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Chadler M. Hardin

Member, Louisville

Chad joined the Louisville office of Stoll Keenon Ogden in 2017. He practices with the Business Litigation and Torts, Trial & Insurance Services groups. Named a Rising Star in 2017 by the Super Lawyers peer-rating service, Chad has made oral arguments before the Kentucky Court of Appeals and has counseled clients in both trial and appellate cases.

For every client and legal situation, Chad adopts a goal-oriented and problem-solving approach that’s complemented by a passion for delivering the best possible representation.

Prior to joining SKO, Chad spent three years in private practice with other firms, where he defended businesses, insurance companies and professionals in lawsuits involving fraud, personal injury, trademark infringement, insurance coverage, bad faith, defamation and shareholder disputes.

Business Litigation: Chad tries cases and guides business clients tactically through all stages of a conflict, from initial investigations to post-trial motions. He works with small companies as well as major corporations from a variety of industries.

Tort, Trial & Insurance Services: Chad’s experience leaves him well positioned to successfully represent policyholders and insurers alike across a wide range of matters. He routinely handles coverage disputes, defense of bad faith claims and other challenges relating to tender demands, reinsurance agreements, and alternative dispute resolutions.

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
2014, J.D., magna cum laude
University of Louisville
2011, B.S., magna cum laude
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky


  • Best Lawyers®, Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, 2021-present
  • Kentucky Rising Stars® Honoree, 2018-2023


  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association Leadership Academy
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel
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Work Highlights

Breach of Warranty Disputes

Hardwood Lumber v. Brewco Inc., No. 3:18-05088-CV-RK, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117835 (W.D. Mo. July 6, 2020).  In a breach of warranty action relating to a state-of-the-art sawmill designed to produce pallet lumber that culminated in a two-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southwestern District of Missouri, SKO successfully defended their defendant-client and prevailed on the defendant’s counterclaim.

Fiduciary Duty Disputes

Helm v. Ratterman, No. 2020-CA-1434-MR, 2022 LEXIS 92 (Ky. Ct. App. Feb. 18, 2022).  Successfully defended clients on appeal against spurious claims alleging they had breached their fiduciary duties and committed fraud.

Intellectual Property Disputes

Trilogy Healthcare v. Camelot Leasing, LLC, Civil Action No. 3:18-cv-00307-RGJ, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144653 (W.D. Ky. Mar. 22, 2019). In a trade name and trade dress infringement action in federal court, successfully established that his client’s unregistered trademarks were protected under the Lanham Act and, after a multi-witness injunction hearing, obtained a preliminary injunction against a competitor in the elder care industry requiring the Defendant to change its name, logo, and signage.

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