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Over my 19 years of practicing law I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my clients to achieve the results that they are seeking in their legal matters.  Many times these results can be achieved through mediation, however, when they cannot, you need a lawyer who is experienced in litigation of all types to help you navigate the Court system.  Throughout the years, I have gained the respect of my peers and my clients for zealously advocating my client's positions fairly and honestly to achieve these results.  I would welcome the opportunity to assist you in your legal matters.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
    22 years, 900 cases
  2. Litigation: 30%
    22 years, 700 cases
  3. Car Accident: 20%
    22 years, 100 cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Heather Pack Howell

    Mr. Stinetorf and I worked together for a number of years. He is an excellent attorney is many areas of the law, especially family law. I highly recommend him.


    Heather Howell Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

234 North Limestone Street
Lexington, KY, 40507


KYAuthorized to practice law199307/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Kentucky's Top Rated LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Best Oral Advocate Second Year CompetitionUniversity of Kentucky Moot Court Board1991
Fred Donald AwardDelta Sima Phi Fraternity1990
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateBullock & Coffman LLP2007 - 2012
AssociateTodd & Walter Attorneys1993 - 2007
Law ClerkTodd & Walter Attorneys1991 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
First United Methodist Church Endowment FoundationChairman of the Board of Stewards2010 - Present
Kentucky Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Fayette County Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Kentucky Justice AssociationMember1993 - Present
Southeastern Cal Ripken Baseball LeagueBoard Member2008 - 2009
Southern Heights Neighborhood Neighborhood AssociationPresident2005 - 2006
Crestwood Christian Church Child Care CouncilBoard Member2003 - 2006
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lexington, KentuckyBig Brother1987 - 1994
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Westin v. ShipleyThe case was ultimately settled.
Collazos-Cruz v. United StatesPrisoner was transferred and case was dismissed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarCross-Examination and Redirect - Focus on Experts and Evidence2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Kentucky College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Transylvania UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Garrard County High SchoolN/AN/A1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advanced Trial TacticsCross Examination and Redirect Focusing on Expert Witnesses2012
Kentucky Guardianship Association Annual ConferenceKentucky Guardianship Proceedings2009
Kentucky Bar Association Annual UpdateCurrent Updates in DUI Law2005