In January of 2010, Kerry B. Harvey was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Mr. Harvey began his service in May of 2010. Harvey is a native of Kentucky and brings more than 25 years of legal experience to the position.
Prior to his arrival at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Harvey served two and a half years as the General Counsel for the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services in Frankfort, Ky. He directed a team of 35 lawyers that litigated cases such as health care fraud. In that role, Harvey also served as the Acting Inspector General for the Cabinet for a six month period where he led efforts to prevent and detect fraud in various programs administered by the Cabinet (i.e. health care).
Harvey worked as a partner in a private law firm in Benton Ky. from 1991 until 2008. He spent much of his time litigating civil cases in which he defended banks, hospitals, local governments and local officials in federal court on alleged civil rights violations.
Harvey also served eight years as the Marshall County Attorney (1986 – 1994) while maintaining his private practice. He prosecuted more than 50 jury trial cases during his tenure.
Harvey earned his undergraduate degree from Murray State University in 1978 and graduated from the University of Kentucky’s College of Law in 1982. He lives in Lexington, Ky. with his wife and two daughters.