Our Team

 

 
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Scott Wilder

Scott Wilder is a native of Harrogate, TN and Pineville, KY and childhood friends of partner, John Gambrel.  After attending Bell County High School, both Scott and John attended Western Kentucky University. Scott received his bachelor of arts degree in Psychology and moved to Lexington in 1996 to attend University of Kentucky College of Law, where he graduated in 1999.  He and John opened Gambrel & Wilder Law Offices, PLLC in the fall of 2000 in Richmond, Kentucky. Since that time, Scott married Melissa Wilder of Georgetown, KY in 2007. He still resides in Lexington, KY and travels to his three (3) offices. Scott and Melissa welcomed their son, Cannon, in March, 2018.  

Scott focuses his energies mainly upon the firm’s personal injury practice, including car and truck wrecks, malpractice, general personal injury, workers’ compensation and Social Security cases.  He, along with his staff, manage the majority of the firm’s personal injury and workers’ compensation litigation. He has successfully litigated cases at the Kentucky Court of Appeals and Supreme Court levels and has tried cases in both Kentucky state and federal courts.  Despite having tried criminal cases, Scott focuses his practice on helping injured clients recover from at-fault parties who have negligently caused pain, suffering and/or financial loss. Scott enjoys face to face interaction with clients and potential clients and regularly makes a practice of traveling to his clients’ homes to meet with them personally.


 

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John Gambrel

John is a native of Bell County, Kentucky. John graduated summa cum laude from Western Kentucky University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science and received a Master of Arts in education from Western Kentucky University in 1995.  

In 2000, he graduated cum laude from the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law where he received the Securities Regulation award, participated in moot court, tutored first year students in legal writing, and served as Regional Editor for the Journal of Law and Education.  John is admitted to practice in all state courts in Tennessee and Kentucky and United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, and is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Kentucky Justice Association and the Laurel County, the Madison County and Bell County Bar Associations in Kentucky.  In addition, John currently serves as the City Attorney for Pineville, Kentucky.

Prior to co-founding Gambrel & Wilder Law Offices, PLLC in 2000, John taught agriculture-science and advanced placement science at South Laurel High School in London, Kentucky.  John also conducted workshops on reform in secondary education in several school districts. John’s background as a teacher has provided him with the ability to communicate well with clients, explaining complex legal issues, and to train staff to understand and quickly and competently handle all aspects of the law.

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Melissa Dixon

Melissa is a native of Flatwoods, Kentucky, and graduated from Russell High School in 1990. She received her undergraduate degree in Paralegal Studies from Morehead State University in 1994. After working as a paralegal for the Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, she decided to attend law school at the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law, and graduated with her J.D. in 2003. Melissa was admitted to practice before all courts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in October 2003 and before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in June 2004.

Melissa represents clients in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy, real estate and property dispute matters, employment discrimination, contract and business matters, and general civil litigation.

In her personal life, Melissa is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and is an active volunteer with the organization Awesome Breastforms. She is also an active member of the London Community Orchestra.

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Stephanie Trantham

Stephanie spent the majority of her childhood in Henderson, Kentucky, and graduated from Henderson County High School in 2006. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science, with minors in History and Russian Studies, from University of Kentucky in 2010. Stephanie attended law school at the University of Kentucky College of Law, and graduated with her Juris Doctor in 2014. Stephanie was admitted to practice before all courts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in October 2014, and before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in March 2017.

 

Stephanie represents clients in family law, probate and estate matters, personal injury, social security disability, workers' compensation rights, real estate and property dispute matters, and general civil litigation. 

 

Stephanie married Marc Trantham in July of 2011, and they reside in Middlesboro, Kentucky, with their dog Max.