Samuel D. Hinkle, IV

Samuel D. Hinkle, IV: Attorney with Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC AV stamp icon
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Biography

Sam is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Louisville office and practices in Lexington as well. He is also a member of the firm’s board of directors. He serves as chair of the firm's Litigation department and Business Litigation practice and is a member of the Banking Litigation, Environmental Litigation; Antitrust, Trade Regulation & Franchise; Class Action; Construction; Bankruptcy; Mineral & Environmental Law; Equine and Real Estate practices. He focuses on complex commercial litigation, contract and fraud claims, environmental law, equine law, bankruptcy litigation and land use disputes.

Sam is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell , is listed in The Best Lawyers in America , recognized by Chambers USA, honored as a Kentucky Super Lawyer and recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star for his legal accomplishments. He was also honored by Louisville Magazine as a Top Lawyer. He has successfully defended clients against claims of lender liability and breach of fiduciary duty, actions alleging fraud and other violations of securities law. His clients include major chemical companies, financial institutions, energy companies, equine interests, trade organizations and creditors involved in bankruptcy proceedings. He also has extensive experience in land use, planning, zoning and subdivision regulation matters. He is experienced with the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act in addition to state regulatory matters.

Sam is a member of the Louisville and American Bar associations. He currently serves on the Kentucky Board of Education and previously served on the Shelby County School Board as a member and Chair. Sam is a past participant of Leadership Shelby County and Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellows. He is also a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

Recognition

•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, Bankruptcy; Energy & Natural Resources; Environmental; Equine; General Commercial, 2013-2017
•Best Lawyers in America , Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
•Best Lawyers in America , 2006-present
•Kentucky Super Lawyers , 2007-present
Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Environmental Law, 2013; Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2012-2014 and 2016
Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Litigation: General Commercial, 2014-2017

Work Highlights

Complex Litigation of Superfund Cleanup Site

Louisville Industrial Park, LLC v. ExxonMobil Oil Corporation, et al., Case No. 3:14-CV-278-CRS (W.D. Ky., 2017). See also, FCBKy Holding, LLC v. Louisville Industrial Park, LLC, et al., Case No. 13-CI-402829 (Jefferson Circuit Court, 2013).

Originally presented...

Related Practices: Banking Litigation , Environmental Litigation , Eminent Domain & Real Estate Litigation , Business Litigation

Contaminated Collateral

Successfully represented local lender regarding a defaulted loan secured by collateral that was contaminated and subsequently un-archived as a Superfund site.

Related Practices: Banking , Banking Litigation , Environmental Litigation , Business Litigation

Rights of Nonprofit Members to Inspect Corporate Records

SKO represented certain members of a Kentucky nonprofit equine corporation in litigation against the nonprofit. When “significant deficiencies” were identified in the nonprofit’s $2 million annual budget, the organization refused to produce accounting records to the members who requested...

Related Practices: Equine Litigation , Business Litigation , Appellate , Business Torts

News

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 52 Stoll Keenon Ogden Attorneys, Dec. 11, 2018

SKO Attorneys Recognized Among 2019 Best Lawyers in America, Aug. 15, 2018

SKO Named Litigation Firm of the Year for the Seventh Time, Feb. 16, 2018

SKO Attorneys Recognized Among Best Lawyers in America, Aug. 16, 2017

Five SKO Attorneys Recognized Among Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyers, Nov. 18, 2016

Seven SKO Attorneys Named 2017 Local Litigation Stars, Nov. 14, 2016

Best Lawyers in America Chooses 61 SKO Attorneys for 2017 Publication, Aug. 30, 2016

Twelve SKO Attorneys Named 2017 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers , Aug. 29, 2016

30 SKO Attorneys Named “Top Lawyer” by Louisville Magazine, Mar. 2, 2016

Chambers USA Recognizes 24 SKO Attorneys, Feb. 22, 2016

Lea Pauley Goff and Richard G. Griffith named among Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyers, Nov. 30, 2015

SKO Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Benchmark Litigation Stars, Oct. 1, 2015

SKO Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers , Aug. 17, 2015

SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2016, Aug. 17, 2015

28 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2015, Apr. 1, 2015

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 57 Stoll Keenon Ogden Attorneys, Nov. 24, 2014

SKO Recognized by Benchmark Litigation for Outstanding Service, Sep. 17, 2014

SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2015, Aug. 18, 2014

33 SKO Attorneys Named “Top Lawyer” by Louisville Magazine, Mar. 25, 2014

25 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2014, Mar. 12, 2014

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 42 Stoll Keenon Ogden Attorneys, Nov. 26, 2013

