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Allison J. Donovan

Member, Lexington

Allison is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and has been with the firm since 2006. She concentrates primarily on Business Services, Banking, and Mergers & Acquisitions, but also contributes to several other practice groups at SKO. Allison also serves on the finance committee for the firm. 

For clients in the banking and corporate sectors, and a host of other industries, Allison draws on her substantial knowledge of general business law to offer legal counsel on matters ranging from entity formation to real estate financing.

Allison also assists financial institutions in navigating the complex regulatory framework that governs their activities. She has represented public and private entities before federal and state agencies, including the Federal Reserve, FDIC, OCC, and Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions. She works collaboratively with these agencies to address issues on behalf of clients.

Among other recognitions, Allison has the distinction of being honored as a Rising Star by Kentucky Super Lawyers® for five consecutive years and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America® .

Business Services: Allison focuses on activities associated with the structuring of businesses, including the raising of capital through private placements and crowdfunding. Beyond the realm of entity formation, she advises on mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations. In finalizing these transactions, she drafts and negotiates agreements, produces closing documents and assists with obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals.

Banking: Allison guides financial institutions on supervisory and enforcement matters, the negotiation of buy and sell agreements, and drafts documents relating to various transactions. She routinely counsels client on lending regulations, including those pertaining to insider loans (Regulation O), transactions between banks and affiliates (Regulation W), and acquisition activities of bank holding companies (Regulation Y). She has represented private and public banks of various sizes, and has particular experience working with community banks.

Mergers & Acquisitions: Named an Attorney of the Year by Corporate INTL in this complex field of law, Allison has significant expertise to assist with the purchase or sale of any type of business.

Real Estate: Allison provides services relating to commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions and leasing, which are often components of the business transactions she handles.


University of Kentucky College of Law
2006, J.D.
Eastern Kentucky University
2003, B.A., summa cum laude


  • Best Lawyers®, Banking and Finance Law, and Real Estate Law, 2020-present
  • Kentucky Rising Stars® Honoree, 2015-2020
  • Lawyers of Color “Hot List,” Southern Region, 2013
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney of the Year in Kentucky, Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award, 2014
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  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bankers Association Bank Counsel Division, Member
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, Director/Vice-President
  • Leadership Central Kentucky, 2013-2014
  • American Heart Association, Lexington Chapter, former Board Member
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Work Highlights

Sale of Bank Holding Company/Bank

Represented a bank holding company in the sale of ownership by means of a merger transaction.  We handled all aspects of the transaction for our client, including negotiation of the definitive merger agreement and related closing documents, preparation of proxy statement to obtain shareholder approval, and working with the buyer to obtain regulatory approvals.

Acquisition of Bank

Represented a bank holding company in the acquisition of a bank by means of a share purchase and subsequent merger transaction.  We handled all aspects of the transaction for our client, including negotiation of the definitive agreement and related closing documents, and obtained approval from the applicable state and federal regulators for the acquisition and merger.

Acquisition of Petroleum Distributor Business

Represented a full-line petroleum distributor in connection with its acquisition of another petroleum distributor business by means of an asset purchase transaction.  The transaction also involved the acquisition or leasing of multiple convenience stores and other real estate.  We handled all aspects of the transaction for our client, including drafting and negotiation of the definitive purchase agreement, related closing documents, and assistance in obtaining various licenses required for post-closing operations.

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News Publications Seminars
     Business Filings and the Corporate Transparency Act, 19th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, University
     of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law, Speaker, 2023
     Legal Ethics and Technology:  Technology May Change, But Your Obligations Under the Rules of Professional
     Conduct Remain the Same
, National Bar Association, John Rowe Chapter, Panelists, 2019
     Fiduciary Duties of the Board of Directors and Related Matters, Kentucky Bankers  Association Emerging Leaders,

     Current Legal Issues in Banking and Bank Merger  and Acquisition Update, BKD Financial Services Symposiums, 2017

Choice of Entity Considerations When Forming a Business, Stoll Keenon Ogden, Women in Business Conference, 2008
     Current Legal Issues in Banking and Bank Merger & Acquisitions Update, BKD Financial Services Symposiums, 2019