J. Hadden Dean
Education: University of Kentucky 1991 [B.S. 1991 summa cum laude]; University of Louisville (J.D. 1991). Associate and Partner at Dean, Dean & Dean, Harrodsburg, Kentucky (1994-1997); Associate (1997-1999), Partner/Owner (1999-present) Sheehan, Barnett, Dean, Pennington, Little & Dexter PSC.
Practice Areas: Personal Injury litigation, Criminal Defense, Legal Malpractice, real estate litigation, general counsel for Inter-County Energy, general litigation.
Hadden began practice with his family as a third generation lawyer practicing with his grandfather W. Earl Dean, Sr. in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Within a year Hadden was defending felony criminal matters including homicide cases. He was also able to practice personal injury law under the guidance of “Earl Sr.” and continued to expand that practice and assist in other under the guidance of his grandfather.
In May of 1997 Hadden accepted an offer as the Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 50th Judicial Circuit [Mercer and Boyle Counties]. Hon. James William “Bill” Barnett also offered him a position in the firm of Sheehan, Barnett & Hays, PSC in May of 1997. Hadden participated in the resolution of hundreds of criminal cases until 2000. During Hadden’s service as the Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney the office prosecuted three (3) death penalty cases. Hadden also served as a special prosecutor in Pulaski Circuit Court.
Since 1997, Hadden also worked with Hon. James “Jimmy” Sheehan in the area of personal injury. That area included representation of injured parties and defending others. Hadden continues to carry on the tradition of representation of several insurers including Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company [a client of the firm for over 60 years], Shelter Mutual Insurance Company, Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, as well as many local school districts and other corporate and governmental/nonprofit organizations.
Hadden is, and has been, very involved in his community. Those activities include the following: YMCA board member, Ragged Edge Board member [former President], Harrodsburg Baptist Church [deacon and Sunday School teach/ Wednesday night youth activity leader], Volunteer at local high and middle school business/law classes, Board Member of Mercer Youth Soccer Association, Soccer coach, Basketball coach. His leisure interests include hunting, fishing, golf, running and spending time with his wife and three children.
Stephen was born and raised in Danville, Kentucky.
Rami Little is a partner and shareholder with the firm of Sheehan Barnett Dean Pennington, Little and Dexter PSC.
H. Vincent Pennington, III
Vince Pennington’s undergraduate work was completed at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, graduating in 1992.
Melanie Clark Thornberry is a Danville native, graduating from Danville High School and then Centre College in 2002 with a BA in Eng