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Frank L. Wilford

Member, Lexington

Frank is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Lexington office and has been with the firm since 1985. He is a member of the Real Estate practice as well as the Business Services an Banking practices. His practice focuses on transactional real estate, real estate financing and bank branching and financing.

Frank has been rated as a Kentucky Super Lawyer and a Best Lawyer, and is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell® for his many legal accomplishments. He has extensive experience as lead counsel for banks and developers, including planning, financing and implementing planned unit developments. He has also acted as lead counsel to out-of-state lenders in connection with transactions which include Kentucky real estate.

Frank is a member of the Fayette County, Kentucky and American Bar associations, as well as the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is active within the community, having served for two years on the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House and leading the firm-sponsored builds with Habitat for Humanity and working at The Salvation Army. He sponsors a team for God's Pantry team, is on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for Whitaker Bank and is Secretary for the Whitaker Bank Corporation of Kentucky. Frank is single with two daughters and enjoys reading, running and weight training in his free time.

Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
1974, J.D.
University of Kentucky
1970, B.A.
Admissions
Fayette Circuit Court
Fayette District Court
Kentucky Court of Appeals
Kentucky Supreme Court
Pro Hac Vice: Real estate secured financing for acquisition, development and construction in Tennessee, Indiana, Texas and Florida
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Real Estate, 2014-2017
  • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year,” Lexington, Real Estate Law, 2017
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law
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Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Ronald McDonald House, former board member
  • Habitat for Humanity, volunteer
  • God's Pantry, volunteer
  • Salvation Army, volunteer
  • Whitaker Bank, Inc., board of directors, executive committee
  • Whitaker Bank Corporation of Kentucky, secretary
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Work Highlights

Bank Purchase of Outstanding Stock

Represented a bank in the purchase of all the outstanding stock of a trust company based in Danville, Kentucky.

Representation of Financial Institutions in Enforcement Actions

Representation of financial institution clients in negotiating with regulatory authorities about a proposed enforcement action, including formal cease and desist and consent orders and informal memoranda of understanding. Advising financial institutions regarding compliance with enforcement actions and regulatory compliance matters.
Related Practices: Banking
News Seminars
Bankers Network Conference, speaker, Ashville, North Carolina 2009