DENTON LAW FIRM
Denton Law Firm has roots in Paducah, Kentucky that date back to 1969. With a heart for community service and their clients’ best interest, Denton Law Firm has deep relationships with the people of Paducah, McCracken County, and western Kentucky.
Recently we got to speak with Glenn Denton, partner at Denton Law Firm, to learn more about the firm and what it values. Here is what he had to say.
1. How did Denton Law Firm get started?
Denton Law Firm traces its roots to my father, W. David Denton, when he came to Paducah in 1969. He has been practicing in Paducah since then. We now have 9 attorneys practicing at the firm. We are honored to have employees who have been with us for the long haul. They have become like family. That’s rare these days. For example, our retired office manager has been working with us for 46 years, and she is still in our office working part-time. We have a wonderful administrative assistant who has been working with us for over 40 years. We have a paralegal IT specialist who has been working with us for over 30 years. We have a real estate specialist who has been working with us for over 30 years, and we have several employees in their twenties and teens. This doesn’t even touch on the tenure of our attorneys. We have a wonderful crew that has been here for a long time working together, knowing each other, supporting each other, and watching each other’s families grow up. That’s something pretty special.
2. What do you do that sets you apart?
A large part of our practice deals with real estate. Having to do with running titles, loan closings (both residential and commercial), economic development deals, corporate and transactional planning and zoning, and litigation. We have a heavy concentration in real estate, another concentration in litigation, and a third concentration in probate and estate planning. We have attorneys and professional staff who have been working in these areas for many years.
3. How has the community helped your business?
Number one, David Denton has always preached that everyone in our firm should be actively involved in the community. Be it the Rotary Club, the Lions Club, the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, an Economic Development Group, your school’s PTO, your church, or whatever organization you may choose. It is appropriate, proper, and expected to give back to the community. With that being said, the community has been responsive and wonderful since my father arrived in Paducah back in 1969. The community has always supported us. We have never had a moment that we haven’t felt that the community wasn’t helping. Sometimes it can be quite overwhelming.
For example, we recently were able to assist the Merryman House in the acquisition of their new campus. We were a small part of a team of individuals whose goal was to drive the project to an outcome. We were chosen to be the attorneys on the project. We were honored to help with such a wonderful project.
4. What is your favorite thing to do in Paducah?
If you live in western Kentucky and you are not taking advantage of Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake, you are making a mistake. Almost every single person in this firm takes advantage of the lakes in some way. They are sailing, boating, paddle boarding, hunting, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, going to the elk and bison prairies, water skiing, and so much more. You are definitely missing something if you are not taking advantage of what the lakes have to offer.
5. Is there anything else you would like to tell an entrepreneur starting a business in Paducah?
First, find a good attorney, a good accountant, and a good mentor. Second, develop a strong and meaningful relationship with a financial institution. One that will not only help you in terms of extending your credit but also one that will analyze your business and work with you on matters you may not think about. Finally, don’t be afraid to try something new. We have lots of wonderful entrepreneurs in Paducah. They have tried some interesting ideas. Some of them have hit and have paid off in ways we never expected. The best example of this, in my opinion, is Bill and Meredith Schroeder. They had the courage to host a Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky. Now, decades later it has grown into something that is the envy of the state, and it helped push the City of Paducah to an UNESCO designated city. Nobody could have ever anticipated that new adventure would take off like it did.