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Elizabeth Friend Bird

Member, Evansville

Beth is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Evansville office and has been with the firm since 1998. She is a member of the Mineral & Environmental Law practice. She focuses her practice on employment relations, education law and general litigation.

In addition to advising clients on day to day employment issues, Beth has experience in assisting employers in defending allegations of age discrimination, racial discrimination, disability discrimination, sexual harassment, FMLA violations and retaliation. She has also defended clients against unemployment claims and workers' compensation claims. Beth maintains an active litigation practice and has practiced in both state and federal courts.

Beth is a member of Henderson County, Kentucky, Indiana and American Bar associations, as well as the Kentucky Council of School Attorneys and the National Council of School Attorneys. She is currently the Board Attorney for the Henderson County Board of Education, and is actively involved in several educational initiatives in her community, including serving as a Facilitator for the Northwest Kentucky Forward Education Advocates. She is a member of First Christian Church, and is married with three children.

Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
1996, J.D.
Transylvania University
1993, B.A., cum laude
Admissions
Indiana
Kentucky
Ohio
Pennsylvania
West Virginia
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky

Affiliations

  • Henderson County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Council of School Attorneys
  • National Council of School Attorneys
  • First Christian Church
  • Evansville Bar Association
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Meet Elizabeth

Looking Ahead

In the past few years, I’ve had to redefine my practice due to a change in the mineral industry. I am spending more time on litigation matters and in developing my school law practice

Work Highlights

Acquisition of Coal Reserves

Series of transactions to acquire more than 450 million tons of Illinois Basin coal reserves; SKO served as lead deal counsel, performed due diligence.

Related Practices: Mineral & Environmental Law

Midstream MLP Initial Public Offering

An IPO for midstream gathering services for production from the Marcellus Shale. SKO performed due diligence and prepared transaction documents.

Related Practices: Mineral & Environmental Law

Acquisition of Illinois Basin Oil and Natural Gas Properties

Acquisition of over one million gross oil and gas acres (primarily New Albany shale acreage in the Illinois Basin, but also including acreage in Northern Appalachia, the San Juan Basin, the Powder River Basin and the Rockies). SKO performed due diligence and prepared transaction documents.

Related Practices: Mineral & Environmental Law

Development Transaction for Coal Producer

Transaction to support the development of a longwall mining operation in Hamilton County, Illinois; initial investment at closing of $69.5 million, total investment in the project in a range of $400-525 million; SKO served as lead deal counsel, performed due diligence.

Acquisition of Coal Mine

Acquisition of Illinois Basin coal mine with 40 million tons of coal; SKO served as lead deal counsel, performed due diligence.

Acquisition of Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Properties

Acquisition of 1.46 million oil and gas acres in eastern United States (primarily Pennsylvania and West Virginia) with more than 9,000 producing wells. SKO performed due diligence and prepared transaction documents.

Related Practices: Mineral & Environmental Law

Marcellus Joint Venture for Oil and Natural Gas Producer

A joint venture for a major oil and natural gas producer’s Marcellus shale acreage; the producer to receive aggregate payments of $3.4 billion; SKO performed due diligence and prepared transaction documents.

Related Practices: Mineral & Environmental Law

Utica Joint Venture for Oil and Natural Gas Producer

A joint venture for a major oil and natural gas producer’s Utica shale acreage; the producer to receive aggregate payments of $594 million; SKO performed due diligence and prepared transaction documents.

Related Practices: Mineral & Environmental Law
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