Criminal Defense Attorney Dan Carman

img3Focusing on criminal matters, Mr. Carman is admitted to practice law in all Courts of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. He is a member of the American, Kentucky, and Fayette County Bar Associations.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Carman served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jennifer B. Coffman, United States District Courts for the Eastern (Chief Judge) and Western Districts of Kentucky. Prior to the clerkship, he served as a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps. As a Captain, he served as a Kentucky criminal defense attorney, where he defended those charged with rape, possession and distribution of drugs, possession of child pornography, larceny, hazing, obstruction of justice, and many other crimes. Mr. Carman also worked as a prosecutor, as well as a legal assistance attorney, during which time he assisted hundreds of clients with their problems in areas of domestic relations, consumer fraud, collections, landlord-tenant matters, and estate planning.

During his tenure in the Marine Corps, Mr. Carman served as in-house counsel for an infantry battalion — 1st Battalion, 2d Marines — with whom he deployed to the Anbar and Ninevah Provinces, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Mr. Carman graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2005, where he was a member of the Kentucky Law Journal, achieved the distinction of “Best Brief” in his writing club, served as President of the College of Law’s Chapter of Federalist Society, and worked at a Lexington law firm. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Davidson College in 2001 with a Major in Political Science, and served as Vice-President of the Kappa Alpha Order and Captain of the College’s Division I wrestling team. Over time, Mr. Carman has held jobs as diverse as sea kayak guide, ranch hand, and English teacher in Budapest, Hungary.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Mr. Carman graduated from Henry Clay High School. He is a Deacon in Calvary Baptist Church and a member of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky. He enjoys spending time with his wife and sons, fishing, making music, and following University of Kentucky athletics.


  • B.A., Davidson College, 2001
  • J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, 2005
  • Admitted in Kentucky, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Judge Advocate)
  • Law Clerk to Chief U.S. District Judge
  • Member of American, Kentucky and Fayette Co. Bar Associations
  • National and Kentucky Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Barrister, Central Kentucky American Inn of Court
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100*

* The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications as a civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyer. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile. Lexington, Kentucky, attorney Dan Carman was invited to be a member of this prestigious group in 2013.


Three Best Rated

Super Lawyer - Rising Stars

Best Business of 2021 - Three Best Rated

Best Business of 2019 - Three Best Rated