Mark C. Whitlow

Mark C. Whitlow

Mark C. Whitlow


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Mark is a native of Paducah, Kentucky and was a valedictorian of Paducah Tilghman High School.  After graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Pierce Lively, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  Upon completion of his clerkship, Mark returned to Paducah and joined the firm of Whitlow, Roberts, Houston & Straub, PLLC in 1978.



Mr. Whitlow has represented many companies in Western Kentucky in employment discrimination and labor issues, including McCracken County’s largest employer.  His practice has involved work with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and litigation in state and federal courts and appellate work.  He has represented companies before the National Labor Relations Board and has counseled companies during union organizational drives, contract negotiations, unfair labor practice charges, and injunctions for contract violations or misconduct.  Mr. Whitlow has served as counsel to several local businesses and has been lead counsel for companies buying or selling assets or stock in other companies.  As local counsel for Regions Bank, Mr. Whitlow has prepared loan agreements, loan work-out agreements, and has represented the Bank in complex collection cases and foreclosures.  He has received the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.


Licenses and Associations

  • Kentucky Bar, 1977
  • United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Kentucky
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • Special Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court (five cases)
  • Kentucky Bar Association Board of Governors (2002-2008)
  • Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Life Member
  • Kentucky Supreme Court, Rules Committee



  • Emory University, B.A. 1974
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Omicron Delta Kappa leadership fraternity
  • University of Virginia, J.D. 1977
    • President, Virginia Legal Research Group


Community Service

  • Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, past President
  • Paducah Rotary Club, past President
  • General Conference of the United Methodist Church, Delegate
  • United Way, campaign Chair
  • City of Paducah Ethics Committee, Chair
  • McCracken County Human Society, Treasurer