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Brian A. Ritchie

Counsel to the Firm, Lexington

Brian is Counsel to the Firm in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and joined SKO in 2019. He focuses primarily on representing clients in employee benefits, ERISA, and other employment matters, but also contributes to the Business Services and Tax Law practice groups at the firm.

An attorney with nearly 20 years of experience, Brian has worked with businesses and organizations of all sizes in all aspects of the ERISA and employee benefits field, including qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, executive compensation arrangements, employee benefit plans of governmental and tax-exempt employers, as well as ERISA litigation.

He has extensive experience working with the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor on tax and ERISA compliance issues, respectively, including the representation of employers in IRS and DOL audits. He has particular expertise and experience in helping governmental entities and tax-exempt organizations navigate matters relating to their employee benefit plans. Brian has also represented clients in connection with litigation under the federal False Claims Act. For all clients, he takes a flexible and practical approach to solving problems and ensuring clients’ needs are fully met.

Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits: Brian serves as a trusted advisor for employers and coordinates with in-house counsel, human resources professionals and/or company leaders to develop strategies for structuring benefits packages, addressing employee and personnel matters, and handling challenges as they arise.

Business Services and Tax Law: With a strong consideration toward clients’ objectives and time, Brian provides legal services across a broad range of business activities, including business entity formation and organization, corporate governance matters, tax matters and planning, and negotiation and documentation of contracts.

University of Kentucky College of Law
2001, J.D.
Centre College
1997, B.A.
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky


  • American Bar Association
  • Western Little League, Board of Directors
News Publications Seminars


     The SECURE Act, Lexington Employee Benefits Council, 2020

     Best Practices for Employee Benefit Plan Compliance, Kentucky Association of School Business Officials Conference, 
     2015,  2016, 2017

     Fair Labor Standards Act Compliance, Kentucky Association of School Business Officials Conference, 2016

     Employee Benefit Update and ERISA Litigation, University of Kentucky 13th Biennial Employment Law Institute, 2012

    Employee Benefit Update and ERISA Litigation, University of Kentucky 12th Biennial Employment Law Institute, 2010