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C. Joseph Beavin

Of Counsel, Lexington

Joseph is Of Counsel in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Lexington office and has been with the firm since 1983. He is a member of the Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits practice. His practice focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation, as well as corporate law. Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law in March, 2010, Joe has worked with employers on the impact of the various components of the Act on their businesses and their employees.

Joseph is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and honored as a Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in Lexington for Employee Benefits (ERISA) law. He was a member of the legal team that successfully represented the Kentucky Retirement System before the United State Supreme Court involving an asserted violation of the ADEA. He has also spoken at many local and regional seminars.

Joseph is a member of the Fayette County, Kentucky and American Bar associations. He is a member and past president of the Lexington Employee Benefits Council. To give back to the community, he has served on the board of trustees of Lexington Catholic High School, including serving on its executive committee for eight years. He is a member of the Rotary Club, and is a volunteer at God's Pantry and the Catholic Action Center. Married with two children, Joseph enjoys golf, tennis, music and UK sports during his free time.

University of Kentucky College of Law
1983, J.D., High Distinction
University of Kentucky
1973, B.S.
Fayette Circuit Court
Fayette District Court
Kentucky Court of Appeals
Kentucky Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
United States Supreme Court


  • Order of the Coif
  • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year,” Lexington, Employee Benefits, 2015
  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year," Lexington, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2013
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Labor & Employment, 2015-2016
  • Member of the legal team that successfully represented the Kentucky Retirement Systems before the United States Supreme Court (reversed 6th Circuit decision in favor of EEOC) in 2008 in a matter involving an asserted violation of the ADEA.
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  • Lexington Employee Benefits Council, past president, 1988-present
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Lexington Catholic High School, board of trustees
  • Rotary Club, executive committee, 2000-2009
  • Catholic Action Center, 2009
  • Volunteer God's Pantry, volunteer
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News Publications Seminars
SKO Employment Law Seminar 
Lexington Employee Benefits Council meetings, frequent speaker 
"401(k) Plans," Lorman Education Services2002