Aaron-Bentley

Aaron Bentley

abentley@craighenrylaw.com

Aaron Bentley focuses his practice on protecting individuals whose civil rights have been violated in prisons and jails, during interactions with police officers and prosecutors, and in public schools. He litigates claims in state and federal court for violations of the First Amendment, Eighth Amendment, and Fourteenth Amendment under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. He also litigates claims involving the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and other state and federal laws.

Aaron is a graduate of Robert H. McKinney Indiana University School of Law.  He has practiced in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and neglect, and consumer protection. He has represented clients in administrative hearings, arbitrations, and jury trials, including one trial that resulted in a verdict of over one million dollars. Aaron was lead counsel in Jones v. Perry, in which a federal court held unconstitutional a county clerk’s policy of denying marriage licenses to couples that included an incarcerated person who could not appear in the clerk’s office to apply for the license.

Outside of his law practice, Aaron serves on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, volunteers with the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project, co-hosts a podcast, plays guitar in an acoustic rock band, and spends time with his wife and dog.

Areas of Practice

  • Prison Assault and Jail Assault
  • Prison Medical Neglect and Jail Medical Neglect
  • Prison Religious Freedom
  • Police Shootings and Police Excessive Force
  • Wrongful Arrest and Wrongful Conviction
  • School Assault and School Sexual Assault
  • School Freedom of Expression
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice

Bar Admissions

State Courts

  • Kentucky

 Federal Courts

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Justice Association

Education

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, Robert H. McKinney Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana (2011)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky (2007)