstanding Achievement Award. He serves as Chair of the Kentucky CLE Commission and President of the Kentucky Council of School Board Attorneys. He was recently invited to become a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. An avid golfer, Mitch has coached the Ashland Blazer High School Golf Team since 2013, and he has also coached the high school’s Mock Trial Team since 2002. He is on the Board of Directors for the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center and the Ashland Alliance and has served as an elder of his church and as a Board member of the Northeast Kentucky United Way.

Areas of Practice

  • 45% Medical Negligence
  • 20% Labor and Employment Law
  • 20% Commercial Litigation
  • 10% Education Law
  • 5% Commercial Transactions

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1991
  • Ohio, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1991
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Law Journal: Kentucky Law Journal, Editor, 1989 - 1991
  • Davidson College
    • B.A. - 1987
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • "Granfinanciera, Northern Pipeline, and "Public Rights:" May a Bankruptcy Judge Preside Over a Jury Trial?", 80 Ky. L.J. 499, (1991-1992)


  • Working with the Judicial System, Kentucky Association of School Administrators – 1st Annual Education Law Symposium, 2011
  • Student Discipline and the Court System, Kentucky Association of School Administrators – 2nd Annual Education Law Symposium, 2012
  • You Can’t Talk to My Folks – The Ethical Rules Governing Attorney Contact with Employees of Represented Entities, Council of School Board Attorneys Winter Meeting, 2013

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Martindale Hubbell Rating
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel Outstanding Service Award, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 1991 - Present
  • Ohio Bar Association, Member, 2004 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Commission, Chair, 2016 - 2017, Member, 2011 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Commission on the Future of the Legal Profession, Member, 2017
  • Kentucky Council of School Board Attorneys, President, 2016, Board of Directors, 2012 - Present
  • Kentucky School Board Attorneys Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel, President Elect, 2017, Vice President, 2016, Secretary - Treasurer, 2015, Publications Committee Chair, 2013-2016, Board of Directors, 2009- Present