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John H. Henderson

Member, Evansville

John is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Evansville office and has been with the firm since 1998. He serves as the chair of the firm’s Mineral & Environmental practice, which includes attorneys who are renowned for their success in handling transactions involving coal, gas and oil interests. John is also part of the firm’s Tax Law and Trusts & Estates practice  groups.

John is an Eagle Scout who demonstrates leadership and a commitment to service on a daily basis, both through his interactions with clients at SKO and his work with local community organizations.

Mineral & Environmental Law: Knowledgeable on all aspects of the mineral industry, including environmental regulations and financing, John has achieved wins for clients that range from securing acreage with millions of tons of coal to overseeing joint ventures among major oil and natural gas producers. He has served as lead deal counsel, performed due diligence and prepared documents for energy clients with projects in the region and nationwide.

Tax Law: John assists corporate and individual clients in understanding and navigating the intricacies of federal, state and local tax laws. He is an expert on taxation and title issues related to his mineral law practice and has led seminars on the subject at industry conferences.      

Trusts & Estates: For individuals, families and businesses, John provides a range of services that include estate planning, estate administration, and trust and estate litigation. Whether it’s the preparation and implementation of documents related to health care powers of attorney, or the establishment of more sophisticated family trusts, John distinguishes himself by the high level of service he routinely provides as one of the leading attorneys in the country.

New York University School of Law
2001, LL.M. (in taxation)
Vanderbilt University Law School
1995, J.D.
Carleton College
1992, B.A.
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
United States Tax Court
West Virginia


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2014-present


  • American Bar Association, 1995-present
  • Kentucky Bar Association, 1996-present
  • Kentucky Oil and Gas Association, 1998-present; Director, 2012-2021
  • Henderson County Bar Association, 1998-present, President 2007
  • Evansville Bar Association, 2013-present
  • Illinois Bar Association, 1999-present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, 2001-present
  • West Virginia Bar Assocation, 2013-present
  • Henderson County Family YMCA, Board of Directors, 2002-present, Executive Committee
  • The Bishop Dudley Memorial Fund, Inc., Board of Directors, Executive Committee, President 2017, 2021
  • Kentucky Oil and Gas Association, Board of Directors, Secretary, Executive Director
  • Henderson Police Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Henderson Regional Industrial Development Authority, Chairman
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Trustee, 2007-present
  • West Kentucky Coal Association, 1998-present
  • American Association of Professional Landmen, 2013-present
  • Tri-State Association of Professional Landmen, 2013-present
  • Young Men's Christian Association of Henderson, Kentucky Inc., Director, 2002-present
  • St. Anthony's Hospice, Director, 2009-2018
  • Henderson Water Utility, Commissioner, 2010-present
  • Kentucky Coal Association, Tax Committee, 2006-2020
  • Habitat for Humanity of Henderson, Kentucky, Inc., Director, 2004-2011
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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.

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.

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.

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News Publications Seminars
Fundamental Aspects of Oil and Gas Law, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Preparing for the Next Mini Boom in the Oil & Gas Industry, 2015
Overview of Coal, Mineral, Oil and Gas Rights Laws in Kentucky, Office of Continuing Legal Education, University of Kentucky College of Law, 13th Biennial Real Estate Law and Practice Institute, 2015
Title Issues in Acquiring Minerals in the Illinois Basin, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 35th Annual Institute,  2014
Unmined Coal Property Tax: Assessment and Collection, Kentucky Society of CPAs, Natural Resources Conference, 2012
Kentucky State Tax Issues,Kentucky Society of CPAs, Natural Resources Conference, 2011
Coal Leases: Termination Issues, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, 34th Mineral Law Conference, 2009
Oil and Gas vs. Coal - Nuts and Bolts, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, 33rd Mineral Law Conference, 2008
Minimizing Manufacturer Sales and Use Tax Liability, National Business Institute, 2007
Like-Kind Exchanges in Mineral Properties under IRC 1031, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 30th Mineral Law Conference, 2005
Oil and Gas Update - Kentucky, Eastern Mineral Law Foundation 23rd Annual Conference on Mineral Law, 1998