Many lawyers work as judicial clerks after law school graduation. But few work as a judicial clerk in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “While I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the sun,” said Aaron, “I knew that I wanted to return to my hometown of Louisville, KY and practice the kind of law that helps everyday people. I have travelled to other places, but I have never found a group of people who exhibit as much kindness heart as the people right here in Louisville, KY.”
A proud Kentuckian, Aaron grew up in Louisville, spending his summers at his grandparent’s in Eastern Kentucky. After graduating from Ballard High School, Aaron “Piano Man” Kemper attended the University of Kentucky, where he majored in Economics and minored in Piano Performance. In 2006, Aaron graduated at the top of his class and went on to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Law. While in law school, Aaron worked with the firm Robbins, Kelly Patterson, & Tucker, specializing in civil defense work. He also interned with the Honorable Steve Martin at the Ohio Court of Common Pleas. But despite working and attending school in Ohio, Aaron always remained a Kentuckian, living in Northern Kentucky. He now boasts that he has lived in all the major population centers of Kentucky – Louisville, Lexington, and Northern Kentucky.
After earning his law degree, Aaron clerked for the Honorable Miguel Camacho of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. He credits his time at this small but bustling court with giving him the opportunity to hone both his legal skills and his people skills – two essential necessities for any great attorney.
In 2013, Aaron accepted a position with the law firms of Coleman, Roles & Associates in Louisville, KY. Since arriving at Coleman, Aaron was named to the National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 in 2015 and Top 10 Under 40 in 2016. Aaron is asked on a weekly basis whether he wishes he were still in the warm sun of the islands. Aaron always answers that he loves Louisville and also that like every good tale of long travels and adventure, the answer involves romance. Aaron’s wife and fellow lawyer, Chan Jones, a native Virgin Islander, works in Frankfort, KY for the Legislative Research Commission. “By introducing Chan to Kentucky,” says Aaron, “I was able to take the best of the Virgin Islands with me. She is all the sunshine I need.”
These two lovebirds also write a blog together and can usually be seen walking through the Highlands Neighborhood. Aaron can also be seen playing jazz piano, a passion that he believes helps him perform as a litigator since the best litigators are often performers.