Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Appoints David E. Fleenor as General Counsel

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 23, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Garland H.“Andy” Barr appointed as deputy general counsel

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced the appointment of David E. Fleenor, of Lexington, as his General Counsel. Fleenor has served as deputy general counsel to the Governor since June 2006. His new appointment is effective March 1.

“David Fleenor is an outstanding lawyer and has the respect of his colleagues both inside and outside of government,” said Governor Fletcher. “His military experience, legal work and community involvement serve as a model for all. He will do a great job in this new role.”

Prior to becoming Deputy General Counsel in the Office of the Governor, Fleenor served for two and one half years as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. In that role he managed a legal team of more than forty lawyers for a cabinet with more than 9,000 employees. 

Fleenor graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 and served on the USS Blakely, a ship assigned to the Atlantic Fleet. He qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer in 1982. Fleenor received his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1987, graduating with highest honors. He was articles editor of the Tennessee Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif, an honorary legal society.  He joined the Kentucky bar in 1987.

After graduating from law school, Fleenor, 50, served as law clerk for the Honorable Judge H. Emory Widener, Jr., in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He then went on to practice law in Lexington, primarily with the firm of Stoll, Keenon & Park (now Stoll Keenon Ogden). His practice focused on business transactions and business litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property law and unfair trade practices. He also practiced for two years with the intellectual property law firm, King and Schickli.

Fleenor lives in Lexington with his wife, Beth, and their two daughters, Maureen, age 17, and Laura, age 13.  Their son Andrew is a student at the University of Louisville.

“Dave Fleenor provided outstanding legal and policy leadership during his tenure as General Counsel at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services,” said Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell. “His years of experience will continue to serve the Fletcher Administration well.”

“The Governor has made an outstanding choice in his new General Counsel. Dave served the Cabinet with distinction and will continue to do so in his role as head of legal services for the Office of the Governor,” said Dr. James M. Holsinger Jr., former Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and currently the Charles T. Wethington Jr. Chair in the Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky.

Joining Fleenor in will be Garland H. “Andy” Barr, who will serve as deputy general counsel.
Barr previously served as special assistant to the Governor and general counsel to the Governor’s Office for Local Development.  In his most recent position, Barr led the Governor’s Office for Local Development in connection with the financial oversight and regulation of local governments and the administration and monitoring of multiple federal and state grant and loan programs.

Before his service in the Fletcher Administration, Barr was an associate in the Lexington office of Stites & Harbison, PLLC, where he represented businesses, organizations and individuals in personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability litigation. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s or arts degree in government and philosophy. In 2001, Barr graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law.