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Damon R. Talley

Of Counsel, Hodgenville

Damon serves as Of Counsel and is a member of the Utility & Energy practice. He practices out of the Louisville, Lexington and Hodgenville, Kentucky offices. Damon brings to SKO more than 35 years of experience working in private practice focusing on public utility work.  He serves as General Counsel of the Kentucky Rural Water Association and has served in this capacity since 1979.

He is a frequent speaker at training sessions sponsored by the Kentucky Rural Water Association, Public Service Commission, Division of Water, Utility Management Institute, and other Utility Industry Groups.

Damon received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1975, and earned his B.S.M.E. in 1972 from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering.  He served as a board member of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority for 15 years (2000-2015), and was a charter member, a long-time board member and Board Chairman for two terms of the KY FFA Foundation, Inc.  He also serves as a board member for a variety of other non-profit organizations.

University of Kentucky College of Law
1975, J.D.
University of Kentucky College of Engineering
1972, B.S.M.E.
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
United States Supreme Court


  • Sullivan Medallion, presented to Outstanding Graduating Student, University of Kentucky
  • Moot Court Board, president, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • Outstanding Student, University of Kentucky College of Engineering
  • Omicron Delta Kappa, president, University of Kentucky
  • Kentucky Association of Future Farmers of America, president
  • Outstanding Citizen Award, LaRue County Chamber of Commerce, 1990
  • Outstanding Citizen Award, Cave City Chamber of Commerce, 1981
  • Outstanding Citizen Award, Horse Cave Chambers of Commerce, 1979
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  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, board member, 2000-2015
  • KY FFA Foundation, Inc, chairman, 1997-1998 and 1987-1988
  • The Lincoln Museum, Inc., chairman & charter member, 1988-1994
  • Hodgenville Rotary Club, president, 1986-1987
  • LaRue County Chamber of Commerce, president, 1985-1986
  • FFA Alumni Association, president, Kentucky chapter, 1985-1986
  • Cave City Chamber of Commerce, president, 1981
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News Seminars

     Recent Developments in Utility Law
, 2018 Kentucky Rural Association 
     Annual Conference and Exhibition

     Duties and Responsibilites of Utility Board Members, 2015
     How to Conduct Board Meetings
, 2014
Resolving Service Territory Disputes, 2013
      Ethics - Overseeing the Overseers, 2012

     Searching for Effective Legal Solution, 2012

     Municipal Wholesale Rates, 2011

     Legal Issues and Board Oversight, 2011

     Identity Theft Precention Program, 20019

     Service Territory Partnerships, 2009

     Building for the Future by Bruilding a Board Governance Manual, 2008

     Organizational Alternatives for Providing Water & Waterwaste Service in
     Kentucky, 2006