Elizabeth A. Combs earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Communications from Transylvania University, a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Northern Kentucky University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law. While in law school, she participated in the United States District Court Judicial Fellows Program, was President of both the Women's Law Caucus and the Appalachian Law Caucus, and was a Member of the Trial Advocacy Board and the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law.

Prior to joining Wilkes & McHugh, Ms. Combs was an associate attorney with a Lexington firm, where she litigated cases through drafting motions, conducting depositions, and attending hearings. Before embarking on a legal career, Ms. Combs gained experience in marketing and event planning for organizations such as Commerce Lexington, Inc. and the UK College of Law.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law  (J.D.)
  • University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics  (M.B.A.)
  • Northern Kentucky University  (M.S.)
  • Transylvania University  (B.A.)

State Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

Ms. Combs is President of the Transylvania University Young Alumni Council, a Board Member of the UK Law Alumni Association, and a 2017 graduate of Leadership Kentucky’s Elevate young professionals program. She is also a member of the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division Executive Committee.


Ms. Combs was named to the 2018 Super Lawyers Kentucky Rising Stars list for Civil Litigation. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers selects no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state for the Rising Stars list.

Charitable & Civic Involvement

Ms. Combs is a Commissioner on the Governor's Commission on Community Volunteerism & Service, a Member of the Junior League of Lexington, a Board Member of God's Pantry Food Bank, and a Board Member of the New Opportunity School for Women, a non-profit organization that equips low-income Appalachian women with the knowledge and support they need to build a fulfilling life for themselves and their families.  

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