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John R. Tarter Associate Counsel

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For the last 15 years, Mr. Tarter served as senior litigation and risk management counsel at a national creditors’ rights law firms. He is a former Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Deputy General Counsel for the Kentucky Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety. Mr. Tarter’s practice has been focused upon defending creditors, banks, and automobile lenders in FDCPA, FCRA, TCPA, and Consumer Protection Act cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts. In the preceding 12 years, Mr. Tarter was a partner in a West Kentucky law firm that focused upon insurance defense, commercial defense litigation, and agricultural law. Representative clients include the Ohio Casualty Insurance Group, Liberty Mutual, Monroe Guarantee Trust, Zurich American, and Tynet Claims (Tyson Foods internal liability and workers compensation self-insurance unit). Over 25 years ago, Mr. Tarter began his practice as an associate attorney at Landrum & Shouse, a major Kentucky insurance defense firm which handles automobile defense, common carrier defense, homeowners claims, coverage disputes, and workers compensation defense in central and eastern Kentucky.

Practice Areas

Creditor’s Defenses
Commercial and Business Litigation
Commercial and Consumer Automobile Lender Liability Defense
Complex Civil Litigation and Class Action Defense
State and Federal Civil Appeals


Kentucky Bar Association
Ohio Bar Association
West Virginia Bar Association
Jefferson County Kentucky Bar Association
National Creditors Bar Association (NCBA)
National Defense Steering Committee; NCBA


United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
United States District Courts, Eastern & Western Districts of Kentucky
United States District Courts, Southern & Northern Districts of Indiana
United States District Courts, Southern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee


Mr. Tarter resides in central Kentucky with his wife, Boston Terrier, and Aussie Shepherd. He is active in the Boy Scouts of America, Blue Grass Region and regularly serves on Eagle Scout boards of review. He also he enjoys attending his daughter’s IHSA and KHJA hunter-jumper horse shows.

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