Jeffrey R. Soukup

Phone: (859) 288-2826 | Fax: (859) 281-6478 | Email:
175 East Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507

Jeffrey R. Soukup is an associate in the Firm’s Lexington, Kentucky, office.  He practices in the areas of general litigation, appellate litigation, workers' compensation and federal black lung claims.

Prior to joining Jackson Kelly, Mr. Soukup served as a law clerk to the Honorable John M. Rogers of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, as well as to the Honorable Karen K. Caldwell of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  He previously practiced general litigation at the Lexington, Kentucky, office of Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love LLP.

Mr. Soukup received his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in May 2007.  He graduated magna cum laude and was admitted to the Order of the Coif.  During law school, Mr. Soukup served as the Managing Editor of the Kentucky Law Journal, was selected for publication in the Journal’s 2006-2007 volume and was awarded the Stoll Keenon and Park Scholarship for Outstanding Service to the Journal. 

Mr. Soukup graduated with Highest Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2004, earning the degree of Bachelor of Science in finance.  During his undergraduate years, Mr. Soukup was inducted into three national honor societies, including the prestigious Beta Gamma Sigma international business honor society.
Legal Experience
2011 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
2010 - 2011Law Clerk, Judge John M. Rogers, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
2008 - 2010Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love LLP
2007 - 2008Law Clerk, Judge Karen K. Caldwell, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
2006Summer Associate, Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love LLP
2005Summer Intern in Patent Law, Motorola, Inc.
2007J.D.University of Kentucky College of Law
2004B.S.University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Finance)
Bar Admissions
2012West Virginia
Court Admissions
2012U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
2012U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
2012West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
2011U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
2010U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
2008U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
2007Supreme Court of Kentucky

  • Friends of the Lexington Public Library, Board of Directors
  • Southside Church of Christ

Writings and Publications:
  • Rolling the Dice on Precedent and Wagering on Legislation: The Law of Gambling Debt Enforceability in Kentucky After Kentucky Off-Track Betting, Inc. v. McBurney and KRS § 372.005, 95 Ky. L.J. 529 (2005).

Awards and Honors:
  • Order of the Coif
  • Stoll Keenon and Park Award for Outstanding Service to the Kentucky Law Journal
  • Seven-time winner of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award
  • Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society
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