Mr. Pettijohn joined Walters Meadows Richardson, PLLC as a civil litigation attorney in 2016.
Mr. Pettijohn completed his undergraduate studies early and with cum laude honors at Western Kentucky University in 2012. He received his law degree from Washington University in Saint Louis, where he interned at the Office of Public Defender and served as editor for the esteemed Washington University Global Studies Law Review.
Associate, Walters Meadows Richardson, PLLC, Louisville, Kentucky 2016-present
Rule 13 Certified Extern, Office of Public Defender, St. Louis County, Missouri, 2015
Legal Intern, Chas. Hawkins Co., Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, 2015
Law Clerk, Wiedner & McAuliffe, Ltd., St. Louis, Missouri, 2014-2015
Washington University in Saint Louis, Juris Doctor, 2016
Western Kentucky University, B.I.S. in Social Justice and Equity, cum laude, 2012
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Kentucky Bar Association
January 2018, Meade County, KY: Cassidy Daugherty v. Scared and Cornfused, Inc., a/k/a Field of Screams. Mrs. Richardson and Mr. Pettijohn obtained a verdict in favor of an outdoor haunted attraction. Plaintiff fell at the premises and sustained two ankle fractures. Her recovery was complicated by blood clots and several surgeries. However, the Defense was able to successfully establish that Field of Screams did not breach its duty to provide a reasonably safe premises as it performed routine inspections, provided adequate lighting, and multiple warnings of potential hazards were posted, among other considerations. After this three day trial, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict within 20 minutes of deliberation. See KTCR Report.
August 2017, Jefferson,KY: Geisler v. Kentucky Community and Technical College System, No. 2016-CA-001094-MR: Plaintiff was seriously injured while descending steps of a building owned by Defendant. Defendant, a state community college, first obtained dismissal in Jefferson Circuit Court on the basis of immunity. The Court of Appeals then affirmed this dismissal and agreed with the Defendant’s arguments, ultimately holding that the Defendant, as a public education entity, met the two-prong test for governmental immunity by performing a governmental function as opposed to a proprietary one. The Appellate Court also held the trial court’s citation to unpublished authority did not run afoul of the law because its opinion was first grounded in published authority, and then bolstered by citations to express holdings in an unpublished opinion.