Ernie is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Louisville office and has been with the firm since 1975. He serves as chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions practice and is a member of the Business Services Securities & Corporate Governance practice. His practice focuses on business acquisitions and dispositions, business organizations, distribution agreements and supply agreements.
Ernie is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, is recognized by Chambers USA, and has been rated as a Best Lawyer and Kentucky Super Lawyer for his many legal accomplishments. He has represented buyers and sellers of businesses, including asset acquisitions, stock acquisitions, mergers and establishment of joint ventures. He has also lectured for the Louisville Bar Association and Lorman Education Services Seminars.
Ernie is a member of the Louisville and Kentucky Bar associations. To give back to the community, he serves on the board of directors for the Kentucky Opera and Childplace. Married with three sons, he enjoys playing golf in his free time.
When a small minority of the shareholders prevailed in derivative action, SKO was brought in to advise the majority owners. A merger transaction both ended the derivative action by depriving the minority of standing and provided a means of redeeming their shares so similar suits may not be brought in the future. The minority shareholders initiated a dissenter rights action, which was resolved on a valuation favorable to our client.
When a dissident group of shareholders threatened to alter the structure of the board and thereby take control of the corporation, SKO advised the incumbent board on how to structure an asset sale to a related company that preserved existing relationships.