Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC is pleased to announce that James A. Philpott, Jr. is now Of Counsel with the firm’s equine law practice. Philpott has served the Thoroughbred industry in myriad capacities for more than 30 years. Prior to joining the firm, Philpott was a solo practitioner with an emphasis on the syndication of Thoroughbreds.
Most noteworthy, Philpott is one of the three members of the initial Board of Directors of Breeders’ Cup, and he has served on the Board of Directors and as an officer of the company since its formation in 1980.
A native of Lexington, Virginia, Philpott is a graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law. Philpott’s involvement with the Thoroughbred industry began in 1978 when he assisted the Kentucky Secretary of Agriculture in developing the original Code of Practice for contagious equine metritus (CEM), a venereal disease of horses.
He began his multinational joint venture practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, and moved to Kentucky in 1980 to become Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Gainesway Farm. He also served as Vice President and General Counsel of Live Foal Co. from 1986 to 1990. Philpott returned to full-time private practice in 1991. He has syndicated more than 190 stallions to stand at stud farms located in nine states and seven countries.
During his career, Philpott has been involved in numerous civic and legal organizations, previously serving on the board of directors of The Lexington School, Washington & Lee School of Law Alumni Council, and Lexington Philharmonic Society. Philpott will continue his equine and corporate practice in the firm’s Lexington office.