Circuit judge Tim Philpot talks about the lessons he’s learned in family court and shares how adoptions are his favorite part of the job.
Tim Philpot is a lifelong resident of Lexington, Kentucky. In 1971, Tim married Susan Davis, who grew up in Congo, Africa as the daughter of missionaries. Tim and Susan have no children and have been married for over 40 years.
Tim is a Judge of the Fayette Circuit Family Court, involved daily with families in crisis since January 2004. Tim graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1974. He attended law school at the University of Kentucky and received a J.D. Degree in 1977.
He was a trial lawyer for more than 26 years, concentrating on employment law, family law and civil rights cases. In 1990, Tim was elected to the Kentucky State Senate where he served two terms until 1998. He was named “one of the ten best” Legislators by the Lexington newspaper in 1992, even though they repeatedly disagreed with him, saying there should be room on the list for “a man with a conscience.” His strong stand on ethics led the paper to call him “a lone voice crying in the wilderness.”
In 1996, Tim was selected as President of CBMC International, an international ministry presenting Christ to business and professional people. He has been an active member of CBMC since 1978. He has spoken in 66 nations, primarily to CBMC groups, Parliament groups, legal groups and business groups. Tim retired from CBMC International on September 30, 2003 to return to his legal career fulltime.
Tim attended the University of Kentucky on a golf scholarship and was a serious amateur golfer for many years. He won several local and state tournaments and participated in the 1983 British Amateur. He is currently a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Kentucky men’s golf team.
Tim also has written two books. “Ford’s Wonderful World of Golf” is a memoir to his father, evangelist Ford Philpot, published in 2013. In March 2016, Tim published his second book, “Judge Z: Irretrievably Broken”, a novel about family court and the death of marriage in America.
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