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Charles R. Baesler Jr.

Member , Lexington KY


Charles R. Baesler Jr.

Member , Lexington KY

Charles is a Member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and has been with the firm since 1994. He serves as Chair of the Immigration practice and represents clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. consulates overseas, with the aim of obtaining employment authorization for engineers, scientists, professors, doctors, business managers, and equine workers.

A member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and past chair of the Mid-South Chapter, Charles has been called on to testify before legislative committees on proposed laws and statutes. He has also offered his expertise on numerous media programs.

Immigration: Charles represents companies based outside of the U.S. to obtain investor visa status to facilitate the transfer of personnel to U.S. markets and bring additional capital to these regions. He routinely advises employers on compliance with federal laws against hiring undocumented workers.


University of Kentucky College of Law, 1994, J.D.

The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky, 1990, M.A.

Centre College, 1988, B.A.




Admitted In

  • Kentucky

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

Professional & Community Activities

  • Kentucky Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Mayor’s International Affairs Advisory Commission, term appoint through 2023

  • World Trade Center of Kentucky, Board Member

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

  • Japan American Society of Kentucky, Member

  • Alzheimer’s Association of Central Kentucky, Sponsorships Committee Chair, 2019

  • National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA), Member


  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Immigration Law, 2014 – present

  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Immigration & Naturalization Law, 2016

  • Kentucky Law Journal, Associate Editor


    • Life Planning as Affected by Immigration Status, Hindu Temple of Kentucky, 2019
    • Immigration Update, speaker, KYSHRM Conference, 2016
    • Immigration Update: E-Verify and the Changing Face of Worksite Enforcement, Global Employment Seminar, Kentucky World Trade Center, 2009
    • Stoll Keenon Ogden’s 20th Annual Employment Law Seminar, 2008
    • Employment Law Update: I-9 Compliance and Developments in E-Verify, Louisville Society for Human Resources Management, 2008
    • Immigration: Not Just a National Issue, Legislative Research Commission, 2008
    • Moving People & Goods Between the U.S. and Mexico, MERITAS, 2008
    • AILA Mid-South Fall Chapter Conference, 2007
    • Immigration Issues Facing the Horse Industry: Do You Have a Match? American Horse Council’s Fall Issues Forum, 2007
    • ICEman Cometh: I-9 Compliance and Social Security Mismatches, Fayette County Bar Association, Equine Law Section, 2007
    • Immigration Issues in the Workplace, Louisville Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Louisville, KY, 2007
    • Homeland Security Meets the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know About Employing Foreign Nationals, the International Transfer of Personnel and I-9 Compliance, SHRM, 2007
    • Immigration Primer for Equine Lawyers, University of Kentucky National Equine Law Conference, 2005
    • I-9 Verification: Avoiding Discrimination While Recruiting Foreign Workers, KBA Labor & Employment Law Fall CLE, 2004
    • Tax Implications of Hiring Foreign Workers, Stoll, Keenon & Park, LLP Keeneland Seminar, 2003
    • Recent Change in Immigration Law and Regulation, Terrorism and the Response Thereto: A seminar sponsored by the Kentucky Legislature Research Commission, 2003
    • Verify Employment Eligibility While Avoiding Unfair Immigration Related Employment Practices, presented with Anya Przybylski Kleczek, Associate General Counsel for USCIS, and Robin M. Stutman, Special Litigation Counsel for U.S. Department of Justice, at Stoll, Keenon & Park
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