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Samuel D. Hinkle IV

Member, Louisville

Sam is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Louisville office and practices in Lexington as well. He is also a member of the firm’s board of directors.  He serves as chair of the firm's Litigation department and Business Litigation practice and is a member of the Banking Litigation, Environmental Litigation; Antitrust, Trade Regulation & Franchise; Class Action; Construction; Bankruptcy; Mineral & Environmental Law; Equine and Real Estate practices. He focuses on complex commercial litigation, contract and fraud claims, environmental law, equine law, bankruptcy litigation and land use disputes.

Sam is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, recognized by Chambers USA, honored as a Kentucky Super Lawyer and recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star" for his legal accomplishments. He was also honored by Louisville Magazine as a Top Lawyer. He has successfully defended clients against claims of lender liability and breach of fiduciary duty, actions alleging fraud and other violations of securities law.  His clients include major chemical companies, financial institutions, energy companies, equine interests, trade organizations and creditors involved in bankruptcy proceedings. He also has extensive experience in land use, planning, zoning and subdivision regulation matters. He is experienced with the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act in addition to state regulatory matters.

Sam is a member of the Louisville and American Bar associations. He currently serves on the Kentucky Board of Education and previously served on the Shelby County School Board as a member and Chair. Sam is a past participant of Leadership Shelby County and Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellows.  He is also a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

Yale University
1972, J.D.
Washington and Lee University
1969, B.A., summa cum laude
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, Bankruptcy; Energy & Natural Resources; Environmental; Equine; General Commercial, 2013-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2006 - present
  • Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year,” Louisville, Litigation-Environmental, 2017
  • Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year,” Louisville, Litigation-Antitrust, 2014
  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year," Louisville, Litigation-Land Use & Zoning, 2013
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Environmental Law, 2013; Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2012-2014 and 2016
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer, Business Litigation
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Litigation: General Commercial, 2014-2017
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  • American Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky Board of Education, member
  • Shelby Co., Ky. School Board, past member and Chair
  • Leadership Shelby County
  • Bingham Fellow, Leadership Louisville Foundation
  • Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
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Work Highlights

Complex Litigation of Superfund Cleanup Site

Louisville Industrial Park, LLC v. ExxonMobil Oil Corporation, et al., Case No. 3:14-CV-278-CRS (W.D. Ky., 2017). See also, FCBKy Holding, LLC v. Louisville Industrial Park, LLC, et al., Case No. 13-CI-402829 (Jefferson Circuit Court, 2013).

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Contaminated Collateral

Successfully represented local lender regarding a defaulted loan secured by collateral that was contaminated and subsequently un-archived as a Superfund site.

Rights of Nonprofit Members to Inspect Corporate Records

SKO represented certain members of a Kentucky nonprofit equine corporation in litigation against the nonprofit. When “significant deficiencies” were identified in the nonprofit’s $2 million annual budget, the organization refused to produce accounting records to the members who requested...

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News Publications Seminars
"Antitrust: Cloning Issues in the Equine World: Life After the AQHA Decision for Breed Registries," 29th Annual National Conference on Equine Law, University of Kentucky College of Law2014
"Legal Issues for New Owners," Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, presenter2009