SKO Recognized by Benchmark Litigation for Outstanding Service, Oct. 28, 2013

SKO Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, Sep. 24, 2013

SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2014, Aug. 19, 2013

22 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2013, June 5, 2013

34 SKO Attorneys Names “Top Lawyer” by Louisville Magazine, Mar. 5, 2013

22 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2013, Feb. 10, 2013

SKO attorney, Sam Hinkle, joins Prichard Committee, Dec. 17, 2012

SKO Recognized by Benchmark for Litigation and Appellate Services, Oct. 2, 2012

SKO Attorneys Named “Lawyer Of The Year” by Best Lawyers, Sep. 19, 2012

61 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2013, Sep. 7, 2012

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 31 Stoll Keenon Ogden Attorneys, July 20, 2012

22 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2012, June 7, 2012

SKO Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2012, Feb. 28, 2012

SKO Attorneys Named “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers, Oct. 12, 2011

SKO Recognized by Benchmark: Litigation as a Leading Litigation Firm in KY, Oct. 10, 2011

53 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2012, Sep. 6, 2011

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 25 SKO Attorneys, July 25, 2011

SKO Litigation Practice Receives Tier 1 Ranking by Chambers USA 2011, June 20, 2011

SKO Attorneys Ranked in Chambers USA 2011, June 10, 2011

SKO Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2011, Mar. 16, 2011

SKO Named Kentucky Antitrust Firm of the Year, Jan. 31, 2011

Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC Recognized by Benchmark Litigation, Oct. 17, 2010

SKO Receives 27 Top-Tier Rankings in the U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Rankings, Sep. 15, 2010

53 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2011, Aug. 6, 2010

26 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Kentucky Super Lawyers, July 28, 2010

SKO Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA, June 14, 2010

SKO Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2010, Apr. 15, 2010

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 27 SKO Attorneys, Aug. 15, 2009

49 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Aug. 6, 2009

SKO Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2009, June 15, 2009

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 26 SKO Attorneys, July 29, 2008

Lawyers Honored by Chambers USA, June 19, 2008

39 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Sep. 19, 2007

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 24 SKO Attorneys, June 19, 2007

Louisville Magazine Recognizes SKO Attorneys as Best Lawyers in America, Mar. 15, 2006

Publications

Towards the Heart of the Sport: A Sporting Perspective on Abraham & Veneklasen Joint Venture v. American Quarter Horse Association, Feb. 12, 2015

Seminars

Antitrust: Cloning Issues in the Equine World: Life After the AQHA Decision for Breed Registries, 29th Annual National Conference on Equine Law, University of Kentucky College of Law 2014

Legal Issues for New Owners, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, presenter 2009

Leadership Louisville Foundation

Seminars

Legal Issues for New Owners, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Presenter, 2009

Achievements

Successfully represented a number of clients in Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA and related state law matters.

Successfully represented clients in land use, planning, zoning and subdivision regulation matters.

Successfully represented clients in a number of actions alleging fraud and other violations of securities laws.

Successfully represented clients against claims of lender liability and breach of fiduciary duty.

Successfully represented a number of clients in equine matters involving both Thoroughbred and Saddlebred horses. Clients include major racetracks, trade organizations and individual owners and breeders. Has also advised concerning compliance with applicable regulations relating to licensing matters.

Successfully advised clients in administrative proceedings before a number of state and federal agencies, including the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Federal Trade Commission.

Successfully represented clients in matters related to antitrust claims under the Sherman Act, Clayton Act and state antitrust statutes.

Successfully represented clients in numerous proceedings in bankruptcy, including claims of preference and fraudulent conveyance.

Louisville Magazine, Top Lawyers

Publications

Pollution: In Insurance Policies, It May Not Mean What You Think It Means, Kentucky Bar Association Bench and Bar, November 2011.

Member: American Bar Association (Member, Antitrust Law, Environment, Energy and Resources, Health Law, Litigation and, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Sections); Louisville Bar Association (Member, Environmental Law and Litigation Section).

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Antitrust, Trade Regulation & Franchise
  • Banking Litigation
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Owner Disputes
  • Class Action
  • Construction Law
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Equine Litigation
  • Mineral & Environmental Law
  • Real Estate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
502-430-1786  Phone
502.568.5709  Phone
502.333.6099  Fax
www.skofirm.com
University Attended:
Washington and Lee University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1969
Law School Attended:
Yale University, J.D., 1972
Year of First Admission:
1972
Admission:
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Kentucky; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Kentucky; U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit; U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; 1973, California; 1972, Kentucky
Memberships:

Affiliations

•American Bar Association
•Louisville Bar Association
•Kentucky Board of Education, member
•Shelby Co., Ky. School Board, past member and Chair
•Leadership Shelby County
•Bingham fellow, Leadership Louisville Foundation
•Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

Birth Information:
Shelbyville, Kentucky, August 17, 1949
ISLN:
906467938

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (1 review)
  • High ethical standing icon
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

    5.0/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    5.0/5.0
  • Judgment

    5.0/5.0
  • Communication

    5.0/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    5.0/5.0

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