Getting Clued In to Glenn Denton

Glenn Denton takes two steps to the world’s one and it shows. Early in his career, he’s covered more ground than most! Here’s a clue as to what drives him. His family.

If you can slow Glenn Denton down long enough to get a word in between the glibly delivered one-liners and bold opinions of this second-generation Denton & Keuler attorney at law, you would find that he is a living legacy to a family dedicated to civic advancement and community service.

glennIn 1977, Glenn was one of a group of second graders at Clark Elementary School interviewed by a reporter from Paducah Tilghman’s newspaper. One of the questions was “What do you want to be when you grow up?” To that question, Glenn answered, “a city attorney.” At the time, his father, W. David Denton, was . . . city attorney. Glenn’s answer was an early clue as to what path his life would follow.

Still under 40 (just barely), Glenn served as the chairman of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce in 2003, following in the leadership footsteps of his father. He currently serves as the chairman of the board of the Paducah-McCracken County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and he is a director of both Paducah Bank and Lawyer’s Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky.

Glenn has also followed in the footsteps of his mother. Ann Denton has served more than 25 years as a board member of the Paducah Junior College Foundation. Glenn taught for four years as an adjunct professor at Paducah Community College and was recently appointed to Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education by Governor Steve Beshear.

See, what did we tell you?

Community commitment is contagious in the Denton family. While Glenn’s parents have spent years in dedicated attendance to the needs of the city and the region, his wife, Heather, is the newest contributor. Heather currently serves as chairman of the board of trustees for the McCracken County Library. Glenn grew up with the “go out and make a difference” discussion around the family dinner table. Both he and his family have taken it to heart.

After a decade of practicing law and working throughout western Kentucky and southern Illinois, Glenn focuses much of his time on litigation. He is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and Illinois and a host of federal courts all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. He regularly represents individuals, small businesses, governmental entities, and cities and counties in his daily legal dealings. His experience in the courtroom and the representation of his myriad types of clients has earned him a high profile in the region and a growing statewide reputation.

glenn2Yet, Glenn manages to find time to spread his varied energies around to a wide range of projects, causes, and concerns. His family, of course, is the first priority. Glenn is married to fellow attorney, Heather. (Interesting note: They were sworn in to practice at the U.S. Supreme Court by Chief Justice John Roberts together in Washington last year.) They are loving parents to William David Denton II and Grace Ann Denton. “The foundation of my life, career, and civic service is my family.  My mother and father started it. Heather, Will, and Grace are my motivation to continue it.”

Glenn’s passion for the future of his family translates effortlessly into his civic engagement, particularly when it comes to his most recent involvement on the Council for Postsecondary Education. “The opportunity to serve on a board that has a statewide impact was very appealing. Everyone agrees that coordinating an efficient postsecondary and adult education system is critical for Kentucky’s future. The question is how best to do that. It is challenging work.”

Even at this early juncture in Glenn’s experiences, he has garnered great perspective on what it takes to keep a community alive, well, and moving forward. He has witnessed the invaluable commitment to action by one such essential economic entity—the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. Glenn was the chairman that initiated its annual Washington, DC Fly-In trip. That trip continues to pay long-term dividends.

And he’s taking it all in stride—a stride that hits a pretty fast pace. “My son is in fourth grade and my daughter is in second grade. My friends and I debate constantly on how to improve the community that our children will grow up in. My parents and their friends had the same debate. They contributed and made this community and region better. My family is committed to doing the same, only faster.”