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Shannon Bishop Arvin

Member, Lexington

Shannon is an attorney with Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, where she is a member of the Business Services and Trusts & Estates practice groups, focusing on equine transactions involving racing and breeding stock, as well as structuring ownership of equine operations. She represents many prominent breeding farms in the Bluegrass, as well as Keeneland Association. Shannon uses her knowledge in Trusts & Estates to assist with transferring equine operations to future generations. She has been involved in the Thoroughbred industry through owning breeding and racing interests, and lives on her family’s Foxtale Farm.

A member of the Keeneland Club, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, the KTA/KTOB, and the American College of Equine Attorneys, Shannon also serves as secretary and director of Keeneland, president of the Thoroughbred Club of America, director of Thoroughbred Charities of America, director of University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation, secretary and director of Hospice of the Bluegrass, and Advisory Board member of the Salvation Army. Shannon received a bachelor’s degree in International studies  from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with high honors. Shannon earned her J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law , where she was an associate editor of the Kentucky Law Journal and a member of the Honor Council.

She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association and the Fayette County Bar Association.

Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
2002, J.D.
University of North Carolina
1997, B.A., High Honors
Admissions
Kentucky

Affiliations

  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Thoroughbred Club of America, president
  • The Salvation Army of Lexington, advisory board member
  • Hospice of the Bluegrass, secretary
  • Thoroughbred Charities of America, director
  • University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation, board member
  • The Lexington School, Alumni Council
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Work Highlights

Equine Tourism

SKO aided in the creation and formation of a non-profit Equine Tourism entity designed to garner tourism onto Central Kentucky horse farms and increase fan support and awareness in the sport of horse racing.

Related Practices: Real Estate, Equine Transactional

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.

Related Practices: Business Services

Trust Reformations- Delaware Directed Trusts

Represented a corporate trustee in amending multiple 1950s trusts to be directed trusts, transferring administration of the trusts to Delaware and obtaining a private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service to confirm the continuing applicability of the generation-skipping tax grandfathered exempt status of the trusts.

Related Practices: Tax

Acquisitions & Syndications

SKO represented clients in the acquisition of significant breeding interests in five Thoroughbreds which became ranked among the 10 leading sires of 2011 as well as three of the past six winners of the Kentucky Derby.  SKO continued to be active in the syndication of stallions rotating between hemispheres, including stallions rotating between Europe and Australasia, the United States and South America, and the United States and Australia, and the related tax issues involved.

Estate Planning & Administration

SKO administers the estates of notable horsewomen and horsemen and is actively involved in planning estates in the shifting economic climate.
News Seminars
"More of Equine Law’s Greatest Hits – A Survey of the Most Salient Case Law Opinions in Equine Law History," speaker, UK 29th Annual Conference on Equine Law Apr. 2014
"Business Ownership in the Equine Industry," speaker, TOBA New Owners’ Seminar Apr. 2013
"Sales Integrity," speaker, UK Annual Conference on Equine Law Apr. 2008
"Equine Sales Company Perspective: Practical Issues for the Attorney and Breeder," speaker, UK Equine Law Seminar 2004