Whayne C. Priest Jr., a co-founding partner with the Bowling Green law firm English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, was presented with the 2021 William H. Natcher Award by the Bowling Green-Warren County Bar Association during its annual Law Day ceremony.
The Natcher award was established in 1994 to memorialize the life and ideals of the late congressman and has been awarded each year during Law Day.
The award goes to a retired or deceased member of the local bar association whose life exemplified Natcher’s characteristics of humility and high ethical standards and his belief that the public interest be served over personal interests.
Priest is a 1962 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he served on the board of editors for the Kentucky Law Journal. Priest earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in 1960, graduating with high distinction and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
He began his legal career in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a judge advocate general at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio.
In 1973, Priest became a founding partner of the ELPO law firm.
During more than 40 years of practice in Bowling Green and Warren County, Priest tried cases throughout the area’s state and federal courts, argued cases to the Kentucky Court of Appeals, Kentucky Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.