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Focusing on criminal matters, Mr. Carman is admitted to practice law in all Courts of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. He is a member of the American, Kentucky, and Fayette County Bar Associations.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Carman served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jennifer B. Coffman, United States District Courts for the Eastern (Chief Judge) and Western Districts of Kentucky. Prior to the clerkship, he served as a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps. As a Captain, he served as a criminal defense attorney, where he defended those charged with rape, possession and distribution of drugs, possession of child pornography, larceny, hazing, obstruction of justice, and many other crimes. Mr. Carman also worked as a prosecutor, as well as a legal assistance attorney, during which time he assisted hundreds of clients with their problems in areas of domestic relations, consumer fraud, collections, landlord-tenant matters, and estate planning.

During his tenure in the Marine Corps, Mr. Carman served as in-house counsel for an infantry battalion — 1st Battalion, 2d Marines — with whom he deployed to the Anbar and Ninevah Provinces, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.Mr. Carman graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2005, where he was a member of the Kentucky Law Journal, achieved the distinction of “Best Brief” in his writing club, served as President of the College of Law’s Chapter of Federalist Society, and worked at a Lexington law firm. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Davidson College in 2001 with a Major in Political Science, and served as Vice-President of the Kappa Alpha Order and Captain of the College’s Division I wrestling team. Over time, Mr. Carman has held jobs as diverse as sea kayak guide, ranch hand, and English teacher in Budapest, Hungary.


A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Mr. Carman graduated from Henry Clay High School. He is a Deacon in Calvary Baptist Church and a member of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky. He enjoys spending time with his wife and sons, fishing, making music, and following University of Kentucky athletics.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 65%
    11 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 35%
    11 years



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  • Jason Lee Hargadon

    Dan is that rare attorney that you come across who tries cases. While many lawyers advertise that they secure great results for their clients, only a handful can actually produce a record of successful jury verdicts. Dan tries cases and his trial experience is his bargaining tool that gives you an option to go to trial instead of taking a bad deal. I have had the pleasure of knowing Dan for over 11 years as a lawyer and Marine Corps Officer. I am particularly impressed by Dan’s experience and ability to think outside the box with defense strategies. Although he relies upon his beard to make him look witty, he is actually a smart attorney. As an attorney, Dan earns my highest recommendation.


    Jason Hargadon
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John P. Schrader

    As a judge, I had the priviilege of observing Dan Carman as a lawyer. As a former Marine JAG Officer, I found him to be a skilled and methodical tactician in and out of the courtroom. He is committed to finding and implementing every resource available to ensure his clients receive the highest quality representation. I am pleased to endorse Dan Carman.


    John Schrader Family Attorney
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Contact info

Dan Carman, Attorney at Law

271 West Short Street
Suite 512
Lexington, KY, 40507

Suhre & Associates, LLC

333 W Vine St #300
Lexington, KY, 40507



KYAuthorized to practice law200508/09/2016
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2016
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerDan Carman, Attorney at Law, PLLC2010 - Present
Of CounselSuhre and Associates, LLC2010 - 2014
Law ClerkUnited States District Court, Eastern District Of Kentucky2009 - 2010
CaptainUnited States Marine Corps2004 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Inns of CourtMember2013 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Fayette County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Kentucky College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Davidson CollegePolitical ScienceA.B.2001