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Timothy R. Wiseman

Member , Lexington KY

859.231.3073

Timothy R. Wiseman

Member , Lexington KY

Tim is a Member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and has been with the firm since 2016, after working for four years in private practice. He is part of the Business Litigation, Business Torts, Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring, and Tort, Trial & Insurance Services groups.

Tim has wide-ranging experience in commercial litigation as well as corporate restructurings and bankruptcies, all of which have involved overseeing diverse and often complex matters. Litigation has required handling cases from discovery through appeals, in a variety of contexts from construction to product liability. Tim’s practice includes informal liquidations, commercial foreclosures, conduit loan issues, lender liability matters, loan participation disputes, and other credit facility disputes and commercial litigation in Kentucky and around the United States. Tim assists creditors and debtors in industries including energy, healthcare, construction, manufacturing, automotive, retail, mining, entertainment, restaurant, equine and others. Based on strong record of client success, Tim has been honored with regional recognitions in both bankruptcy and commercial litigation.

Before joining SKO, Tim focused primarily on civil litigation and honed his skills in complex federal cases, bankruptcy and product liability. Tim’s background includes a clerkship to the Honorable Karen K. Caldwell, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. He also served as a judicial intern to the Honorable John A. Gibney Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Business Litigation: Tim’s experience as a litigator spans a wide range of matters for clients in a variety of industries. He has particular expertise in cases involving premises liability, environmental permitting, eminent domain, class actions, and actions under the Federal Employers Liability Act.

Business Torts: At all stages of litigation, Tim represents clients in defending and prosecuting torts such as breach of contract claims, lender liability, and shareholder disputes.

Construction Law: Tim supports business owners, developers, and contractors in matters involving construction disputes in state and federal courts, and he provides advice to clients before matters escalate into litigation.

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring: Tim provides consultative services that help lenders avoid litigation. He also represents lenders with respect to loans and asset-based credit, and he assists business debtors in insolvency situations.

Tort, Trial & Insurance Services: Along with handling torts, Tim routinely advises clients on coverage disputes, defense of bad faith, and other legal concerns relating to surety, bonding, and life and health insurance claims

Education

University of Richmond School of Law, 2012, J.D., magna cum laude

University of Kentucky, 2008, M.A.

University of Kentucky, 2006, B.A., summa cum laude

Experience

Admitted In

  • Kentucky

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Kentucky

Professional & Community Activities

  • Kentucky Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Joint Local Rules Committee for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, Member

  • Fayette County Bar Association: Board of Directors; Young Lawyers Section, past president

  • Fayette County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors

  • Central Kentucky American Inn of Court, Associate

  • Arbor Youth Services, Board of Directors

Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2022 – present

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2024

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America, Corporate Law, 2021 – present

  • Kentucky Rising Stars® Honoree, 2019 – 2022

  • Phi Beta Kappa

  • Annual Survey Editor, Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business

  • Moot Court Board

  • CALI Award in Torts

Work Highlights

  • Representative Bankruptcy Engagements

    • In re Penta State LLC et al (dba Diax Labs) (2022)-Represents principal secured creditor and plaintiff in related fraud litigation (Texas)
    • OGGUSA, Inc., et al v. Southern Tier Hemp, LLC (In re GenCanna) (2020)-Represents multiple defendants in business tort and contract action (Kentucky)
    • In re BJ Services, LLC, et al. (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2020)— Represented trade creditor and member of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of hydraulic fracturing and cementing providers
    • In re Americore Holdings, LLC (2020)—Represented principal secured creditor in multi-hospital Chapter 11 (Kentucky)
    • In re Fusion Connect (2019)—Represents a telecommunications provider in contract assumption negotiations (New York)
    • In re Blackjewel, LLC, et al (Bankr. S.D. W.Va. 2019)—Represented several landowners as well as service providers in negotiations with debtors
    • In re Innovative Mattress Solutions, LLC (2019)—Represented DIP lender and 363 sale buyer, Tempur Sealy International (Lexington, Kentucky)
    • In re Rosenbaum Feeder Cattle, LLC (2017-18)—Represents Chapter 11 Debtors, with plan confirmed (Virginia)
  • Total Recovery for Horse Auction Sales Company

    During an auction for standardbred yearlings, a trainer purchased and took possession of three horses—but only paid for two. The auction sales company contacted SKO when the trainer refused to pay. SKO obtained a summary judgment ruling from the trial court and an award of $204,300, plus interest and attorney’s fees, for the auction sales company. On appeal, the judgment was affirmed. See Sam Stathis & Celebrity Farms v. Lexington Selected Yearling Sales Co., Ky. Ct. App. (2020).

  • Success in Construction Litigation

    After the construction of a development in Bowling Green, Ky., developers faced claims related to municipal tax incentives used in the construction and development of the project. These included racketeering and conspiracy claims. After reviewing the complaint, Tim and his colleagues saw an opportunity to end the litigation and moved to dismiss all claims against the developers. The U.S. District Court agreed and dismissed all claims, with prejudice.

  • Construction Claim by Developer

    SKO successfully resolved a construction defect case involving a multi-use development in Kentucky. After defeating multiple dispositive motions from the engineer and architect defendants, SKO successfully settled the matter on behalf of the developer.

Seminars

    • If You’re Not at the Table, You’re on the Table: Insolvency and Workout Update for Bank Counsel (October 2021), University of Kentucky’s 41st Annual Conference on Legal Issues for Financial Institutions
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