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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, Senior 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

Marcy Deaton, Senior 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

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

  • Business Transactions
  • Contracts
  • Employee Benefits

Additional information about Shannan B. Stamper



Terri Blom Crocker, Medical Center location

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

Amy Renee Spagnuolo, Director of Open Records/Senior Paralegal

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



Kay Bryant, Campus Location

  • Assists the General Counsel with calendar management and scheduling, as needed
  • Assists the four attorneys with calendar management and scheduling
  • Maintains Office of Legal Counsel files
  • Processes department mail
  • Coordinates contracts between Office of Legal Counsel and UK Departments

Kris Gilbert, Campus location

  • Business Officer for Office of Legal Counsel
  • Handles all invoices paid for legal services
  • Manages Purchase Orders and Personal Service Contracts

Erica D. Martin, Campus location

  • Assists the Open Records Office, including receipt and division of in excess of 1,200 requests annually. Assists with locating documents and records. Assists with reproduction of hard copy and electronic copies of records, redacting of information in/on records. Drafts responses to assigned requests. Prepares final communication to requesting party and sends communications and responsive records.
  • Maintains the Office of Legal Counsel web site and Regulations Library web site as needed.
  • Assists with committees.

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 Office of Legal Counsel

Nancy L. True, Medical Center location

  • Assists the three attorneys located in the Medical Center location, including calendar management and scheduling meetings
  • Maintains and manages legal files for office area, as well as, coordinate off-site files for the Medical Center location
  • Processes department mail
  • Coordinates obtaining signatures for UK HealthCare policies