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Sarah Sloan Reeves

Member, Lexington

Sarah is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and has been with the firm since 2010. She is part of the Business Services practice group and works primarily with clients in the Equine, Health Care and Alcohol & Hospitality industries, though she assists clients of all types and sizes.

Whether she’s providing representation for racetrack executives or hotel management, Sarah gets to know the client’s business from an inside counsel’s perspective — and often serves clients in this capacity. She’s always looking at how she can solve the complicated and often intimidating issues that clients face.

Sarah’s wide-ranging expertise allows her to consult on the full breadth of transactional law. She answers tax questions as readily and effectively as she handles real estate concerns. She helps clients plan for their futures, and she anticipates changes in the law that can impact their operations, such as federal and local licensing regulations.

For her many legal achievements, Sarah has been recognized as a Rising Star by Kentucky Super Lawyers®.

In addition to her work with firm clients, Sarah is actively engaged in several local professional and community groups. She is a member of the Women Lawyers’ Association of the Fayette County Bar Association and serves on the board of Make a Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Business Services: For clients ranging from local small businesses to major corporations, Sarah has the experience and distinct skill set to confront the challenge at hand, whether it’s a contractual issue or strategy for avoiding litigation. Her comprehensive and collaborative approach to client service helps her guide clients to a favorable outcome.

Trust & Estates: Sarah helps clients like Kentucky Thoroughbred farms prepare for the succession and preservation of their businesses. She considers all operational areas of the business and the interests of all stakeholders when consulting on the myriad legal and tax aspects of the plan.

Equine Transactional: Building on an SKO tradition of providing legal services to the equine industry, Sarah develops contracts for the purchase and sale of horses and offers expert counsel on a range of other matters. She mostly offers support to entities in the Thoroughbred business, but also advises on breeds such as Standardbreds and quarter horses.

Health Care: In this complex area of law, Sarah keeps clients abreast of changes to help them maximize opportunities and reduce risk. She represents physician groups, assisted-living facilities and various other industry entities.

Alcohol & Hospitality: Sarah represents companies in the restaurant, hotel and tourism industries and helps them navigate a full spectrum of legal matters, from filing of trademarks and patents to compliance with food and beverage regulations. She also supports clients in the alcoholic beverage industry with licensing issues and provides representation at the federal (TTB), state and local levels.

Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
2009, J.D., cum laude
City University
2004, M.i.T.
University of Kentucky
2003, B.A., summa cum laude
Admissions
Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky

Recognition

  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, 2019
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Eugene E. Siler Jr., Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • Kentucky Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief
  • Order of the Coif
  • CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Federal Courts, 2009
  • Colvin P. Rouse Award
  • Donald A. Winslow Memorial Scholarship
  • Best Brief Award, Harlan Writing Club
  • Roy Moreland Scholarship
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Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • FCBA Women Lawyers' Association
  • Make-A-Wish®, Kentucky, Board Member
  • The American Health Lawyers Association, member
  • Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, board member, 2013-2015
  • Leadership Lexington, 2012-2013
  • Junior Achievement, Fayette County Public Schools, volunteer teacher, 2011
  • FCBA Women Lawyers' Association, committee chair, community service committee, 2011
  • The Kentucky Law Journal Association, Lexington, KY, president of the board of directors, 2010-2011
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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 closing of a senior secured term loan and  revolving credit facilities secured by owned senior care facilities in four states with a 9-member syndicate of commercial banks; the requisition of waivers, consents and estoppels from various property lessors on leased senior care facilities in four states; restructuring of upstream holding companies and combination of two upstream ownership groups and boards of managers; the creation of a management company; the introduction of healthcare facility management agreements; the migration of payroll and benefits for more than 7,000 employees; the related restructuring of multiple lease and debt financing and supplier relationships;  the creation and reorganization of multiple SPE organizations accompanied by extensive non-consolidation analysis and issuance of a substantive non-consolidation opinion to the lending syndicate; the exercise of purchase option and acquisition of multiple senior care facilities; the contribution of additional equity capital from the client’s majority owners; and the amendment and restructuring of multiple Master Lease and inter-creditor agreements.

Family Business Succession Planning- Sale to Grantor Trusts- Charitable Planning

Represented multi-generation family in planning for their family and estates after the sale of the family business, including preparing and/or implementing Delaware Trusts, a charitable lead annuity trust, limited liability companies, sale to dynasty trusts and valuation discounts as well as assisting in the administration of the estates of several family members after their unexpected deaths.

Estate Planning & Administration

SKO administers the estates of notable horsewomen and horsemen and is actively involved in planning estates in the shifting economic climate.

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News Publications Seminars
"Estate Planning for the Horse Owner" , National Conference on Equine Law, UK/CLE,, May 2016
"Understanding Charging Orders for Partnerships and LLCs" , ALI Video Presentation,, May 2015
"Protecting Assets: Charging Orders for Partnerships and LLCs" , ALI Webinar,, Nov. 2013
“Equine Sales & Use Taxation," KyCPA “Horsing Around” Seminar, Lexington, KY, Oct. 2012
Feb. 17, 2011, "Ethics Issues for In-House Counsel: Vignettes to Ponder, Pts. 1 & 2," presented with Thomas E. Rutledge, A.J. Singleton and Allison J. Donovan, 22d Annual Issues for Corporate House Counsel CLE Seminar
Aug. 24, 2010, "Creditors' Use of Charging Orders and Other Techniques," co-speaker, 13th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, UK/CLE
"A Clinic for Precise Writing," How-to-Guide for Publishing, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kentucky