James M. Crawford


Professional Employment:

Partner, Crawford & Baxter, P.S.C., Attorneys at Law, Carrollton, Kentucky (1977 to Present) (successor firm to Berry & Floyd, P.S.C., 

Carrollton office)

Commonwealth Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit consisting of Carroll, Owen and Grant Counties, Kentucky (1989 to present)

Educational Background:

Juris Doctorate Degree,

University of Kentucky, College of Law (1977)

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration,

University of Kentucky (1974)

Graduate, Pendleton County High School (1968)

Military Service:

Active Duty in Vietnam, United States Army (1968 - 1970)

Awarded Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Achievement in the Republic of Vietnam, and the Purple Heart

Admissions to Practice Law:

Admitted to practice in all Kentucky Courts (since 1977)

Admitted to practice, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (since 1980); the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky (since 1979); and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (since 1988).

Professional Affiliations:


AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell   (Over 25 years) 

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers 

Member, Kentucky Bar Association

Member, Kentucky Justice Association

Member, Kentucky School Board Association

Member, Electric Cooperative Bar Association

Professional Education:

Graduate, American Association for Justice, Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course in the Art of Persuasion

Graduate, Northwestern University School of Law Forty-Fourth Annual Short Course for Prosecuting Attorneys (1989)

Graduate, University of Kentucky Intensive Trial Advocacy Course (1980)


2010 Outstanding Commonwealth’s Attorney presented by Kentucky Prosecutor’s Advisory  Council, Attorney General Jack Conway

2010 Governor’s Award for Impaired Driving Prosecutions presented by Governor Steven Beshear

Civic Activities:

Board of Directors, First National Bank of Kentucky

(Director, January 1999 to Present; Chairman, 2005 to 2020)

Member, American Legion Carroll Post 341

Past President, Rotary Club of Carrollton and Rotary Foundation, Inc.

Past Trustee, Carroll County Library Board of Trustees


        Fishing, Mowing his yard multiple times per week, and Reading the Wall Street Journal