Mark is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Louisville office and has been with the Firm since 2006. He is co-chair of the Construction Law practice group and he is Chair of the Trust & Estate Litigation practice group. He serves on the Firm’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee and currently serves as Chair of the Firm’s Business Development Committee.
Honored with multiple recognitions on a national and regional level, Mark has a strong track record of client successes. His work at the firm includes representation of clients faced with complex commercial disputes, class action litigation, construction disputes, and fiduciary/trustee disputes.
Mark counsels clients ranging from small local businesses to Fortune 500 companies, and he has substantial experience handling cases and trials before state and federal courts.
Business Litigation: For corporate clients, Mark provides representation in sophisticated cases that include fiduciary and commercial disputes, among other issues. He has litigated cases involving commercial goods valued in excess of fifty million dollars.
Trusts & Estate Litigation: Mark’s strengths as a litigator extend to disputes over family and trust assets. He once settled a case on behalf of beneficiaries to a holographic will for a $4.5 million estate after the court originally declined to admit the will to probate. Mark’s clients received over $1.5 million after originally not receiving anything from the probate court.
Construction Law: Mark supports business owners, developers and contractors in matters involving construction disputes and frequently counsels clients at the negotiation phase of projects.
Banking Litigation: Mark routinely provides representation for bank clients involved in lending-related disputes, such as breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.
In one of Louisville’s up and coming neighborhoods, a developer was left with a defective venue, resulting in SKO filing a lawsuit on behalf of the developer against several subcontractors and arbitration was initiated against the general contractor. Issues included improper design, failure to adhere to specifications and generally poor workmanship. After investigation and discovery, SKO successfully settled the matter on terms that resulted in the developer recovering nearly 20% of its purchase price back from the contractors.
After a construction remediation project left the homeowners with a terrible odor in their home, SKO filed a lawsuit on behalf of the homeowners against the general contractor and a subcontractor, among other defendants. SKO settled the lawsuit on extremely favorable terms to its client, recovering over $500,000 in their favor, which was actually greater than the appraised value of the home.
SKO successfully lead counsel in defense of a majority business owner against claims of breach of fiduciary duty and judicial dissolution. The company was not dissolved and SKO’s client received a favorable buyout before any discovery occurred.