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C. Joseph Beavin

Of Counsel, Lexington

Joe serves in an Of Counsel capacity in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and has been with SKO since 1983. He is part of the Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits practice.

A skilled problem solver who is knowledgeable in all aspects of Employment Law, Joe was part of the legal team that successfully represented the Kentucky Retirement System before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case involved an asserted violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Joe also has done substantial work on behalf of clients in matters pertaining to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and has been honored as a Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year for his contributions in this area.

Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits: Joe’s practice focuses on employee benefits, ERISA-related issues and deferred compensation, as well as corporate law. He provides services to employers ranging from regional health care entities to major corporations.

University of Kentucky College of Law
1983, J.D., High Distinction
University of Kentucky
1973, B.S.
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


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers®, Lawyer of the Year, 2013, 2015
  • Best Lawyers®, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2008-present
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Labor & Employment, 2012-2016
  • Order of the Coif
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  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Baptist Health Foundation Lexington
  • Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League, Board Member
  • Baptist Health Lexington Foundation, Board Member, Vice Chair, 2018-2019
  • Lexington Singers, Inc. Board Member, Vice President
  • Lexington Employee Benefits Council, 1988-present; Past President
  • Lexington Rotary Club: member; Executive Committee, 2000-2009
  • Lexington Catholic High School, former Board of Trustees
  • Catholic Action Center, 2009
  • 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 Services, 2002