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To report an ethical issue, you may call 1-877-898-6072, file a report online, or contact your supervisor/chain of command, through the Office of Legal Counsel, or through member(s) of the Ethics Committee. Click here for details.

Attorneys and Staff

The University of Kentucky’s Office of Legal Counsel is physically located in two offices, one on central campus and one in the medical center. Follow the link for each individual for additional information regarding their areas of expertise and background.


William E. Thro, General Counsel
B.A., Hanover College (Summa Cum Laude)
M.A., University of Melbourne (Honours)
J.D., University of Virginia (Law Review)

  • Board of Trustee Matters
  • Constitutional Issues
  • All Litigation
  • Complex Business Transactions
  • Controversial or Politically Sensitive Issues

Additional information about William E. Thro


T. Lynn Williamson, Deputy General Counsel
B.A., University of Kentucky
J.D., University of Kentucky

  • Ethics Committee Chair
  • University policies and procedures
  • Employment and labor law
  • Student affairs
  • Governing and administrative regulations
  • Contracts and procurement

Additional information about T. Lynn Williamson


Katherine A. Adams, Associate General Counsel
B.S., University of Kentucky (with high distinction)
J.D., University of Kentucky (with distinction)

  • Intellectual property
  • Licensing of technology
  • Copyrights, trademarks, research grants and contracts
  • Research integrity
  • Robinson Forest issues

Additional information about Katherine Adams


Shannan Stamper Carroll, Associate General Counsel
B.A., Transylvania University (Summa Cum Laude)
J.D., Harvard Law School

  • Business Transactions
  • Contracts
  • Employee Benefits

Additional information about Shannan Stamper Carroll

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Marcy Deaton, Associate General Counsel
B.A., Transylvania University
J.D., University of Kentucky

  • Higher education law and regulatory issues
  • University Governing Regulations and Administrative Regulations (chairs the University Regulations Review Committee)
  • Faculty-related rules and regulations
  • Accreditation requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Serves as a University hearing officer for administrative hearings
  • Legal advisor to the Residency Appeals Committee

Additional information about Marcy Deaton


Cliff Iler, Associate General Counsel
B.A., Centre College
J.D., University of Kentucky (With Distinction) (Law Review)

  • Healthcare law
  • Regulatory issues
  • Educational law
  • Behavioral health matters
  • Employment and labor law
  • Policies, contracts, faculty rules and regulations
  • Medical staff issues
  • Student codes of conduct and honor codes
  • Oversees claims made against the university in the Kentucky Board of Claims

Additional information about Cliff Iler


Shea Luna, Associate General Counsel
B.A., Vanderbilt University (Magna Cum Laude)
J.D., University of Tennessee, College of Law (Magna Cum Laude)

  • Healthcare law and compliance
  • Regulatory issues
  • Accreditation and Medicare/Medicaid participation requirements
  • Policies, contracts, and UK HealthCare governance
  • Insurance and billing

Additional information about Shea Luna


Thalethia Routt, Associate General Counsel
B.A., University of Louisville
J.D., University of Kentucky

  • Real estate transactions
  • Development and endowment issues
  • Employment and labor law
  • Contracts
  • Student affairs
  • Bankruptcy

Additional information about Thalethia Routt



Terri Blom Crocker, Medical Center location

  • Board of Claims investigations
  • Medical Center subpoenas
  • Internal investigations
  • E-discovery matters
  • Legal research

Amy Renee Spagnuolo, Campus location

  • Manages the University Open Records Office
  • Manages outside counsel litigation
  • Handles document production and preparation for the Legal Office
  • Conducts legal research
  • Responds to subpoenas served on the University
  • Assists in internal litigation for the University

Margo Weaver, Medical Center location

  • Clinical education and general healthcare related contracts
  • Document production
  • Corporate filings and legal issues
  • Legal research


Joyce Coffman, Medical Center location

  • Assist the three attorneys located in the Medical Center location, including calendar management and scheduling meetings
  • Maintain and manage legal files for office area, as well as, coordinate off-site files for the Medical Center location
  • Process department mail
  • Coordinate obtaining signatures for UK HealthCare policies

Lisa DeFilippo, Campus location

  • Maintains Office of Legal Counsel website
  • Assists the five attorneys and senior paralegal located in the Campus office, including calendar management and scheduling of meetings
  • Maintains and manages legal files for office, as well as coordinates off-site files
  • Processes department mail, answers phones, supports business operations of the department
  • Assists senior paralegal with Open Records requests

Becky Smith, Campus location

  • Processes outside counsel billings
  • Supports business operations for the Legal Office
  • Acts as department Budget Officer
  • Provides support as needed for attorneys and paralegals 
  • Maintains Legal Office files
  • Manages Personal Service Contracts for the Legal Office

Linda Speakman, Medical Center location

  • Primary assistant to the General Counsel William Thro, including calendar management
  • Assists the three attorneys and the two paralegals located in the Medical Center location
  • Clinical Contracting support
  • Board of claims processing support
  • Manages HR functions for the Legal Office

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Campus location

301 Main Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0032
Phone: (859) 257-2936
Fax: (859) 323-1062

Medical Center location

317 Wethington Building
Lexington, Kentucky 40536
Phone: (859) 323-1161
Fax: (859) 257-5123