John Whitfield


John Whitfield is an experienced litigator and trail attorney with over 30 years of experience. John has handled a variety of cases including personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, discrimination, wage and hour violations, medical malpractice, coal mining accidents, products liability and more.

John realized early in his career that too many people were injured by the negligence of large companies. In 1989 he had the honor of representing the families of five miners who were killed in the Pyro Mine Disaster at the Williams Station Mine in Union County, Kentucky that took the lives of ten workers.

Since the founding of Whitfield, Bryson & Mason in 1996, John has continued to focused on helping clients who have been injured or killed by the negligence of another person or company. He is a certified civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has obtained settlements in both federal and state courts.

John is a frequent lecturer of litigation subjects with numerous organizations including the Kentucky Justice Association and the American Association for Justice. John has written for the Kentucky Justice Association’s trial practice magazine “The Advocate” and is the Trial Commissioner for the Kentucky Attorney Disciplinary System.

Some of John Whitfield’s representative matters include:

  • Counsel for recipients of the Bjork Shiley heart valve, leading to a worldwide settlement against the manufacturer
  • Obtained numerous million dollar judgments for various landowners throughout Kentucky who were victims of fraudulent mine royalty practices
  • Represented hundreds of homeowners in Western Kentucky for defective concrete utilized in their homes and businesses
  • Co-counsel for a class of Kentucky residents overcharged for premium insurance taxes, resulting in settlements against insurance companies for several million dollars
  • Lead Counsel in a case involving negligent nursing supervision of intensive care monitoring, resulting in a confidential six-figure settlement.
  • Lead Counsel in a products case where the design flaw of a shuttle car resulted in the death of a miner, resulting in a $625,000 settlement.


  • University of Kentucky - Lexington: Bachelor of Arts (graduated with distinction)
  • Univeristy of Kentucky - Lexington: Juris Doctor

Professional Associations

  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • American Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • State of Kentucky
  • State of Tenneessee
  • State of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit