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Joe Wayne Hendricks Jr.

Attorney at Russellville, KY

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Joe W. Hendricks, Jr.

This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
  • State Years
    Kentucky - KY 27 years
    Georgia - GA 28 years
    Tennessee - TN 10 years
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State KY
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1995
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2013
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Joe

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Judge Hendricks was elected Circuit Judge for Kentucky's Seventh Judicial Circuit (Logan & Todd Counties) on November 5, 2019 and was sworn in on November 25, 2019.

Joe  was a member with Brooks, & Hendricks, PLLC, with offices in Russellville, KY and Springfield, TN.  A native of Logan County, Kentucky, Joe returned to Logan County in 2013 practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate and Wills, Criminal Defense,  Family Law and Business Law.  Joe is licensed to practice in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia.


Joe graduated from Berry College and Georgia State University College of Law.  He began practice in 1995 as an Assistant District Attorney in Georgia's  Appalachian Judicial Circuit.  After three years, Joe entered private practice in Canton.  He ran a successful solo firm.  Joe focused on criminal, family, tort, business, and bankruptcy law.


In 2004, Joe was elected Disrict Attorney in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit.  Joe spent the next eight years running a highly regarded office.  He won murder trials and successfully prosecuted corrupt public officials.  His trial performance and moral courage won respect statewide, and Joe was invited to work with the Judicial Qualifications Commission to remove unethical judges around the state.  

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Joe Hendricks is an experienced attorney with the Russellville, Ky law firm of Milam, Brooks, & Hendricks, LLP.  Joe is a former elected district attorney with over 10 years of experience as a prosecutor.

Contact Joe

Circuit Judge, Seventh Judicial Circuit (Logan & Todd)
P.O. Box 68
329 W 4th Street
Russellville, KY, 42276


5.0 / 5.0
  5 customer reviews
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Posted by Justin | December 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI case
I was charged back in July of 2016, for a DUI. I will keep it short and sweet but will give facts. When I was stopped, I was being pulled over for not having my lights on, which I admitted to. I was in Central City, KY for work and driving a rental. I had 1 drink 6 hours prior to going back to hotel for the evening, along with a meal. When the officer came back running my information, he told me he smelt alcohol and wanted me to step out of the vehicle. So I followed all his commands and request for test. I completed all test fine and no issue, according to the officer. When I denied taking a breathe test that when he said he could smell alcohol on my breath, "9ft away". Yes that's what the officer said in court. So then the research came in finding an attorney, which I've never had to do, ever. I'm not perfect but I do my best to not put myself into these types of situations. After spending hours calling around, looking up reviews on attorneys around the area, I finally came across Mr. Joe Hendricks. After talking with Joe on the phone, we agreed to meet in person. After myself and my co worker talked to him, who was a witness, we both felt comfortable that he was the one that I could trust to make a strong case for me and present facts that could support my innocence. My trial date was November of 2016. Joe had nothing but facts in hand in the courtroom and showed the jury that I followed the officers instructions to perform his FST. Even though I was found innocent, this was still a life lesson learned. I have to thank Joe for being there by my side through it all and making me feel calm throughout the whole process. I would definitely recommend Joe in the states he's licensed in if you run into this situation. Five star attorney! Can't be anymore thankful for Joe and his team.
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Posted by Don | November 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
DUI Recommended
I'm writing this from a parents point of view. Our son has never been in this position with having a DUI, and being in another state made this more difficult and challenging. He went through a lot the night of his arrest and had to spend the night in a cold jail cell. We started searching online and through this site, found Mr Hendricks with high recommendations. The next day our son had a consultation with him and felt very comfortable using him as his attorney for his case. Mr Hendricks believed in his case from the beginning and told him he would be there for him the whole way even if it went to trial. Which it did end up going to trial. Mr. Hendrick's was confident in his case and gave him the peace of mind to believe in him. The laws in DUI cases are very complex, but he was well educated and versed. He is relentless in obtaining every fact relevant to your circumstances. He is deeply involved in legal research, strongly versed in his knowledge of the law, and operates on an intellectual and professional level. He took a step by step approach with bringing all the evidence out in the court room. Needless to say the out come was the best news ever - NOT GUILTY! If you ever need an attorney in Kentucky or Tennessee Joe Hendricks is the first attorney I would call.
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Posted by Shannon | October 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I had never been in any real legal trouble and i was accussed of something i had no part in i was actually at work but they still indicted me and mr. Hendricks worked extremely hard to get all the evidence to prove my innocence through phone records my history records every record he could and he talked to me about every step we were going to take and actually explained it so i could understand what was going on or about to happen hamds down i will never use another lawyer as long as he is a lawyer anyone wanting or needing a great lawyer he should be your first pick
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Posted by Jason | August 17, 2014
Not sure what he did behind the scenes but I feel he was able to get the other side to see my case for what it is. I would like to believe he saw me as a person. Not just a paycheck. I highly recommend Joe and thank him very much.
Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2013
Fully trust without reservation
I had never before been in legal difficulty, or wrongfully charged with anything. Initially I engaged an attorney inappropriate for me and I replaced him with with Mr.Hendricks. Having "never" been in any kind of prior legal problem, let alone a DUI charge; I was severely upset, which is a grand understatement, having never been arrested, never spending a night in a cold jailhouse, for just under twenty four hours. A retired professional in my field; I strongly recommend to anyone; meeting with Mr. Joseph Hendricks, for the purpose of engaging representation with any legal problems! This defense attorney, strongly possesses in my opinion; the intellectual and legal assets, the flexibility of mind, a legal Firm where other professionals and a staff will do everything that is in their power to help Joe resolve your argument with the System. Mr. Hendricks is relentless in obtaining every obtainable fact relevant to your circumstances. He is deeply involved in legal research, strongly versed in his knowledge of the law, and once (a former Prosecutor,) operates on an intellectual and professional level that is outstanding, in my opinion above his peers! I prefer to keep my comments short however; anyone in need of outstanding legal criminal defense counsel, will be wise and rewarded many times meeting with Joe Hendricks. God willing I will never have need of a defense attorney again however, Mr. Hendrick's card will never again leave my purse or home. Having known Mr. Hendricks but a very short time Having been defended by him I recommend him without qualification. He would if needs be the first person I would address legal difficulties to!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Brooks & Hendricks, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Milam, Brooks, & Hendricks, LLP
  • 2013 - 2015
  • District Attorney
  • Office of the District Attorney Appalachian Judicial Circuit
  • 2005 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Joe W. Hendricks, Jr., P.C.
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Abernathy & Ballinger
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Office of the District Attorney Appalachian Judicial Circuit
  • 1995 - 1998
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  • Georgia State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Berry College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. J.P.
  • Acquitted
  • State of Tennessee v. C.P.
  • Found not guilty by a jury.
  • State v.Grady Debord
  • Acquitted


