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Sarah K. Mills

Counsel to the Firm, Lexington

Sarah is Counsel to the Firm in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Lexington office and has been with the firm since 2003. She is a member of the Business Services practice with a focus on Banking, Securities, Real Estate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Healthcare and Privacy & Information Security Law. Her practice concentrates on corporate law, banking law, business law, finance law, real estate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities law and healthcare law.

Prior to joining the firm, she served as in-house counsel to a health and life insurance company and worked for private law firms focusing in securities law compliance and banking and finance law. She has experience representing individuals, corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships in corporate governance matters, business startups, loan transactions, real estate acquisitions and financing, mergers and business combinations, securities compliance, banking compliance and healthcare compliance.

Sarah is admitted to practice in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. She previously served as interim president of the United Way of the Bluegrass and currently serves as legal counsel. Sarah is married with two sons. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, walking her dog, attending and volunteering for her younger son's marching band performances.

University of Virginia School of Law
1989, J.D.
Dartmouth College
1984, B.A.
West Virginia


  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Assocation
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bankers Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • United Way of Kentucky, director, 2010-2015
  • Dartmouth College Alumni Admissions, interviewer of college applicants from Central Kentucky, 2004-present
  • Junior Achievement Classroom Instructor
  • GleanKY, chair of Corporate Governance Committee; January 2016 - present
  • Visually Impaired Preschool Services Advisory Board Member, October 2016 - present
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Work Highlights

Venture Capital – Technology and Life Science

Currently represent a fund making seed round and early stage investments in companies dedicated to science and technology innovation. The corporation focuses on developing and managing creative initiatives in education, economic competitiveness and scientific research.

Sale of Racecourse Interest

Represented a racetrack association in the sale of a portion of its ownership interest.  We handled all aspects of the transaction for our client and obtained approval by the the governing horse racing commission for the sale. 

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 leaseback of reserves and surface rights, a coal handling and services agreement and an equipment financing facility.

Public Tender Offer

Representation of public issuer in a “Dutch Auction” self-tender offer for approximately $17 million in a NASDAQ listed common stock.

Private Notes Offering

Counsel to a public utility issuer in issuance of $58,000,000 in senior, unsecured notes as part of $75,000,000 private shelf facility. Redemption of existing debentures with proceeds from offering.

Representation of Financial Institution in Acquisition of Non-Bank Businesses

Representation of financial institution in acquisition of insurance agency and employment of agents.

Related Practices: Business Services, Banking

Financial Institution Acquisitions

Represented financial institutions in both sale transactions and acquisitions of other financial institutions.

Formation of Bank Holding Company and Simultaneous Acquisition of Bank

Represented a group of private investors before the Federal Reserve Board to form a bank holding company to acquire a community bank. Negotiation and consummation of an agreement for the new holding company to acquire the community bank.

Venture Capital Investments

Represented a fund that makes convertible debt or preferred equity investments in numerous early-stage Kentucky business entities to facilitate the commercialization of innovative ideas and technologies.