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Adam T. Goebel

Member , Louisville KY


Adam T. Goebel

Member , Louisville KY

Adam is a Member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Louisville office and has been with the firm since 2001. He serves as Chair of the Environmental Litigation practice and focuses primarily on complex cases involving clients in the energy and commercial sectors. He is also part of the Business Litigation, Banking Litigation, Health Care, and Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring practice groups, and Mr. Goebel also has substantial experience with personal injury and wrongful death claims.

Adam is AV® Preeminent ™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, listed in Best Lawyers in America, and is routinely recognized as a Kentucky Super Lawyer. Chambers USA, based on its independent research, awarded Adam its top ranking of Band 1 in Environmental Law and Litigation. Adam has also been listed in Louisville Magazine as one of the best environmental lawyers.

Within the realm of environmental litigation, Adam has been lead counsel in a variety of complex cases involving hazardous waste, air, and water. These cases include complex cost allocation, citizen suits, class actions, alleged regulatory violations, and contractual claims. In many of the cases, Adam has achieved outright dismissals, while in others he has achieved a successful verdict on the merits or a favorable settlement.

A highlight of Adam’s success was his role as lead counsel for a chemical manufacturing client in arbitration over cost allocation in which the client owned one of the most environmentally complex sites in the U.S. The prior owner of the site had owned and operated the facility for approximately 30 years until 1990, while Adam’s client has owned and operated the facility for the last 30 years. The parties had a significant dispute over responsibility for investigating and remediating the substantial environmental liabilities at the site, which were estimated to be in excess of $200 million. The parties arbitrated the dispute, and the final arbitration hearing consisted of 36 trial days over four months, 7,000 exhibits, more than 20 expert witnesses, 36 live witnesses, and 16 witnesses by deposition. After the hearing, the three-member arbitration panel issued a unanimous award assigning responsibility for 100% of the costs to the prior owner and 0% to Adam’s client. The arbitration award was confirmed by the federal district court. PolyOne Corporation v. Westlake Vinyls, Inc., Case No. 19-cv-121.

As a further testament to Adam’s strengths as a litigator, Adam was lead counsel in an appeal that vacated a multimillion-dollar verdict against his client. The published opinion, Insight Kentucky Partners II L.P. v. Preferred Automotive Services, Inc., was the first in Kentucky state courts to establish the standard for aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty.

Adam is lead counsel in a major wrongful death lawsuit filed against a local drainage district. The lawsuit arises out of the tragic death of a teenage boy who drowned after being swept into a stormwater drainage pipe. The teenager’s estate and his mother claimed that the drainage district was responsible for the teenager’s death, and they sought damages in excess of $30 million. Adam obtained summary judgment in favor of the drainage district on all of the plaintiffs’ claims.

In other high-stakes cases, Adam has represented clients in substantial matters involving fraud, embezzlement, and other financial improprieties. Adam led a forensic investigation into alleged financial improprieties in excess of $100 million at a major foundation.  He also represented the largest creditor in bankruptcy involving an approximately $2 billion dollar Ponzi scheme, and Adam helped to lead not only the examination of the financial records in that matter but also claims against accountants and various guarantors.  Adam obtained summary judgment enforcing guarantee agreements in excess of $100 million dollars, and he achieved significant settlements in National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) arbitrations, insurance coverage disputes, and breach of contract claims.

Early in his career, Adam gained substantial experience in criminal law and handled felony jury trials on matters ranging from white-collar crimes to murder charges. Most of the trials resulted in acquittals on all charges or a conviction of lesser offenses.

For his numerous accomplishments, Adam has earned professional recognition on a local and national level. He has shared his expertise in the field of environmental law in several news and legal publications, including Business FirstBench and Bar magazine, and the Louisville Bar Association’s Bar Briefs.

Banking Litigation: Adam advises businesses and professionals faced with securities infractions, preference and fraudulent conveyance claims, and valuation disputes, among other issues.

Healthcare: Concentrating mainly on litigation, Adam represents hospitals, physicians and physicians groups, assisted-living facilities, and other service providers in antitrust matters, insurance coverage disputes, breach of contract claims, and a range of other concerns.

