Leslie Cronen

Leslie Cronen

Pikeville, Kentucky

Attorney Leslie Cronen joined the law firm of Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C. after over a decade of practicing personal injury and mass torts at a well-respected Plaintiffs’ firm in Louisville, KY. Prior to that, she practiced for several years at two insurance defense firms, defending doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice cases.  In her work with the law firm of Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C., Ms. Cronen will continue to represent individuals seriously injured through the negligence of others, including wrongful death and medical malpractice claims, as well as defective drug and medical device claims.

Ms. Cronen graduated from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, cum laude, in 2002, after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Louisville in 1999.  She is licensed to practice law in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Massachusetts.  She is an active member of the Kentucky Justice Association, the American Association for Justice, and Women En Mass.  Ms. Cronen has also served on the Board of Directors of the Jefferson County Women Lawyers Association for several years.  She has been named a Super Lawyer for several years and is rated AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating by Martindale-Hubbell.  Ms. Cronen recently co-chaired the first annual KY Women Trial Lawyers’ Retreat in June 2017, bringing together women attorneys from across the region for two days of networking, mentoring and learning in a relaxed environment.

With two teenagers at home, Ms. Cronen and her husband are very active in their school, sports and church activities and enjoy spending time with family, cooking and watching their favorite collegiate sports teams.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Negligence
  • Product Defects
  • Medical Device and Drug Litigation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Personal Injury
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Mass Torts

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2002
  • Indiana, 2011
  • Tennessee, 2014
  • Massachusetts, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee


  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
    • Juris Doctor cum laude - 2002
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
    • B.A. - 1999
    • Major: Communications

Published Works

  • Author, “Impact of Changes in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on Practice in Kentucky” March/April 2016, The Advocate, Kentucky Justice Association
  • Co-Author, “2015 changes to FRCP 26(b)(1) and the expected impact on Kentucky practice,” Nov/Dec 2015, Bench and Bar, Kentucky Bar Association
  • Co-Author, “Maneuvering in the Preemption Maze” November 2014, Trial Magazine, American Association for Justice
  • Reviewer: “Practical Aspects of Civil Practice in State Courts,” New Lawyer Handbook, Kentucky Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2008


  • Speaker/Presenter, “Advanced Issues in Personal Injury Litigation: Legislative and Case Law Update,” NBI, March, 2016
  • Speaker/Presenter, “There’s Safety in Focus Groups for Attorneys,” Kentucky Justice Association, June, 2013

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Jefferson County Women Lawyers Association, Board Member
  • Kentucky Women Trial Attorneys Retreat, Steering Committee, Co-Chair, 2017 - Present
  • LBA Leadership Academy, Class of 2007, Fellow
  • Louis D. Brandeis Inn of Court, Associate Member, 2005 - 2007