  • WealthCounsel Kentucky State Forum
  • Founding Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Robertson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Logan County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Robertson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Russellville Rotary Club
  • 2013 - Present
  • Logan County Chamber of Commerce
  • 2016 President
  • 2013 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • District Attorneys' Association of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2012
  • Appalachian Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2012
  • National District Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2012
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Blue Ridge Circuit Bar Association
  • Former President
  • 1998 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Continuing Legal Education Award
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Judicial Partnership Award
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • 2012


Speaking Engagements

  • Feedback with Don Neagle
  • Radio Appearance about Estate Planning, Protecting the Family Farm
  • 2014
  • 2006 Summer Conference
  • Georgia's New Restitution Statute
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (10)
Endorse Joe
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. Joe and I are members of a premier national estate planning attorney group. He has an excellent reputation as an estate planning attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe and I belong to a national organization of estate planning attorneys where we share ideas, planning strategies and help each other stay current in our professional roles. I would definitely refer clients to Joe who live in his area."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe has been a great asset to my practice with his willingness to answer questions about estate planning and probate. I often contact Joe when I come across an area of law that I am unfamiliar with. I highly recommend Joe."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am a New Jersey attorney. I had a Kentucky real estate matter that I needed some assistance with. I contacted Mr. Hendricks and requested his assistance. To say that he was tremendous would be an understatement. He took the time to speak with me about my client's legal issues and walk through various options. He also followed up with my office to see that everything went smoothly. Mr. Hendricks was not only knowledgeable and helpful, but he was genuinely kind and generous with his time. His office staff was equally helpful with their time and efforts. I endorse Mr. Hendricks for your Kentucky real estate legal needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Other
"Master estate planner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I met Joe when he was in private practice doing defense work and I was a prosecutor. We had several hard-fought cases against one another where I saw first-hand how good of a lawyer he is. After he was elected District Attorney, I came to work for him as one of his Senior Assistant prosecutors. Hands-down, Joe is the best boss I've ever worked for. He was a committed public servant whose legal ability is eclipsed only by his outstanding personal character."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I began my career working for Joe Hendricks when he was District Attorney. He led by example in the office and showed his staff that hard work and diligence were key to handling any case. To Joe, your case will not simply be a number: his clients are truly important to him. His intellect, prudence, and compassion make him an advocate I would want on my side in any matter. I strongly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have known Joe Hendricks for 12 years, and I had the privilege of working for him when he was an elected district attorney. Joe taught me his values: hard work, diligent research, credible advocacy, and ethical practice. I am fortunate to have an attorney of such tremendous skill and integrity as my mentor, and I would entrust him with any legal matter. The people in the Russellville area are fortunate to have an attorney as accomplished as Joe, and I strongly endorse and recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is an excellent lawyer who zealously represents his clients and pays attention to all of the important details. His passion for the law and his compassion for others makes him the a superlative professional. I have known Joe for 17 years as both opposing counsel, co-counsel and a fellow lawyer in the community."
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