A.J. is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and has been with the firm since 2000. He is part of the Business Litigation practice, concentrating on Business Torts and Trust & Estates. He served as the firm’s Deputy General Counsel from 2007 to 2018, when he became the firm’s General Counsel.
Among the many highlights of A.J.’s litigation experience is his work on behalf of a bank trustee client under the Kentucky Uniform Trust Code’s fee-shifting provision.
In addition to his representation of financial institutions, A.J. handles dispute resolution for individuals and corporate clients throughout Kentucky.
A.J.’s successes as a litigator are complemented by his substantial expertise in legal ethics and professional responsibility. He advises law firms and individual lawyers facing the breakup of their firms or lawyer departures and he provides counsel to attorneys and law firms being sued by their former law partners.
A.J. is a frequent lecturer on law industry issues, including conflicts of interest, client confidentiality, attorney-client privilege, law firm advertising and risk management, and law firm departures.
Whether consulting with clients or speaking to attorneys, A.J. employs a combination of diplomacy and strategic thinking—skills that stem from his lifelong passion for history, especially military history. He draws on these strengths to provide clients with well-rounded advice that addresses their immediate concerns and helps them plan for the future.
Business Litigation: A.J. represents individuals and companies in shareholder derivative actions and a range of other matters with significant procedural intricacies. He also provides counsel to fiduciaries in trust and estate lawsuits.
Who is the Client? Ethics Issues in Structuring Start-ups and Representing Early-Stage Companies, ABA Business Law
Section Annual Meeting, Presenter, 2021
Hooray for Hollywood, Horses, and Lawyers! – The Sequel – How Ethical Are Lawyers, 35th Annual National Conference on
Equine Law, The University of Kentucky College of Law, Presenter, 2021
Legal Ethics, "SKO U" CLE Legal Ethics for In-House Counsel, Presenter, 2021
New Ethical Developments in the Practice of Transactional Law: Diversity and the Duty to Inquire, Program Chair, LLC
Institute, American Bar Association, 2020
Ethics in Leadership: Setting the Tone from the Top to Instill a Culture of Service and Professionalism, Presenter, Section of
Business Law, American Bar Association, 2020
Ethical Issues with Respect to Law Firm Ownership and Ancillary Practice, Program Chair,
Section of Business Law, American Bar Association, 2019
Legal Ethics and Technology: Technology May Change, But Your Obligations Under the
Rules of Professional Conduct Remain the Same, National Bar Association, John Rowe
Chapter, Panelists, 2019