Our History

For over 60 years, the law firm of Gess Mattingly & Atchison, P.S.C. has been providing legal services which contribute to the success of our clients and the betterment of the community.  Formed in 1954, the firm actually traces its roots back to the 1930s when Lexington native and University of Kentucky track star, William B. Gess (1906-1985) began practicing law.  After developing his practice for a couple of decades, Mr. Gess was joined by World War II veterans, Jack F. Mattingly (1921-2006) and John G. Atchison, Jr. (1924-2002), and the firm was founded in 1954.  Since that time, the firm has grown into one of Lexington’s leading law firms, and continues to maintain the rigorous standards of its founders and to uphold a tradition of excellence.

Representing clients throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the firm is centrally located in the heart of downtown Lexington, and has grown to become a full-service law firm with the ability to serve a diverse clientele in a variety of practice areas.  With a commitment to quality and professionalism, the firm has been recognized as a top-tier law firm in the Best Law Firms rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, and is comprised of lawyers who have been recognized for their talent and contributions by rating services such as Super Lawyers® and The Best Lawyers in America®, and have received AV PreeminentTM and BV DistinguishedTM ratings from the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating service.

The firm is proud of its tradition of excellence, and its attorneys and staff remain committed to providing high quality and effective legal services to our clients