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George D. Smith

Member, Lexington

George is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Lexington office and has been with the firm since 1999. He is a member of the Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring, Equine Transactional and Real Estate practices. He is a veteran having served in the United States Army Reserve from 1971 to 1977 receiving a discharge at the rank of Staff Sargeant.

George is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell® for his many legal accomplishments. Prior to joining the firm, in addition to having a commercial litigation practice, he was a special fund attorney for the Kentucky Department of Labor and a Hearing Officer for the Kentucky Workers' Compensation Board.

In his practice, George represents a number of community banks for which he does transactional work as well as workouts.  He frequently represents both secured and unsecured creditors in the United States Bankruptcy Court in both Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 proceedings.  George has also represented the major secured creditor in a Chapter 9 proceeding, the first substantive filing in Kentucky. In addition, he represents numerous clients in the equine industry, including thoroughbred and standardbred auction companies, stallion farms and boarding farms.  He has spoken at seminars on the issue of equine liens and their priorities and is frequently consulted by colleagues and clients regarding statutory leins in both equine and real estate matters. George is an avid runner and has completed two marathons and numerous half marathons, 10-milers and 10K's.

University of Kentucky College of Law
1975, J.D.
University of Kentucky
1971, B.A.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2019


  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Equine Law Section, Secretary, 2017-present
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • CURE KY Kids, board of directors
  • First United Methodist Church, member
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Meet George

Work Highlights

Commercial Foreclosure

Represented major regional banks and community banks in foreclosures of office buildings, shopping centers, golf courses, subdivision property, multi-family residential properties, warehouses, manufacturing facilities and others. He served as local council for the Special Servicer for the Trust...

News Seminars
National Equine Law Conference, 2011
Fayette County Bar Association Equine & Business, 2010
Kentucky Mortgage Lending Issues and Kentucky Legislative Update, 2008
Kentucky Mortgage Lending Issues, 2007
Kentucky Mortgage Lending Issues, 2007