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Walter R. Byrne, Jr.

Member, Lexington

Walt joined the firm in 2016, continuing his accomplished career serving banks and bank holding companies. Walt is a member of the Banking, Corporate Services and Mergers & Acquisitions practices, focusing on financial institutions law and regulation, corporate law, securities law, and chartering of financial institutions.

Walt is recognized among The Best Lawyers in America®, Banking & Finance Law and Financial Services Regulation Law and Kentucky Super Lawyers®. He is AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rates by Martindale-Hubbell®.

Before joining SKO, Walt was a member of another large Kentucky-based law firm. Previously, he was a commercial banker with First National Bank of Louisville. He also served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Walt’s community involvement currently includes serving as a director of Peoples Exchange Bank of Beattyville and The Lexington Club, as well as the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association.

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
1980, J.D.
University of Kentucky
1974, M.B.A.
University of Kentucky
1969, B.A.


  • AV® PreeminentTM Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2007 - present
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2012 - 2016


  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Banking Law Committee
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Lexington Club
  • Director, Peoples Exchange Bank of Beattyville
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News Seminars
July 15, 2016 “Bank M&A in Kentucky,” Kentucky Society of CPAs, 2014 “Legal Update,” Crowe Horwath LLP 2014 Annual Financial Institutions Conference
Sept. 29, 2016 Financial Institutions Seminar Panel Discussion, Kentucky Society of CPAs