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Joseph Thomas Ireland

Personal injury Attorney at Covington, KY

4.9   16 reviews
  • State Years
    Kentucky - KY 15 years
    Ohio - OH 16 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State KY
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Successfully handled wrongful deaths, closed head injuries, trucking and aviation accidents, toxic torts, and serious auto accidents. I have extensive experience defending and prosecuting theses cases. Some people wait to long to hire an attorney thinking they can handle it themselves. I assure you this area of law is complicated. I provide free initial consultations to personal injury victims and their family to discuss your various options.

    16 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    Divorce, dissolution, and legal separations require candid advice from an experienced attorney who can give you options. I pride myself on helping my clients regain control of their lives.

    14 years

  3. Family
    Child safety and custody litigation require experience. I pride myself in reuniting parents and children. I have represented hundreds of clients in this area and have had countless trials. Call me.

    14 years, 200 cases

  4. Criminal defense
    Successfully defended numerous clients facing various felonies and misdemeanors. Appointed as conflict counsel for Kenton Co., Campbell Co., Harrison Co., Pendleton Co., Fayette Co., Nicholas Co., and Bourbon Co. KY. Criminal representation requires immediate action. Some clients wait to long trying to do it own their own. Don't make that mistake, you need help now.

    14 years

Personal injury, family law and criminal defense trial attorney licensed in Kentucky and Ohio. My clients trust me to advocate for them with integrity and dedication.  I gladly accept this responsibility and have built my practice one satisfied client at a time.  

I am a trial attorney.  There are very few lawyers that consistently try as many cases as me.  This trial experience has provided me with tools most lawyers simply don't have.  Ever case has its own story that must be told.  It doesn't matter if it is helping an injured client recover compensation for their pain and suffering or defending some one accused of a crime, I never give up.  

If you want an attorney that will tell you the truth, provide you with options, and help accomplish your goals, call me.  I frequently handle the following types of cases: 

Civil Litigation: Serious Injury | Automobile Accidents | Motorcycle Accidents | Insurance Bad Faith | Insurance Claims | 

Family Law:  Divorce  | Disolution  | Custody | Neglect & Abuse

Criminal Defense: Misdemeanor | Felony | DUI | Child Abuse 




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Russell & Ireland LLC
726 Greenup St.
Covington, KY, 41075

