FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Gary Farmer
LEXINGTON (May 05, 2022)— Stoll Keenon Ogden Member William M. Lear Jr. (Bill) has received the Fayette County Bar Association’s Henry T. Duncan Award.
In 1960, the Henry T. Duncan award was created to honor a member of the association who had made an outstanding contribution to the community. This award is presented to an attorney whose integrity, leadership and professional conduct serves to exemplify the high ethical and professional standards that benefit the community.
Bill has been with Stoll Keenon Ogden since 1980 and serves as Chair Emeritus from his office in Lexington. He was the Managing Director for 22 years and Chairman of the Board for four years. His leadership and many achievements over the course of his decades-long tenure at SKO are at the foundation of the firm’s Legal Horsepower™.
A highly experienced trial attorney, Bill is a Member of the Business Litigation practice, with a focus on disputes and challenges relating to Equine, Eminent Domain & Real Estate, and Trust & Estate matters. He also assists clients through the Real Estate and Government Relations practice groups.
Bill has the distinction of being named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America®. Earlier in his career, from 1985-1994, he was a state representative in the Kentucky General Assembly and was recognized by the governor with the inaugural Economic Development Leadership Award.
Bill has long been active in the community and currently serves as a trustee of Keeneland Association and a board member of Commonwealth Seed Capital LLC. He is a past Chair of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce and has been inducted into the Kentucky Economic Development Hall of Fame, the University of Kentucky Law School Hall of Fame, and the Bluegrass Business Leaders Hall of Fame. In addition to his position with Keeneland, Bill serves the Thoroughbred industry as Vice-Chairman and member of the Board of Stewards of The Jockey Club.