Michael Goforth has known attorney Paul Baker for more than a quarter of a century. They had at least one class together at the University of Kentucky College of Law, where Goforth graduated in 1985.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Goforth now has relatives in Tennessee and put down roots around the Kentucky cities of London, Corbin, and Barbourville, where he and Baker often worked on cases together. He’s been with the Paul Baker Law Office since 2015, when Baker contacted him with the invitation: “Are you ready to come home yet?”
Goforth graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond in 1982 with a degree in political science and business administration. “Growing up, I would like to discuss things with people — or argue with people,” he said.
He worked in private practice in London, Kentucky, from 1985 to 2011, handling personal injury cases. From 2011 to 2013, he worked for the Kentucky Bar Association’s Office of Bar Counsel, authorized by the Kentucky Supreme Court to investigate complaints against lawyers accused of professional misconduct. Diving deep into the various ethics rules “made me a better lawyer,” he said.
With the Paul Baker Law Office, he focuses on Social Security disability law as well as auto accidents. “I enjoy talking with people from various backgrounds … talking with the client and scratching below the surface,” he said.
Goforth is a certified mediator recognized by the Kentucky court system. He is an active member of the Episcopal church, the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation in Lexington, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, based in Washington, D.C.
Goforth also enjoys high school and college sports, thanks in part to being a legal guardian for some young men. “They call me Pops, and their kids consider me Grandpa,” he said. “I enjoy going to their games on the weekends.”