Chief Judge Jeff S. Taylor

Contact Information

2nd Appellate District, Division 1

Kentucky Court of Appeals
401 Frederica Street, Suite A-102
Owensboro, KY 42303


Phone: 270-687-7116


 Judge Jeff S. Taylor

Judge Taylor has served as a Court of Appeals judge since he was first elected in November 2003. He was the court's chief judge for two years, from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2012.

He was elected to serve as as the Court of Appeals judge from the 2nd Appellate District, which is composed of Barren, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Daviess, Grayson, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Henderson, LaRue, Meade, Ohio, Union and Warren counties. He has been re-elected twice, in November 2006 and November 2014, to full eight-year terms.

Judge Taylor previously practiced law in Owensboro for more than 20 years and was a sole practitioner from 1990 until his election to the Court of Appeals.

Judge Taylor has a Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Memphis State University. He earned his law degree from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, graduating with honors in 1982. He is a 1971 graduate of Elizabethtown High School.

He is a member of the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission as one of six judges chosen statewide to serve on the commission. He previously served on the Judicial Ethics Committee from 2012-2016. He is also a member of the Judicial Workload Assessment Committee and is a former member of the Judicial Branch Compensation Commission. 

Judge Taylor served on the Murray State University Board of Regents from September 2006 to September 2009. He served on the Kentucky Bar Foundation Board of Directors for six years and on the Daviess County Public Schools Foundation Board for 10 years. 

He is a past president of the Kentucky chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is also past president of the Daviess County Bar Association, Daviess County Public Defender Corp. and the Daviess County Lawyer Referral Service. He is a member of the Kentucky and Daviess County bar associations.In 2016, he was awarded the Joseph Hamilton Daviess Award by the Daviess County Bar Association for outstanding public service to the legal profession and his community.

Judge Taylor is a Life Fellow in the Kentucky Bar Foundation and a member of the Brandeis Honor Society at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

He is a member of the Owensboro-Daviess County Chamber of Commerce, is a past president of the Owensboro Kiwanis Club and has served on the Girls Inc. Advisory Board of Trustees for 25 years. He is a former board member of the Owensboro-Daviess County Committee on Aging. He has been a frequent United Way volunteer and has been a volunteer for the Salvation Army and Boy Scouts Law Explorers.

Judge Taylor was born in Fort Knox in Hardin County and raised in Daviess County. He is married to the former Betty Keller of Christian County. She has one son and the couple has two grandchildren. Judge Taylor and his wife are members of Lewis Lane Baptist Church in Owensboro, where he serves as church moderator.