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  16 customer reviews
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Posted by Christina | February 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The BEST! Hands Down!
I have been babysitting (&raising my own) children for over 20 years! Then the unimaginable happened to me and i was brought into a families case because i was their babysitter and they were wanting to charge all caregivers because they couldnt pinpoint any 1 person.. i freaked out! I cried! I lost sleep! Etc. I didn't want this case to flow into my family and effect my children in any way and I obviously did not want to have those charge!! Very heart breaking and scary situation! So I began my search! I researched sooo many attorneys! I had to be sure I had someone who would protect my children most of all and secondly defend my innocence and keep me from being charged! I spent 2 days researching, calling and speaking with attorneys.. most sounded the same, pretty routine, very brief explanation etc. Some seemed to not even know of the type of case it was, or anything about it, even being in family law? And none of them gave me the feelings of confidence, safety and protection that i was hoping for.. this was scaring me more.. Then I spoke with Joeseph Ireland and WOW! Thats where my search ended! He was extremely knowledgeable! He was explaining exactly where things were on the paper in front of me, over the phone! Then as i was reading him the sections he had asked for, anytime I would slightly pause because there was a word that I couldn't pronounce. He would literally fill in the blank of my pause and say the word before i could even try to pronounce it?! He was very professional but knew how to speak to u as calm and caring as a life long friend! He gave me all the specifics on how the case might go, should go and could go!! As well as all possible outcomes. He knows the laws and was very spot on!! I dont know much about laws and the courts but Joeseph was great at breaking down and explaining it all in a way I could fully understand! He was very patient and listened to my every word. He answered all my questions (and I had a lot!) He also calmed all my anxiety and fears! After our consultation I was left speechless! (In a good way!) I knew I HAD to hire him as my lawyer and I did!! He remained the same patient, caring, knowledgeable, "life long friend" throughout the whole drawn-out process! He also kept me reassured that I didn't have anything to fear! He made sure i understood everything that was going on, what was going to happen next, what I needed to do to prepare if anything and all possible outcomes. I am 110% positive that he was the best I could have found and so thankful I did! And every since the day of consultation I have told so many people about Joeseph Ireland and I also will always HIGHLY recommended him!! I could never thank him enough for everything!! He's the Best! Hands Down!!
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Posted by Sharon | February 9, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Integrity Plus!
I am speechless after an hour-long consultation with Joseph Ireland! He listened intently and was honest with his recommendations and suggestions. He was professional, yet had the ability to connect on a friendly level with my son who was nervous about the entire legal process. He helped us feel much more prepared with a plan moving forward. Mr. Ireland is a great find for your family law needs!
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in Family Court!!! No Fear Look No Further!
We were faced with the biggest fear of our lives and after calling so many attorneys for help, Joseph Ireland called me back immediately after I left a message and just like that, I knew he was the one. He represented my son in a very sensitive case. No doubt if we hadn’t had him in the court room it would have ended very differently. He is extremely responsive and knows how to prepare you and make you understand the court system (lord knows it’s a mess). The state of Ky really needs to look into how judges have no care in the cases they are hearing in Kenton County Family Court! CHILDREN’S SAFETY should be their priority but it clearly is not. Long story short no one wins in family court but we were successful at protecting our most valuable family member and we owe that all to him! Thank you Joseph for loving what you do and most of all caring about your cases. If you are looking for an attorney STOP looking and call Joseph!
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Posted by Andria | July 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would hire him once more, if needed.
Mr. Ireland is intuitive and honest. I hired him to help with school placement for my children, as my ex-husband and I couldn't agree upon the location. He walked me through the entire process with honesty and integrity (despite the unprofessional tactics used by my ex-husband's attorney).
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Perfect Choice in Family Law
I was in desperate need of legal help and guidance as quickly as possible as it pertain to a domestic issue I was dealing with and could not make go away. When I got "zero" help from the family court system, police departments in two states, or any other resource I reached out to I found Joseph Ireland. He listened to my issues and responded accordingly in a matter of a few hours delivering an end product that same day, which was most favorable to me in my difficult domestic situation. Extremely knowledgeable in the law, very professional, and prompt in his service and delivery, he exhibited excellent and complete follow through. Hands down I could not recommend a better attorney for your family law needs.
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
More than a lawyer
I highly recommend Joseph Ireland. He is an amazing attorney. He is very professional, knowledgeable, and personable. We have spent sometime working with him, and he is very reliable. He responds to phone calls and emails in a very reasonable time manner. He helped us through the most difficult time in our life and he believed in us, and stood up for us. He was positive and always honest. He took his time to get to know us, and listened to everything we had to say. I truly can't Thank him enough for what he did for our family. I highly recommend Joseph Ireland. He now has became more than a lawyer to us.
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Posted by Roger | May 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Won’t stop fighting for you
I was accused of false allegations in October of 2017 and Joseph Irland of Russle and Irland law group has been there the whole way for me has always been up front with me even if it was something I didn’t want to hear!!! Joseph Irland put everything he has into My case to make sure I had the best defense possible and he has fought tooth and nail to get me and my daughter back together and has not gave up and won’t thats how confident in him I am .He is a good man and cares about the cases and the people he works for and always replies back in a timely manner if you need a good family law lawyer Joseph Irland is the one to go with he knows what he is doing and will fight the law with everything he has to get justice. If your having trouble and are in need of a family law lawyer I would highly recommend Joseph Irland from the Russle and Irland law group he is top notch and won’t stop fighting all I ask is to call him and give him a chance you won’t be disappointed I wasn’t I consider him a friend now he truly does care what happens and you can see it in him in the court room when he is fighting your case he is a fighter
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Posted by Julia | February 2, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Are you looking for a great lawyer that will stand for your rights and fight for you to the very end? Well look no further!
If you are looking for a great lawyer that will stand up for your rights, and that will make sure you and your case is being treated fairly? Well look no further Joseph T. Ireland is the lawyer you are looking for. I have been a client of Mr. Ireland since year of 2012 and currently now as we speak. Since Ireland has been working with my case, he has never let me down. Ireland always made sure I was treated fairly and made sure my voice and opinions was heard amongst others. Anything favor that he had asked of a higher up, they always granted his wish. We never lost in a case. I know many people have a hard time having trust in faith in their lawyers, but i promise you this you will not have that worry with Joseph Ireland. Joseph Ireland is very well experienced in handling a variety of cases such as personal injury, divorce and seperation as well family court cases. Joseph Ireland never put anything less than 100% in winning his cases. So if you are struggling to find lawyer that is determined and that will truthfully fight for your case. Let your worries stop right here, and hire Joseph Ireland. I recommend you to have Joseph Ireland as your lawyer if you want to win your case fairly with no problems. I am very well pleased with Mr. Ireland's work, i couldn't ask for a better lawyer. Joseph Thomas Ireland is the lawyer you are looking for, don't hesitate to give him a call. Stop losing and start winning!!
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Posted by Conrad | January 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer. Highly recommended
Very professional & very knowledgable of the laws. Joseph went out of his way to make sure that we understood the situation we're in. Made us understand the pros & cons of going ahead & persuing our case. I would recommend Joseph to all my relatives & friends.
Posted by Matt | December 8, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
My company hired Mr. Ireland to take care of a customer that didnt want to pay for the work we completed. Joe was able to negotiate a deal for our company to settle the claim out of court saving our company added expenses and time that we gladly accepted. I really enjoyed my experince with Mr. Ireland I will turn to Mr. Ireland for all of my legal affairs or his advice in the future. I have already given Joe name to family members and friends. friends
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Posted by glenn ammon | July 30, 2015
Legal Advisment
Joseph's professionalism was evident the moment I contacted him. He was very courteous and concerned, he made us feel like we were his only client. This was a case in, involving my son so it was very emotional for my wife and I, his concern meant a lot. After reviewing the facts Joseph helped us relax and gave us the direction to handle this case the appropriate way. Again, I felt as if he dropped everything and we became his #1 priority. Without going into details, things played out almost exactly how he predicted they would. Joseph stayed in touch and followed up with us regularly until the issue was resolved and we were comfortable with the outcome. I can't thank him enough! Joseph Ireland will certainly be my family's "go to" for any legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2015
Non-Competition Agreement
Joseph provided exceptional legal advice regarding a non-competition agreement I encountered with my consulting firm. He reviewed a specific clause in my employment agreement that I was led to believe prevents me from taking a job at one of my former clients. He was very thorough and knowledgeable on the subject, and provided an interpretation of the language in the agreement that was overall very favorable and supportive. Before speaking with Joseph, I was under the impression I may need to quit my job in order to be eligible for the new position with my former client. Now I am much more confident there are other options I can explore before leaving my firm. His advice has saved me 2 years of uncertainty during the waiting period that is called for in my agreement. I appreciate his help in the matter and would recommend his services to anyone needing legal support and advice in the future!
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Posted by Charles | September 10, 2014
Gives Hope when Hope is needed
Mr. Ireland is a great lawyer, who gives hope when hope is needed and is very positive. He fought hard for our case and was on top of any questions or needs we had! I would recommend him to anyone!
Posted by Vince | April 11, 2014
LLC Made Easy
I cannot express enough gratitude to Joseph Ireland for all of his expertise and advice that he extended to me when establishing an LLC for my new company. I lacked the knowledge that I needed for getting my company started, and Joseph guided me through the process with patience and professionalism. As an up and coming business owner, it was very important for me to find proper guidance and counsel in this new venture. Joseph was very giving of his time and resources in helping me through this process. I can't say enough great things about Joseph and all he has done for me with helping me get my company established.
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Posted by Bryan | May 26, 2011
my divorce
I was uninformed of the process involved when getting a divorce, Joseph was patient and gave clear advice on possible routes that I could take as well as explaining the details as they pertained to a particular course of action. Ill be contacting them again if necessary.
Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2015
Will use services again
I've used Joseph's services on several occasions, and he's always gone out of his way to be honest and try to do the right thing - even if it meant less business for him in the long run. That's a rare thing to find in a lawyer. He helped me accomplish my goals while recommending communication and open interaction between both parties. I'm very happy with the outcomes of my disputes and, more importantly, I feel good about how we conducted ourselves. I will absolutely come back to Joseph again in the future if the need arises.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 175-250 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Russell & Ireland LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • Willenborg, Russell & Ireland, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Montgomery, Rennie & Jonson
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • Gregory S. Young Co.
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2007
  • University of Kentucky
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2004