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring: Adam provides representation to all types of constituencies in insolvency situations, from lender liability litigation to conflicts over securitized loans.


Southern Methodist University, 1996, J.D.

Emory University, 1992, B.A.

National Criminal Defense College


Admitted In

  • Kentucky

  • Kentucky Supreme Court

  • Texas

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Kentucky

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association

  • Kentucky Bar Association

  • Louisville Bar Association

  • Ohio Bar Association

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

  • Texas Bar Association

  • West Virginia Bar Association


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, and Litigation — Environmental, 2023 – present

  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Environmental Law, 2012-2014; 2016

  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Natural Resources and Utilities, 2024

  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® Honoree, 2012-2017; 2019-2023

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA®) Advocate

  • SMU Law Review, Associate Editor

  • Phi Delta Phi, Associate Editor

  • National Criminal Defense College

Work Highlights

  • Complex Litigation of Superfund Cleanup Site
    Louisville Industrial Park, LLC v. ExxonMobil Oil Corporation, et al., Case No. 3:14-CV-278-CRS (W.D. Ky., 2017). See also, FCBKy Holding, LLC v. Louisville Industrial Park, LLC, et al., Case No. 13-CI-402829 (Jefferson Circuit Court, 2013).

    Originally presented with a foreclosure case by our bank client, the matter became further complicated when the location in question was declared a Superfund Site by the U.S. EPA. SKO negotiated a resolution that involved an acquisition under Kentucky’s brownfields regulations, protecting the bank against liability for historic contamination. The firm’s attorneys also successfully acquired the property for a subsidiary while dealing with substantial tax liens and negotiated a plan for cleanup, which proved satisfactory to state and federal regulators. Subsequently, SKO also successfully resolved lender liability claims that threatened to delay the transfer of the property and the commencement of cleanup activities. The case was settled favorably in March 2018.

  • Suit Brought on Behalf of LLC Member to Follow Operating Agreement

    When a faction of an LLC purported to take control of its board notwithstanding the absence of a vote of the members, SKO represented a group of members in litigation insisting that the requirements of the operating agreement be satisfied.

  • Rights of Nonprofit Members to Inspect Corporate Records

    SKO represented certain members of a Kentucky nonprofit equine corporation in litigation against the nonprofit. When “significant deficiencies” were identified in the nonprofit’s $2 million annual budget, the organization refused to produce accounting records to the members who requested them. SKO obtained a summary judgment on behalf of its clients and defeated nonprofit’s motion for a stay of the judgment pending appeal. SKO also established that the nonprofit destroyed records, computer hard drives and backup servers during the pendency of the litigation. The Fayette Circuit Court held the nonprofit in contempt and ordered it to pay SKO’s fees. The nonprofit sought relief in the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Following the conclusion of the briefing by both parties, the nonprofit agreed to dismiss its appeals and to comply with the judgments entered in the Fayette Circuit Court action. This was a case of first impression in Kentucky. The Court held that, under Kentucky law, all Kentucky nonprofit corporations must allow their members to inspect and copy all of the corporation’s books and records.

  • Breach of Contract Prosecution

    Successfully prosecuted a breach of contract claim under the indemnity provisions of a purchase and sale agreement.

  • Superfund Site Guidance, Superfund Investigation

    Advised client in negotiations with Potentially Responsible Parties, EPA and Kentucky state regulatory authorities in major Superfund investigation.

  • Dismissal of RCRA Citizen Suit

    Obtained dismissal of a RCRA Citizen Suit under the Burford Abstention doctrine by arguing that existing state administrative proceedings covered the same issues.

  • Superfund Potentially Responsible Parties

    Successfully resolved a contribution claim against alleged Potentially Responsible Party arising out of the remediation of a former scrap processing facility.

  • Circle Environmental CERCLA Claim

    Successfully resolved EPA cost recovery claim against multiple Potentially Responsible Parties arising out of the EPA’s cleanup of a waste oil facility.

  • Environmental Litigation for a University

    Represented a university and its athletic association in environmental litigation against CSX related to environmental costs incurred in building and expanding the university’s stadium.


  • SKO Hemp Seminar, Oct. 29, 2019

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