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R. David Lester

Member, Lexington

David is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and has been with the firm since 1975. He serves clients primarily through the Business Services practice, where he focuses on corporate law, business acquisitions, Uniform Commercial Code matters and health care transactions.

Sought out by clients and the legal community for his substantial expertise in corporate law, David was part of the Kentucky Bar Association Joint Subcommittee on Limited Liability Company Legislation and the Kentucky Bar Association Committee that drafted Chapter 271B (business corporations). He is past chair of the Business Law Section of the Kentucky Bar Association, and has served as either chair or co-chair of the UK/CLE Biennial Business Association Law Institute since its inception.

For his many legal accomplishments over the course of his career, David has been honored with multiple recognitions, including a “Lawyer of the Year” distinction from Best Lawyers in America® for three separate years.

Business Services: David concentrates on mergers and acquisitions among Kentucky-based businesses. He also advises on a variety of other transactional matters for businesses in the private sector, as well as entities in the equine and health care industries.

Mergers & Acquisitions: Drawing on his significant experience in this specialty practice area, David negotiates agreements and offers advice on transaction structures to deal with regulatory, tax, contractual or other concerns.    

Health Care: David guides and assists physician groups, assisted-living facilities and other medical providers in operational, sale and restructuring procedures.

Securities & Corporate Governance: David is well versed in the complexities and compliance issues involved in finance transactions undertaken to facilitate the growth of businesses. In one case, he represented a publicly traded client in a transaction to support the development of a longwall mining operation with a total project investment ranging from $400-$525 million. 

Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
1975, J.D., High Distinction
Western Kentucky University
1970, B.S.
Admissions
Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
United States Supreme Court
United States Tax Court

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, 2009, 2011, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 1995-present
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2007-present
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Corporate/M&A, 2014-2016
  • Order of the Coif
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Affiliations

  • UK/CLE Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, co-chair
  • American Diabetes Association, Chair of Kentucky Community Board
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association, chair of the Business Law Section, 2002-2003
  • American Bar Association
  • American Diabetes Association, Kentucky Community: chair, Board of Directors
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Work Highlights

Reorganization, Refinancing and Acquisition of Major Healthcare Entity

Stoll Keenon Ogden represented a major healthcare services entity, its affiliated upstream and sister companies, its owners and its founding management team in comprehensive reorganization, refinancing and acquisition transactions totaling more than $300 million. The matters resulted in the...

Horse Farm Transactions

SKO has represented numerous domestic and international clients with the acquisition and disposition of premier horse farms and related properties throughout the United States.

Coal Investment & Financing Transaction

Represented a publicly-traded client in a transaction to support the development of a longwall mining operation with a total investment in the project in a range of $400 – $525 million. Transaction featured several components, including a preferred equity investment, the acquisition and...

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News Publications Seminars
Fiduciary Duties and Member Protections in Business Entity Law, 15th Biennal Business Associations Law Institute, Office of Continuing Legal Education, University of Kentucky College of Law, program planning co-chair and co-moderator, 2015
Fiduciary Duties in Kentucky Business Organizations, Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, 2014
14th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, Office of Continuing Education, University of Kentucky College of Law, program planning co-chair and co-moderator, 2013
Choice of Entity Issues for Real Estate Ownership, presenter, 12th Biennial Real Estate Law Practice and Institute, Office of Continuing Legal Education, University of Kentucky, 2012
Selected Merger and Acquisition Issues, co-presenter, 13th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, Office of Continuing Legal Education, University of Kentucky College of Law, program planning co-chair and moderator, 2011
Drafting M & A Agreements, panel participant, 12th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, Office of Continuing Legal Education, University of Kentucky, College of Law, program planning co-chair and moderator, 2009
Dispute Resolution and Fiduciary Duties Between Majority and Minority Business Owners, panel participant, 11th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, Office of Continuing Legal Education, University of Kentucky, College of Law, program planning co-chair and moderator, 2007
10th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, Office of Continuing Legal Education, University of Kentucky, College of Law, program planning co-chair and co-moderator, 2005
9th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, Office of Continuing Legal Education, University of Kentucky, College of Law, program planning co-chair and co-moderator, 2003
KBA Business Law Section 2003 Annual KBA Convention, program moderator2003
Important Legal Considerations When Representing Today's Business Clients, 2003
Ten Danger Zones for Business Transaction Lawyers, co-presenter, 8th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, Office of Continuing Legal Education, University of Kentucky, College of Law, program planning co-chair and co-moderator, 2001
Kentucky Bar Association 2000 Annual Convention, co-presenter, 2000
Securing Farm and Business Assets, 2000
Selected Statutory Issues in Business Acquisitions, speaker, 7th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, Office of Continuing Legal Education, University of Kentucky, College of Law, program planning co-chair and co-moderator of Saturday morning session, 1999
Kentucky Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Commission, speaker in Lexington, Kentucky, 1997
London District Bar Program: New Developments in Business and Commercial Law, 1997