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SKO Elevates Nine Attorneys to Member Status

Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC is pleased to announce that nine attorneys were recently promoted to Members of the firm. They are Monica Braun, Joseph B. Colvin, Mary Garris, Chapman Hopkins, Elizabeth S. Muyskens, Nick Nicholson, Robert J. Packard, Sarah Sloan Reeves and Christopher E. Schaefer.

Monica Braun practices in Business Litigation, focusing on Intellectual Property Litigation, Business Torts and Class Actions, as well as the Utility and Energy Practice. She received both her bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the University of Kentucky. Braun belongs to the Fayette County and Kentucky Bar associations, and is a member of the Fayette County Women Lawyers’ Association. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Bluegrass Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. 

Joseph B. Colvin practices in the area of Trusts, Estates & Family Law, focusing on estate and gift planning, business succession for privately held companies, estate administration and trust administration. Before joining SKO, Colvin was a tax manager at Deloitte Tax LLP, advising individuals and businesses on income, tax, trust and partnership matters.  He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and earned his J.D. from Ohio State University. Colvin is a member of the Kentucky and Louisville Bar associations.

Mary Garris a member of the Business Services practice with a focus on Corporate Finance & Lending, Mergers & Acquisitions and Real Estate. She also is a member of the Business Litigation practice. Garris obtained both her bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the University of Louisville. She is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and a volunteer with the Home of the Innocents and Wayside Christian Mission.

Chapman Hopkins practices in the areas of Business Litigation, Banking Litigation and Equine Services. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University and received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky. Hopkins is active in several professional and community organizations including the Kentucky Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division), Central Kentucky chapter of the American Inns of Court, Bluegrass Conservancy and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. He also serves on the board of the Lexington Charity Club.

Elizabeth S. Muyskens practices in the area of Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits. While pursuing her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky, Muyskens worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky. She earned her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Muyskens is a member of the American, Kentucky and Fayette County Bar associations, a board member of Girls on the Run Central Kentucky, and a volunteer teacher for Junior Achievement.

Nick Nicholson practices in the area of Business Litigation focusing on Criminal Law, Equine Proceedings, Construction Law and Eminent Domain & Real Estate Litigation. He also practices in the area of Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring. Nicholson holds a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and obtained his J.D. from the University of Kentucky. Along with membership in the American, Kentucky and Fayette County Bar associations, Nicholson serves on the steering committee of KTA/KTOB Vision 2020 Committee, is chairman and co-founder of Cardinal Hill Junior Board, a board member of the High Hope Steeplechase Foundation and the Lexington School Alumni Board, and a member of the WEG Clean Zone Ordinance Committee.

Robert J. Packard practices in the area of Trusts, Estates & Family Law. Packard holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, and earned his J.D. from the University of Louisville and his LL.M in taxation from the University of Denver. Packard is fluent in Portuguese and conversant in Spanish. He is a member of the American, Kentucky, Colorado, Utah and Louisville Bar associations, and also is an Eagle Scout.

Sarah Sloan Reeves practices in Business Services law with a focus on Mergers & Acquisitions, Healthcare and Equine Services. She is also a member of the Antitrust, Trusts & Estates, Tax and Real Estate practices. Reeves earned both her bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the University of Kentucky, and obtained a master’s in teaching from City University. She is a member of the American, Kentucky and Fayette County Bar associations, as well as the Fayette County Women Lawyers’ Association.

Christopher E. Schaefer practices in Business Litigation, focusing on Business Torts, Antitrust, Trade Regulation & Franchise, Class Action, Securities Litigation, Trusts & Estates, Criminal Law, Construction Law and Healthcare. Before joining SKO, Schaefer served as a law clerk to the Honorable John G. Heyburn II, judge for the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Kentucky. He is a member of the American, Kentucky and Louisville Bar associations. Schaefer has served as an adjunct professor for the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, a lecturer for the Louisville Bar Association Summer Law Institute and an instructor for Junior Achievement’s JA in a Day program.