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Mark T. Hurst

Member, Louisville

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 has also served on the firm’s Board of Directors and currently serves on the Firm's Strategic Opportunities 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.

University of Kentucky College of Law
2001, J.D.
University of Kentucky
1998, B.B.A., magna cum laude
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
United States Supreme Court
Kentucky Court of Appeals


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Benchmark Litigation,  Top Litigator Under 40, 2016-2017 
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2014-present
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®,  2013-present
  • Top Lawyer in Louisville, 2013-present
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Personal Injury Law-Plaintiff and Professional Malpractice Law (non-medical) - Defense, 2012
  • Business First's Forty Under 40, 2010
  • Moot Court Board, Member, University of Kentucky, 1999-2001
  • Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law, Member University of Kentucky, 1999-2001
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  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court, Brandeis Chapter, barrister member, 2007-2010
  • Zoom Group, former Board of Directors
  • Actors Theatre, former Board of Directors
  • Habitat for Humanity's Buildable House Program, firm representative
  • Legal Aid's "Ask a Lawyer" Program, volunteer
  • Leadership Louisville, Class of 2011
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Work Highlights

Construction Claim by Developer

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.

Construction Claim by Homeowner

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.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Defense

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.

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News Seminars
The Probate Process from Start to Finish, National Business Institute, CLE, Presenter, 2021
Kentucky Employment Law Update Seminar, Speaker, 2007
SKO Hemp Seminar, Oct. 29, 2019