Judge Acree was first elected judge for the Kentucky Court of Appeals in November 2006 to serve Division 2 of the 5th Appellate District. He was appointed to that position in August 2006 to fill a vacancy created when by the retirement of Judge Julia K. Tackett. He was re-elected for another eight-year term in 2014. He served as chief judge of the Court of Appeals from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016.
Before his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Judge Acree handled litigation and appeals in the areas of criminal law, administrative law, employment discrimination, contract dispute, civil procedure, insurance law, domestic relations, environmental law and construction law.
After taking the bench, Judge Acree founded the KBA Appellate Advocacy Section. Judge Acree is one of only 214 state and federal judges nationwide designated as a Fellow of the Advanced Science & Technology Adjudication Resource Center.
Judge Acree has a bachelor’s degree and juris doctor from the University of Kentucky. He also earned a master’s degree from the University of Maryland in American History.
He is married to the former Lisa T. Hahn of Versailles. He has two sons, Matt and Taylor.