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Adam M. Back

Member, Lexington

Adam is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office, focusing his practice on bankruptcy, non-bankruptcy workouts, creditors’ rights, and distressed transactions. He has extensive experience in Chapter 11 (reorganization of commercial debt) and Chapter 9 (reorganization of municipal debt) bankruptcies and has represented major secured lenders, vendors, and lessors in significant coal industry cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern Districts of Kentucky and Virginia.

Additionally, his practice includes substantial commercial and business litigation in Kentucky state courts and federal courts inside and outside of Kentucky, serving as lead counsel for multiple regional and local bank clients in commercial litigation, including collection and foreclosure matters.

Adam is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and is a frequent speaker on creditors’ rights issues and has presented at external seminars sponsored by organizations including the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division.  Active within the community, Adam is a founding director of University You, Inc. and a member of the Steering Committee for Commerce Lexington’s Leadership Lexington Youth Program. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Fayette County Bar Foundation, was a member of the 2013-14 Leadership Lexington program and previously served on the United Way of the Bluegrass Community Building Cabinet and as a volunteer instructor for Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass.

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University of Kentucky College of Law
2005, J.D.
Eastern Kentucky University
1999, B.A., cum laude
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
Various pro hac vice admissions


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2016-present
  • Creditors’ Rights Attorney of the Year in Kentucky, Corporate INTL Magazine Global Award, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019
  • Leadership Lexington, Class of 2014
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  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, 2005-present
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, 2006-present
  • Fayette County Bar Foundation, Board Member, 2015-present
  • University You, Inc., Board of Directors, 2014-2015
  • Commerce Lexington Leadership Lexington Youth, Steering Committee, 2014-2017
  • Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass, Financial Literacy Instructor, 2012
  • United Way of the Bluegrass, Community Building Cabinet, member, 2008-2010
  • United Way of the Bluegrass, Fayette County Fund Distribution Team, member, 2008-2010
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Work Highlights

In re Adair County Hospital District

Case No. 13-10939, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky – Adam Back worked with George Smith and Emily Pagorski in the representation of the largest secured creditor in one of the first Chapter 9 cases filed in Kentucky.

In re James River Coal Company

Lead Case No. 14-31848, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia – Adam Back advised a member of the unsecured creditors committee and a landlord in one of the largest bankruptcy cases in 2015. Additionally, Adam negotiated a walk-away deal for a client in a $467,000...

In re Financial Holdings, Inc.

Case No. 15-51187, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky – Adam Back led a Stoll Keenon Ogden team representing a bank holding company in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the first of its kind in Kentucky. The ownership of the bank was successfully sold via a Section 363...

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News Seminars


     Bankruptcy Law and Related Legal Topics, Kentucky Corn Growers Association, Grower
     Education and Leadership Class, 2017

     Healthcare Restructuring Issues (panel discussion), ABI Midwest Regional Bankruptcy
     Seminar, 2017

Farmers Capital Holding Company, Business Ethics Seminar, co-presenter with Erica Galyon, Farmers Capital Bank Corporation, 2014
The Absolute Priority Rule in Individual Chapter 11 Cases: Recent Developments and Emerging Trends, co-presenter with Jessica Haurylko, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, Bankruptcy CLE, Fayette County Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section, 2013
Bankruptcy Law Basics for Young Lawyers, co-presenter with Jessica Newman, Forcht Bank, Administrative Law Basics, Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, 2012
Handling the Collection Case: The Creditor's Viewpoint, Collection Law Conference, University of Kentucky Office of Continuing Legal Education, 2012
Collection Law & The Top 10 FDCPA Traps, 30th Annual Conference on Legal Issues for Financial Institutions, University of Kentucky Office of Continuing Legal Education, 2010
The Impact of Bankruptcy on Collections; Avoiding Ethical Tangles in Collections, Collection Law from Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2010
Overview of Bankruptcy Chapters; Creditors’ Rights and Issues in Bankruptcy; A Trustee’s Tools in Bankruptcy, Judgement Enforcement in Kentucky, Lorman Education Services, 2008