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Adam C. Reeves

Member, Lexington

Adam is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and joined the firm in 2016. He is Chair of SKO’s Appellate practice and is focused on Business and Health Care Litigation.

Adam represents corporations, organizations and individuals throughout Kentucky in federal and state court litigation involving business and criminal torts. He also advises clients on Antitrust Law and on internal and government investigations.

Before joining SKO, Adam worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Kentucky, where he obtained jury verdicts in prosecutions for white-collar crimes and asset forfeiture. In this role, he honed his skills as an appellate lawyer by briefing and arguing appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Adam attended the William & Mary School of Law and, after graduating, clerked for the Honorable Eugene E. Siler Jr., a Senior Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

For his many legal achievements, Adam has been recognized as a Rising Star by Kentucky Super Lawyers® and is recognized in the Best Lawyers in America® list. As further testament to his leadership skills, he has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, an accomplishment that is reflected in the honest and responsive service he provides to his clients every day at the firm.

Appellate: Adam chairs this practice group and regularly briefs and argues appeals on behalf of clients in both state and federal appellate courts. He is also an active member of the American Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee and frequently authors publications on appellate practice and legal issues.

Business Litigation: Adam represents businesses and individuals in disputes and complex litigation involving business torts, including breaches of contract and fiduciary duty, fraud and enforcement of shareholder agreements. He has successfully obtained jury verdicts in both civil and criminal trials, and has obtained summary judgment and injunctive relief for clients in both state and federal court. He also represents clients in out-of-court settings where he helps resolve disputes through mediation and arbitration.

Health Care Litigation: In this ever-changing area of law, Adam offers representation based on his broad understanding of the industry and its regulatory concerns. He provides strategic counsel on civil, criminal and administrative matters for hospitals, physicians groups, assisted-living facilities and various other industry entities.

Antitrust, Trade Regulation & Franchise: Adam routinely presents to industry and trade groups on Antitrust law, and consults with clients seeking to navigate Antitrust law in their business transactions and decisions.

Education
William and Mary School of Law
2010, J.D.
College of William Mary
2007, B.A., magna cum laude
Admissions
Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky

Recognition

  • American Bar Association Young Lawyer Leadership Program, 2018-2019
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2020
  • Chief Justice of Moot Court, William & Mary School of Law, 2010
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, 2019
  • Teaching Assistant, Legal Skills Program, William & Mary School of Law, 2010
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Affiliations

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Appellate Practice Commitee and Business Torts & Unfair Competition Committee

Work Highlights

Successful Enforcement of Shareholder Agreement

Successfully represented closely-held business to enforce stock-transfer restrictions in business’s Shareholder Agreement against former shareholder and other parties claiming ownership of business. Obtained summary judgment in federal court upholding validity of Shareholder Agreement’s transfer restrictions.

Successful Defense of Veil-Piercing Claim

Spradlin v. Beads and Steeds Inn, LLC (In re Howland), Case No. 16-5499 (Jan., 2017) (unpublished)

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court rulings SKO obtained in a matter involving novel Kentucky corporate law claims centered on reverse veil piercing and substantive consolidation claims under bankruptcy law. SKO successfully defended the client against efforts by a Chapter 7 trustee to avoid the transfer of a parcel of real property. In this case, the client purchased a farm from an LLC, which leased it back to continue operating its business at the location. When the individual members of the LLC later sought bankruptcy relief, the trustee filed a complaint, alleging the client was the recipient of a fraudulent transfer. SKO proved the property transfer was made to our client by the LLC, not the individual debtors. Efforts by the trustee to amend and consolidate the complaint on appeal, as well as invoke reverse veil-piercing, were unsuccessful in federal Bankruptcy Court, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.