Rhonda Jennings Blackburn

Gary C. Johnson, PSC
110 Caroline Avenue
P.O. Box 231
Pikeville, KY 41501-0231

All trial lawyers have the will to win;
Few have the will to prepare to win.

In my personal philosophy regarding the practice of law, I have found no better statement to exemplify what I believe is the key to winning a case.  You will never find a lawyer who will tell you that he wants to lose.  A lawyer always wants to win but wanting to win and working to win are two totally different matters.  The key is to find a lawyer that will work to win your case.  Every case is different.  Every client is different with different needs and desires.  It takes work to serve your client and a client deserves nothing less than your very best effort.


Rhonda Jennings Blackburn has been associated with the law firm of Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C. since 1996, when she returned to her hometown of Pikeville after graduation from law school. She is licensed to practice law in both Kentucky and West Virginia.

During her career, Ms. Blackburn has been involved in all aspects of litigation, including extensive trial preparation, motion practice, discovery issues, and appeals on both the state and federal level. She has been involved in several successful trials and settlements during her career with Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C.

Ms. Blackburn concentrates her practice in the areas of personal injury litigation with an emphasis on motor vehicle litigation including tractor-trailer and commercial vehicles litigation, insurance litigation, and business litigation issues. She also handles all probate, estate and guardianship matters for the firm. She has been involved in litigation in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Ms. Blackburn is a life-long resident of Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in the top 15% of her class. She was an associate editor on the Kentucky Law Journal.  Upon graduation, Ms. Blackburn returned to Eastern Kentucky in the hopes that she could make a difference helping the people in her hometown.

Ms. Blackburn is the daughter of Ronald and Sue Jennings who were teachers in the Pike County School System. She is married to Erich Blackburn, an attorney practicing in the healthcare field and another lifelong resident of Eastern Kentucky. They have two children who currently attend Pikeville Independent Schools.

Areas of Practice:
Motor Vehicle Accidents Personal Injury Railroad Litigation Product Defect Litigation Administrative Law Motorcycle Accidents Crossing Accidents Workplace Accidents Mine Site Accidents Construction Accidents Explosions and Electrocution Slip and Fall Claims Gall Bladder Surgery and Common Bile Duct Injury Birth Injuries Claims Involving Prescription Drugs or Medical Devices Head injury, Concussion, and Brain Damage Neck and Back Injury Leg and Knee Injury Burn Injuries Toyota Recall Accidents with Injuries Cases Bar Admissions: Kentucky, 1996 West Virginia, 2005 U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky Education: University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, 1996
Juris Doctorate
Honors: Cum Laude
Law Journal: Kentucky Law Journal, Associate Editor

Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky, 1992
Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Major:  Spanish/English Secondary Education

Published Works: "Comparable Worth and Fair Pay Act of 1994", Kentucky Law Journal, 84 Ky.L.J., Vol. 4, 1994

Professional Associations and Memberships: Kentucky Bar Association

Kentucky Justice Association

American Association for Justice

Pike County Bar Association