  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • International Society of Explosive Engineers
  • 2007 - 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (11)
Endorse Joseph
Family Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph is a great attorney with impressive drive to get great results for his clients. He works hard, is amazingly intelligent, and never misses a beat!"
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Ireland is thorough, knowledgeable, and always professional. Mr. Ireland conducts his practice according to the highest standards of integrity and advocacy. I strongly recommend his services without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a thoughtful and smart attorney. He navigates well in the courtroom and works hard for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer - Joe is diligent and professional."
Family Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Family member
"Mr. Ireland is a hardworking and thoughtful attorney. He will go out of his way to help his clients and pursue all means available."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Ireland is knowledgeable in all areas of family law. He diligently and effectively advocates for his clients. He is well respected by Judges and other counsel. I frequently recommend him to clients, I am unable to represent."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph works hard and zealously advocates for his clients. He is intelligent, presents professionally, and is always a gentleman. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Joe on over 100 cases. He is an excellent attorney and I recommend him!"
Litigation Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joseph is an excellent attorney and personal friend. He thoroughly researches all of his cases and makes every effort to communicate with his clients and to achieve the best possible outcome. Not only do his clients enjoy working with him, but judges and attorneys in the community have expressed admiration of Joseph's work. I highly recommend Joseph for any civil litigation, domestic relations, and criminal cases."
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