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Law Offices Gregory, Easley & Ernstberger

The Law Offices of Gregory, Easley & Ernstberger Law Office is composed of partners Sid Easley and K. Bryan Ernstberger, and Of Counsel attorney, John A. Gregory, Jr. The firm was originally started by Nat Ryan Hughes, who began his law practice in Murray in the latter part of 1933 after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas and his receiving his law degree from the University of Kentucky.

From 1941 to 1943 Nat Ryan Hughes served in World War II, and then returned to his law practice as a sole practitioner.

In 1959 John A. Gregory, Jr. joined Nat Ryan Hughes at what was then the Tucker Building at 502 Maple Street, and subsequently, they formed the partnership of Hughes and Gregory. John A. Gregory, Jr. received his undergraduate degree from Centre College of Kentucky and his law degree from the University of Kentucky, and he served in the U.S. Army JAG Corp. from 1956 to 1959. In 1970 a new office building was built at 204 South 6th Street, and this location still serves as the firm’s home today. The property on which the office building now sits was originally Nat Ryan Hughes’ home place.

Nat Ryan Hughes died in 1981, after which, Sid Easley, former Calloway County Attorney and Judge of the Calloway District Court, joined John A. Gregory, Jr. and the firm of Hughes, Gregory and Easley began.

Numerous lawyers and judges known in the Western Kentucky area and beyond began their careers with this firm. Some notable individuals who have been associated with the firm include: Gary R. Haverstock, 1973-1980, an attorney practicing in Murray, KY; C. Mark Blankenship, 1979-1996, 52nd Circuit Commonwealth’s Attorney; KY; Dennis J. Courtney, 1992-2000, an attorney practicing in Murray, KY; Van F. Sims, an attorney practicing in Paducah, KY; Deborah Hawkins Crooks, Graves County District Judge; Paul Hayes, attorney and CPA; Michelle L. Gantt, attorney; Trevor H. Coleman, an attorney practicing in Murray, KY; Eric Easley, attorney with the U.S. State Department, and; Gregory English, attorney and Harvard Law School graduate.

In 2005, K. Bryan Ernstberger was admitted to practice law and joined the firm. In 2007, John A. Gregory, Jr. left his role as active partner of the firm and became Of Counsel, still lending his more than 50 years of experience to the members of the firm when called upon. In that same year, K. Bryan Ernstberger became an active partner with the firm and the firm became Gregory, Easley & Ernstberger.


My issues were serious to me and their law office always kept me informed about my case.  It seemed like they were always one step ahead which was really nice to know that I didn’t have to worry as much.  Everyone was pleasant and made sure my questions were answered.  I would definitely recommend this law office to anybody



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