John T. McGarvey is a 1973 graduate of the College. He is a shareholder and chairperson of the executive committee of Morgan & Pottinger, P.S.C. His practice concentrates in the representation of banks and other lenders in litigation and matters under the Uniform Commercial Code.
McGarvey is a member of the American Bar Association's Section of Business Law and the Committees on the Uniform Commercial Code, Commercial Financial Services and Banking Law. He represents Kentucky as a Commissioner to the Uniform Law Commission and is the Southern Region representative on the Commission’s Legislative Council. McGarvey served on the Commission’s Joint Review Committee for Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (2008-2010), and is now the Co-Chair of the Enactment Committee for the 2010 amendments to Article 9.
McGarvey is an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law teaching secured transactions. Official and civic positions held by McGarvey include: Special Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court (1990 and 2008-2010) City Attorney, City of Anchorage (1987- ) Asst. Law Director, City of Louisville 1978-1979 member Public Policy Committee (2007- ) and Chairperson of the Energy Policy Committee (2008-2009) of Greater Louisville, Inc. attorney steering committee, Citizens for Better Judges (1992-1993) president, University of Kentucky College of Law Alumni Association (1998-2006) and member, UK College of Law Visiting Committee (Committee chairperson 2010-2011), UK College of Law Dean Search Committee (2008). He is a graduate of the Leadership Kentucky class of 2005, and the FBI’s Citizens Academy class of 2006. The Anchorage Civic Club named him its citizen of the year in 2008.