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Nick Wallingford

Counsel to the Firm, Lexington

Nick is Counsel to the Firm in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and joined SKO in 2019, following a successful career in private practice. He focuses primarily on Business Litigation, but also contributes to several other practice groups at the firm.

A determined problem solver with a keen understanding of business and employment law, Nick has represented clients ranging from large corporations and commercial construction companies to health care providers and cooperatives. He has significant experience in handling complex and high-profile litigation, including a qui tam case featured on “60 Minutes.”

As a litigator, Nick is well versed in all aspects of trial court proceedings. He has argued before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He has appeared before various state and federal administrative agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Labor, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Beyond his work in the courtroom, Nick provides counsel on a broad range of legal matters for businesses, and drafts documents related to trial cases and various transactions. He has particular expertise in employment and antitrust concerns.

Business Litigation: Nick has represented construction companies in disputes arising from defects, breaches, and lien and contract enforcement. He has first chair jury trial experience in construction defect litigation.

Business Services: For companies of varying size, Nick has negotiated and documented transactions for real estate deals, business transfers, employment issues, trademark protection and other general legal matters. He has assisted both for-profit and nonprofit entities with the formation and structure of their organizations.

Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits: Nick helps employers throughout Kentucky and the Midwest solve their labor-related problems through proactive counseling, employee training and litigation, including alternative dispute resolution.

Trusts & Estates: Applying principles of thoughtful consideration, innovation and value, Nick provides estate, tax and business planning, estate administration and estate litigation services for individuals and families.

Health Care: Nick offers counsel to health care businesses and professionals on a spectrum of needs, including False Claims Act and qui tam representation. He also advises on compliance with ever-changing regulatory guidelines.

University of Kentucky College of Law
2005, J.D.
Sewanee The University of the South
2001, B.A.
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit


  • YMCA of Central Kentucky, High Street, Board Member
  • North Limestone Community Development Corporation, Committee Member

Work Highlights

U.S. ex. rel. Griffith v. Conn et al

U.S. ex. rel. Griffith v. Conn et al., qui tam litigation arising from social security fraud resulting in $30 million dollar judgment.

U.S. ex. rel. Robinson-Hill v. Nurses Registry et al

U.S. ex. rel. Robinson-Hill v. Nurses Registry et al., qui tam litigation against home health care provider resulting in $16 million judgment.

Estate of Fate Herd v. Scotty Contracting

Estate of Fate Herd v. Scotty Contracting; Simpson County, Kentucky, represented plaintiff in wrongful death action involving tractor trail accident in interstate construction zone, $2.4 million jury verdict.