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History

Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC was born from two law firms, Stoll, Keenon & Park and Ogden, Newell & Welch, both with rich histories and significant contributions to Kentucky and the legal profession as a whole. The 2006 merger of these two highly respected firms was a remarkable convergence of philosophies, cultures, and practices that had developed along parallel tracks since their inceptions.

Our history begins in 1897 when a recent Yale University graduate named Richard C. Stoll opened a solo practice in Lexington. The following year, attorney Bernard Flexner opened his practice in Louisville. Over the next two decades, both men established themselves as leading practitioners, honing their legal skills and broadening their clienteles. Then, in 1921, Stoll embarked upon what would be a distinguished ten-year career as a Circuit Judge. In Louisville, Flexner’s practice had grown to the point that, in 1923, he was joined by a bright young Harvard Law School graduate, Squire Ogden.

By the early-1930s, Judge Stoll had retired from the bench and co-founded the firm of Stoll, Muir, Townsend & Park. Squire Ogden was quickly becoming one of Louisville’s most respected legal counselors as a partner in Gordon, Laurent, & Ogden.

During those early years, professional ties were forged with some of the clients Stoll Keenon Ogden is proud to represent today – companies like Brown-Forman Corporation, Keeneland Association, Kentucky American Water Company and Kentucky Utilities Company (now known as LG&E and KU Energy LLC). A mark of the staying power of our firm has been its continuing relationship with these and many other clients as we have grown side by side with them across the decades.

Both firms reorganized in 1948 – the Ogden firm became Ogden, Galphin, Street & Abell; the Stoll firm merged with another Lexington firm to become Stoll, Keenon & Park, the name it held until 2006.

Expansion continued for both firms for several decades, and eventually Ogden, Galphin, Street & Abell became Ogden, Newell & Welch. Business and mergers grew steadily, and on September 30, 2005, the merger of Stoll, Keenon & Park with Ogden, Newell & Welch was announced. This became one of the most successful and notable mergers in the region, and today, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC maintains a local, national and international reach with the experience of dedicated attorneys and a rich history to guide our clients to success.