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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.
Kentucky Supreme Court
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
"Duties and Responsibilities 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 Solutions" 2012
"Municipal Wholesale Rates" 2011
"Legal Issues and Board Oversight" 2011
"Identity Theft Prevention Program" 2009
"Service Territory Partnerships" 2009
"Building for the Future by Building a Board Governance Manual" 2008
"Organizational Alternatives for Providing Water & Wastewater Service in Kentucky" 2006