Four Firm Attorneys Named 2019 Ohio & Kentucky Super Lawyers

by Whitlow, Roberts, Houston & Straub, PLLC
Press Release • Posted December 6, 2018

PADUCAH, KY – Four members of the Whitlow, Roberts, Houston & Straub, PLLC, law team have been recognized for their commitment to excellence on the 2019 Ohio & Kentucky Super Lawyers List.

E. Frederick Straub and Gary Houston were named to 2019 Ohio & Kentucky Super Lawyers, and Jessica Shay Morgan and Ryan Polczynski were named to the Super Lawyers’ list of 2019 Rising Stars. Attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or have been in practice for 10 years or less, are eligible for the Rising Stars list.

E. Frederick Straub was born and raised in Paducah and has been with the Firm for close to 40 years. Mr. Straub has served as lead counsel on over 150 jury trials, has tried more civil cases in Kentucky than any other attorney since 2005 and was recognized as 2016’s “Lawyer of the Year” in Medical Malpractice Defense for the Bowling Green Metropolitan Area.

This is Mr. Straub’s thirteenth time being named a Super Lawyer.

Gary Houston was born and raised in Murray, KY. After graduating from Murray State University and then Vanderbilt Law School, he came to work at the Firm and has been on board ever since. Throughout his long and decorated career, Mr. Houston’s achievements include being voted one of the Best Lawyers in America and receiving the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

This is also Mr. Houston’s thirteenth time being named a Super Lawyer.

Jessica Shay Morgan is a Paducah native, a graduate of Murray State University, an alumna from the Southern Illinois University School of Law and a former member of the Paducah Environmental Remediation Project. While at the SIU School of Law, she earned her doctorate degree in 2015 with magna cum laude honors, a Top 10 Award, the Academic Excellence Award, the Cali Excellence for the Future Award and she earned a spot on the Dean’s List for five semesters.

This is Jessica’s second time being recognized as a Rising Star.

Ryan Polczynski was born in Nashville, IL, graduated from Murray State University and has been working at the Firm since 2016. Outside of normal work hours, he has enjoyed community leadership positions with the Paducah Art House Alliance, Leadership Paducah, Kiwanis and Paducah Young Professionals.

This is Mr. Polczynski’s first time being named a Rising Star.

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