Buck Hinkle's practice is concentrated exclusively on the construction industry and business litigation. He currently chairs the firm's Construction Service Group and is a member of the Sustainability & Emerging Technologies Practice Group and the Business Litigation Service Group.
His construction practice has involved services to contractors, design-builders, steel fabricators, construction managers, design professionals, owners, subcontractors, sureties, and vendors in matters ranging from construction claims to contract negotiations and drafting. His business and commercial litigation practice has involved a variety of transactions in the financial, equine, manufacturing and mineral industries.
In 2014, Buck was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Public Service from Morehead State University in recognition of his long period of extraordinary and sustained personal and professional support of MSU. Click here to view Buck's remarks about this honor.
What Clients Say
. . . one of the most knowledgeable construction attorneys . . . knows the law . . .
- Best Lawyers, 2012
. . . very sharp and business minded . . .
- Best Lawyers, 2011
. . . one of the very best attorneys in Kentucky . . . very responsive to his clients' needs and is their advocate in every respect.
- Best Lawyers, 2007
Recent Articles and Speaking Engagements
•P3 bill good option to advance Kentucky's public works needs,The Lane Report, March 27, 2014
•Kentucky Construction Law,Contributing Author, Stites & Harbison, PLLC, 2007 and 2014
•U.S. Supreme Court enforces forum selection clause in a construction contract, with Gregory P. Parsons, Stites & Harbison Client Alert, December 16, 2013
•What Arbitrators and Mediators Want,Construction Law Institute, University of Kentucky, March 1, 2013
•Kentucky Supreme Court rejects shareholder level discounts, with David E. Longenecker, Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Client Alert, March 6, 2012
•Tips for Getting Paid, with Angela R. Stephens, Builders Exchange of Kentucky Newsletter, co-author, March 6, 2012
•A Sobering Lesson: Don't Worry, Be Happy Not a Formula for Profitability, with Robert E. Scully, Jr., Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Client Alert, December 19, 2011
•Changing the Landscape: BIM, IPD and Green Building prove industry is vibrant in spite of downturn,Author, Kentucky Contractor Magazine, Spring/Summer 2009
•Green or Sustainable Construction in Kentucky,Moderator, Lorman Education Services, Louisville, Ky., October 30, 2008
•Dealing with the Cumulative Effects of Requests for Information, Change Order Requests and Change Directives,ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, October 25-26, 2007
•The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues,Lorman Education Services, June 28, 2007
•Arbitration in Construction Contracts,Lorman Education Services, April 23, 2007
•AIA Contracts,Lorman Education Services, September 12, 2006
•Discovery Deskbook for Construction Disputes,American Bar Association Publishing, June 2006
•Sanctions Relating to Discovery,ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education, April 27, 2006
•AIA Contracts in Kentucky,Lorman Education Services, March 22, 2006
•AGC Contract Documents Handbook,Aspen Publishers, 2003
•Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law,Contributing Author, Aspen Law & Business, 2000-present
•State-By-State Guide To Architect, Engineer and Contractor Licensing,Contributing Author, Aspen Publishers, 1998-present
•Fifty State Public Construction Contracting,Contributing Author, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1996
More Than Stites & Harbison
Mr. Hinkle's experience in construction began in the 1960s when working jobs for a family construction company started by his father. After law school, he began private law practice while continuing his association with the family construction business as an officer, director and general counsel. From this perspective, he gained experience in construction business management, risk management and project delivery. This experience has proven valuable in counseling clients in a wide variety of construction-related legal and business matters.
In 2000-01, Mr. Hinkle served as Chair of the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, one of the top positions affecting construction law policy nationally. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers since 1996. The Associated General Contractors of Kentucky honored Mr. Hinkle with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2009 Distinguished Service Award and named him the 2007 Legislative Advocate of the Year.
Mr. Hinkle's experience in alternative dispute resolution includes membership on the Panel of Construction and Commercial Arbitrators American Arbitration Association; he is currently a member of AAA's Panel of Construction Mediators. In 2002, he was selected to serve on the Construction Panel of Neutrals for the Center for Public Resources. He also serves as a neutral in self-administered arbitrations and mediations.
Mr. Hinkle serves on the Board of Directors of Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, Hinkle Holding Company, LLC, and the Kentucky Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. He chairs Kentucky AGC's Legislative Committee.
Mr. Hinkle also serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of the South and the Board of Directors of the Morehead State University Foundation.
Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law & Construction Litigation (2001-14)
Best Lawyers in America, Lexington Area Construction Litigation Lawyer of the Year (2013)
Best Lawyers in America, Lexington Area Construction Law Lawyer of the Year (2012)
Kentucky Super Lawyers (2007-14)
Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A: Construction (2010-14)
The Associated General Contractors of Kentucky, Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), Distinguished Service Award (2009), Legislative Advocate of the Year (2007 )
Chambers USA honors Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2014
American College of Construction Lawyers honor three Stites & Harbison attorneys
Super Lawyers honors Stites & Harbison's Kentucky attorneys for 2013-14
Eighty-nine Stites & Harbison attorneys honored by Best Lawyers in America for 2014
Best Lawyers names Stites & Harbison attorneys as 2012 Lawyers of the Year
Seventy-five Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in Best Lawyers in America
Thirty-five Stites & Harbison attorneys selected for inclusion on Kentucky Super Lawyers for 2001
Chambers USA honors 31 Stites & Harbison attorneys with inclusion in the 2011 guide
Stites & Harbison's Hinkle receives lifetime achievement award from Kentucky construction group
Chambers USA honors 32 Stites & Harbison attorneys with inclusion in the 2010 guide
Seventy-two Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in Best Lawyers in America
Construction Service Group, chair
Management Committee (four terms)