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From boardrooms to courtrooms, Sheffer & Monhollen provide strategic legal counsel to clients in the Louisville area and all across Kentucky.  Building client relationships for the long haul is very important to us.  We believe we bring the best representation to our clients while making the legal process easier,… all the while maintaining respect and integrity. 

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Ron was born and grew up in Henderson, Kentucky, graduating from Henderson High School. Attending Western Kentucky University on a football scholarship, he played quarterback in football, third base and outfielder in baseball. Ronnie was elected president of the WKU Student Body, president of his senior class, and president of the history and “W” Clubs. He also was a Distinguished Military Graduate. Ronnie returned to his alma mater to serve on the Board of Regents for fourteen years, and twice on the committee recommending the new president.

Following his college graduation, Ronnie married Anne Shaver, his high school and college girlfriend. Ronnie’s first tour of duty with the United States Army was at Fort Benning, Georgia. That was followed by an assignment at Fort Hood, Texas.  His last tour of duty was as advisor to a Vietnamese Infantry Battalion. For his service in Vietnam Ronnie was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and two Bronze Stars. Although he had no army reserve obligation, he was assigned by the Pentagon to spend two weeks in summer camp with the Ohio National Guard, describing his Vietnam experiences to the troops. 

After completing four years of military service, Ronnie taught high school government at Henderson High School, also serving as assistant coach in football, basketball, and baseball. With the support of Anne and the G.I. bill, Ronnie attended law school at the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board. Having two young sons, Ronnie worked as a law clerk for a Lexington attorney and officiated high school football and basketball. Anne taught French and English in junior and senior high, while earning a Master’s Degree at U.K. 

During his first years of practice, Ronnie was a criminal prosecutor. In 1982 he was one of the leaders forming a law firm with offices across the state and in southern Indiana. Currently, he is a partner with Phil Monhollen in the firm Sheffer & Monhollen with offices in Louisville, Kentucky.

A trial lawyer, Ronnie’s primary practice is in the defense of physician, hospital and nursing home cases. However, he has also represented General Motors in major employment cases; Nashville-Davidson County in a multi-million dollar environmental case; leading thoroughbred horse jockeys in a federal court action for their First Amendment right to wear logos on their breeches; coal companies in multi-million dollar cases; lawyers, bankers, and businessmen in white collar criminal defense cases; defendants in major criminal cases. 

An avid sports fan, Ronnie has followed the Boston Red Sox since he was eight years old. For twenty years (except 2020) he attended at least one game each year at Fenway Park and one game of every World Series the Red Sox have been in since 2004. He enjoys fly fishing in Idaho and thoroughbred horse racing. Until December of 2020, Anne and Ronnie bred and raced thoroughbred race horses. 

Ronnie lives in Louisville with his wife Anne, who earned five college degrees, including a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt University. Though she worked in an equal number of careers, their family came first. She and Ronnie have three grown children and seven grandchildren.   EMAIL RON


Phil was born and reared in Harlan County, Kentucky, the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, where his third-generation coal mining family taught and modeled the values of hard work. Working his way through Alice Lloyd College at Pippa Passes, Kentucky, Phil paid his way through college. Alice Lloyd is one of only a handful of U.S. educational institutions mandating all students work to pay for their educations. Flourishing at Alice Lloyd College, Phil was active in student government, President of the Law Society, and elected to several positions of leadership in work and academics. 

Phil developed a deep love and appreciation for his Appalachian roots and culture. He was encouraged by his parents and the administration at Alice Lloyd College to attend law school. In 1999 Phil graduated from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.  He has lived and practiced law in Louisville for the last twenty-two years, though the people and the mountains of Eastern Kentucky remain an important part of his life.


Music has long been an expression of Phil’s spiritual life. He started singing in his local church at age 15 and was soon performing at regional events and other churches, continuing while touring the United States as a member of the Alice Lloyd College Voices of Appalachia Choir. He was later inducted into the Kentucky All-Collegiate State Choir, a high and distinctive honor. 

Since joining Southeast Christian Church in 1997, Phil has shared his love of music through active participation on the worship team. An avid reader, Phil prefers history from the medieval era, though he is also partial to early twentieth century and Eastern Kentucky mining history, focusing on its effect upon Appalachian culture, family life and environment.


Phil has been married to his high school sweetheart J.J. Young Monhollen for twenty-seven years. They have three children: eighteen year-old daughter Leslie, sons Harlan who is fourteen and Henry who is eight.


For twenty-two years Phil has brought to the practice of law the values of hard work and steadfastness of character he learned in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Throughout his years as an attorney, he has been active in simple probate matters and major plaintiff cases, while concentrating on nursing home and medical malpractice defense litigation. He is no stranger to the courthouse.   EMAIL PHIL


Laura, a Louisville native, has worked as a paralegal since 1994, bringing over twenty years as a professional litigation paralegal with senior status. Laura has worked successfully with both plaintiff and defense attorneys, expanding her experience in complex litigation with hospitals, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. She also aids in file review, theory of liability, and case preparation from claim assignment to trial. 

A guest speaker in Continuing Nursing Education hosted by various hospitals throughout the state, Laura has spoken several times about the nurse’s role in medical malpractice. She completed three years of study at Murray State University before earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies at Sullivan University.  

Laura has been married to Darren Morgan, Corporate Engineering Manager at Zeon Chemicals for 25 years. They have two grown children, Nathaniel and Elizabeth.  Nathaniel recently graduated from University of Kentucky as a chemical engineer and currently works in Verona, Wisconsin. Elizabeth attends Ohio State University as an Eminence Scholar studying Microbiology. 

When not working or traveling to spend time with their children, Laura and Darren are at Lake Cumberland enjoying time on their boat, along with their dog Miller.   EMAIL LAURA

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