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John P Ward Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Louisville, KY

5.0   1 review

also known as J.P. Ward

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    After spending over a decade prosecuting crime as the “Head Trial Attorney” and then a “Division Chief” of district criminal courts. J.P. is a seasoned trial attorney who can defend you in any case from a traffic ticket/DUI, all the way to Murder.

    16 years

  2. General practice
    With over 11 years of practice, I am equipped to help you with almost any type of legal issue including: Civil Litigation, Wills, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, contract disputes, Victim Advocacy, and more.

    14 years

  3. Personal injury
    Attorneys at Murphy & Associates are dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who have suffered personal injury. We represent individuals injured by truck/car accidents, medical malpractice, dog bites, as well as other acts of negligence.

    14 years

  4. Sexual harassment
    Not long-ago victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, schools, and athletics stayed silent about their abuse. The power of the “Me Too” movement and “Title IV” has changed that. Murphy & Associates is equipped to give legal power to your voice.

    11 years

J.P. Ward is a veteran trial attorney who works with his clients to navigate the complex and risky waters of the legal system. J.P. has advocated for hundreds of people including victims of crime, victims injured due to others’ negligence or wrongdoing, and people accused of crime.  After spending over a decade prosecuting crime as the “Head Trial Attorney” and then a “Division Chief” of district criminal courts, J.P. is now using his skills to fight for you.

J.P. has won judgments against corporations, and individuals as well as negotiated favorable resolutions in complex situations. He has often been featured in local media: Courier Journal, WDRB, WLKY, WAVE3, and even obtained national media coverage, U.S. News and World Report after the successful Jury Trial conviction of a police officer for official misconduct. J.P. believes in being the calming presence in heated situations and searches for creative solutions that benefit his clients.   

A graduate of the Louisville Bar Association’s, “Leadership Louisville Academy” J.P. adheres to the highest level of ethical legal practice. J.P. holds a B.A. from the University of Louisville where he was also a scholarship athlete on the Swimming & Diving team. His Juris Doctor and Concentration in Dispute Resolution from the Capital University Law School in Columbus Ohio. While in law school J.P. was awarded an academic scholarship and received the “Book” award for being 1st in his class for both Criminal Procedure and Solo Practice practicum.

J.P. is married to Shanna Hinton Ward; together they have two amazing daughters.

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Licensed for 16 years
State IN
Status Active In Good Standing
Acquired 2019
Updated 01/04/2023
State KY
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/20/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Murphy and Associates PLC
513 S. 2nd St.
Louisville, KY, 40202


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Posted by Lauren | March 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
excellent lawyer
With his background as being a prosecutor, he knows exactly how to go for every case. He goes the extra mile for his clients. I'm grateful for the care, and expertise he put into my case.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Murphy and Associates, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • John P. Ward, Jr. Attorney at Law
  • 2009 - 2018
  • Division Chief Assistant County Attorney
  • Jefferson County Attorney
  • 2006 - 2018


  • Capital University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Louisville
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Argie L. Dale
  • JP won order requiring Defendant to pay $100,000.00 in restitution
  • Commonwealth V. Zechariah Aubrey
  • JP convicted Officer of official misconduct
  • Commonwealth v. Chris Hartman
  • J.P. dismissed charges
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  • Mid America Athletic Training Center, Inc. (MAATC, INC.)
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Kentucky Colonel
  • The Honorable Matt Bevin Kentucky Governor
  • 2018
  • Leadership Louisville Academy
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Continuing Legal Education Award
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Continuing Legal Education Award
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Excellence for the Future Award GENERAL PRACTICE
  • CALI
  • 2006
  • Excellence for the Future Award CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
  • CALI
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

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General practice Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've fought against JP Ward for years while he was a prosecutor. Now he serves clients in private practice, helping people with their personal injury, domestic, and criminal defense needs. JP is always prepared, for every case, every single time. And he works tirelessly to make sure his clients are happy. He'll go the extra mile. Damn good lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a prosecutor, he was a very tough adversary. I also have known him for a long time and he is also very dedicated and hardworking attorney who regularly leave his office late at night. I endorse this attorney to help you on your legal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse JP Ward. JP is an aggressive lawyer who is respected (and feared) by prosecutors."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"JP Ward is a leading attorney in Louisville. As a former prosecutor JP has the inside track at the courthouse. JP has more trial experience than 98% of all other attorneys in the area. JP is also an extremely hard worker. With this combination it is hard to find an attorney who is as good at criminal defense law."
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Louisville Criminal defense Lawyer John P Ward Jr.
John P Ward Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Louisville, KY
Licensed for 16 years
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