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THOMAS E. BANKS II is a partner with Pregliasco Straw-Boone Doheny Banks & Bowman PLLC, in Louisville, Kentucky. He solely practices family law litigation. Mr. Banks is a member of the Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana State and American bar associations; and he is the current chair of the Family Law Section of the Louisville Bar. Mr. Banks is designated nationally as a Super Lawyer and locally by Louisville Magazine as a Top Lawyer in the field of domestic relations. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Louisville in accounting, his pre-law certificate from Cornell University, and his J.D. degree from the University of Louisville School of Law. Mr. Banks is a regular speaker for National Business Institute and throughout both Kentucky and Indiana on all issues pertaining to domestic relations, trial practice and civil procedure.
LAUREN R. BROOKE is a sole practitioner in Lexington, where she practices in the areas of family law, contracts, criminal defense, business law, lease agreements, landlord/tenant law and wills. She is admitted to practice in Kentucky, and is a member of the Kentucky and Fayette County bar associations. Ms. Brooke earned her B.S. degree from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her J.D. degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. She is involved in many charitable organizations, including Wills for Heroes Clinic-Lexington; Featured Speakers Panel: Arcadian Cove Nursing Home, “Why a Will”?, June 2013; and National Business Institute, “Ethics, QDROS and Tax Issues in Divorce”, June, 2013, March 2014, 2015 and 2017; Pro Bono and Mentoring Program, Fayette County Bar Association; Philanthropy Committee, Ladies Leads Group; Board of Directors and Governance Committee Member, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center; and the Dress for Success Executive Committee.
MELISSA D. DeARK is an associate director with Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC (litigation support and business valuation group). Prior to joining the firm, she was a controller and chief financial officer for more than 16 years with full responsibility for all financial, administrative and human resource functions for multi-million dollar organizations. Ms. DeArk specializes in helping attorneys and their clients understand the financial and tax issues specific to the divorce process through a variety of services, including disposable income and cash flow analysis, forensic accounting services, preparation of marital estate balance sheet, marital and non-marital tracing, alimony calculations, business valuation, and expert witness testimony. She performs business valuation in a variety of contexts, including estate, gift, and income tax planning and reporting; marital dissolutions; shareholder transactions; and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. DeArk has valued a variety of retail establishments, service businesses, and holding companies owning real estate, marketable securities, closely-held stock, and other assets in the following industries: manufacturing, healthcare, and wholesale distribution. She is a certified public accountant and financial forensics for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a certified forensic financial analyst for the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Ms. DeArk earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Bellarmine University and her M.A. degree from Indiana University.
SHEILA M. DONOVAN is an attorney with Clark Law Office, Inc., in Lexington, Kentucky, where her areas of practice include all aspects of family law (including adoption, custody, child support, divorce, termination of parental rights, paternity and post-divorce issues) as well as estate administration, probate/probate litigation. She is a certified mediator and mediates all of those types of cases. She has lectured previously both locally and nationally for National Business Institute on topics of divorce and trial preparation of divorce cases. She has also completed collaborative law training. Ms. Donovan is a member of the Fayette County and Kentucky bar associations. She is the past chair of the KBA Family Law Section. Ms. Donovan earned her A.B. degree from Smith College, her J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky, and attended the Family Law Advocacy Institute.
ASHLEY LARMOUR is an attorney with Larmour Law Office PSC, located in Georgetown, Kentucky. She focuses her practice in the areas of divorce and family law, guardianships and conservatorships, juvenile law, probate, criminal defense, wills, personal injury, as well as civil litigation and Casey’s law. She is admitted to the Kentucky State Bar, Eastern Division of the U.S. District Court, and the Eastern Division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Ms. Larmour is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association; as well as the Fayette County, Franklin County, and Woodford County bar associations. She is a Kentucky guardian ad litem, Kentucky advanced guardian ad litem, and a state certified family mediator. Ms. Larmour received her B.A. degree from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. She then earned her J.D. degree from Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio.
JENNIFER McVAY MARTIN is a partner with McVay Martin Shepard, PSC, where she practices in the areas of family law, real estate, estate planning/probate and general civil litigation. Ms. McVay Martin is a member of the Kentucky Justice Association (KATA), the Domestic Relations Law Practice Section (past-chair), the Kentucky and Fayette County bar associations (past chair, Domestic Relations Section), the Central Kentucky Lawyer Referral Program, and the Lexington Board of Realtors (realtor member and licensed real estate broker). She earned her Bachelor of Business Management degree from the University of Kentucky and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Ms. McVay Martin is licensed in Kentucky, Arkansas and Florida.