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D. Randall Gibson

Member, Louisville

A Member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Louisville office since 2003, Randy brings a broad range of experience to the firm’s Trusts & Estates and Nonprofit Entity practice groups.

Over the course of his career, Randy has earned numerous peer recognitions and achieved countless professional milestones. His depth of legal knowledge is an invaluable asset in helping clients accomplish their current and long-term planning goals. He assists individuals, families and organizations of varying types with estate planning, estate administration, charitable giving, and structuring and operation of nonprofit entities.

Randy has represented clients in a multitude of complex cases before state and federal courts, including the U.S. Tax Court. One highly publicized example of his success as a litigator is the landmark U.S. Supreme Court class action case, St. Ledger v. Commonwealth of Kentucky, Revenue Cabinet, which resulted in refunds to Kentucky taxpayers of more than $180 million.

Outside of the firm, Randy is actively involved in several professional and civic groups. He is a member the Estate Planning Council of Metro Louisville. He is also founder and chair of the board of directors of Metro Christian Legal Aid and an allied member of Alliance Defending Freedom.

Trusts & Estates: Randy advises clients on a variety of personalized services, including family business succession planning, the preparation and filing of estate and inheritance tax returns, and review of various tax elections.

Trust & Estate Litigation: Randy has extensive experience in helping clients navigate challenges over the execution of wills, management and operation of trust properties, reformation suits, and a host of other matters. Recognizing the sensitivity of these disputes, he employs mediation or other means of resolution when appropriate.

Nonprofit Organizations: Randy has assisted numerous clients with the organization and operation of nonprofit entities and brings a wealth of experience to this area of the law.

Education
New York University
1979, LL.M. (in taxation)
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
1978, J.D., cum laude
Miami University of Ohio
1975, A.B.
Admissions
Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
United States Supreme Court
United States Tax Court

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2013 - present
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Trusts, Wills & Estate Law, 2012-2014
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer, Estate & Probate
  • Mr. Gibson's experience in complex tax litigation includes representation of numerous clients before the United States Tax Court and the Kentucky and Federal Courts.
  • He successfully litigated the highly publicized, landmark United States Supreme Court class action case of St. Ledger v. Commonwealth of Kentucky, Revenue Cabinet [granting certiorari, vacating judgment and remanding 912 S.W. 2d 24 (1995) on remand, 942 S.W. 2d 893 (Ky. 1997)], which established that the Kentucky intangible tax on stocks and deposits (a tax enacted in 1907) is discriminatory and unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution and resulted in refunds to Kentucky taxpayers of more than $180,000,000.
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Affiliations

  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Founder and Chairman, Board of Directors, Metro Christian Legal Aid
  • Allied Associate of Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Southern Baptist Seminary Foundation Advisory Board
  • University of Louisville Advancement Planned Giving Advisory Council
  • Metro United Way – Board of Directors- 2008-2014
  • Estate Planning Council of Louisville
  • Alliance Defense Fund
  • Bingham Fellows, Class of 2008
  • Metro Christian Legal Aid, board of directors and executive director
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Work Highlights

Family Business Succession Planning and Estate Planning with Special Trusts

Represented husband and wife in planning for their business and estates by restructuring the company into voting and nonvoting shares, allowing them to transfer value while maintaining control, and preparing and implementing a stock restriction agreement, a multi-generation family protection...

Family Estate Planning with Private Family Foundation and Charitable Lead Trust

Represented husband and wife in planning for their family and multi-million dollar estates by preparing and implementing multi-generational spousal limited access irrevocable trusts, traditional A/B trust planning, essential planning, a charitable lead annuity trust and a private family...

Family Business Succession Planning- Sale to Grantor Trusts- Charitable Planning

Represented multi-generation family in planning for their family and estates after the sale of the family business, including preparing and/or implementing Delaware Trusts, a charitable lead annuity trust, limited liability companies, sale to dynasty trusts and valuation discounts as well as...

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News Publications Seminars
    
     Strothman + Co. Estate Planning Seminar, 2013
 
     State Farm Insurance Estate Planning Seminar, 2012
State Farm Insurance Estate Planning Forum, Presenter, 2012
Business, Estate and Tax Planning and Entity and Trust Planning, 18th Annual Spring Keeneland Seminar,  Roundtable Discussion, Presenter, 2011
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Church Law, Presenter, 2008