R. David Lester is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and has been with the firm since 1975. He serves clients primarily through the Business Services practice, where he focuses on corporate law, business acquisitions, Uniform Commercial Code matters and health care transactions.
Sought out by clients and the legal community for his substantial expertise in corporate law, David was part of the Kentucky Bar Association Joint Subcommittee on Limited Liability Company Legislation and the Kentucky Bar Association Committee that drafted Chapter 271B (business corporations).
He is past chair of the Business Law Section of the Kentucky Bar Association, and has served as either chair or co-chair of the UK/CLE Biennial Business Association Law Institute since its inception. For his many legal accomplishments over the course of his career, David has been honored with multiple recognitions, including a “Lawyer of the Year” distinction from Best Lawyers in America® for three separate years.
Business Services: David concentrates on mergers and acquisitions among Kentucky-based businesses. He also advises on a variety of other transactional matters for businesses in the private sector, as well as entities in the equine and health care industries.
Mergers & Acquisitions: Drawing on his significant experience in this specialty practice area, David negotiates agreements and offers advice on transaction structures to deal with regulatory, tax, contractual or other concerns.
Health Care: David guides and assists physician groups, assisted-living facilities and other medical providers in operational, sale and restructuring procedures.
Securities & Corporate Governance: David is well versed in the complexities and compliance issues involved in finance transactions undertaken to facilitate the growth of businesses. In one case, he represented a publicly traded client in a transaction to support the development of a longwall mining operation with a total project investment ranging from $400-$525 million.
- University of Kentucky College of Law 1975, J.D., High Distinction
- Western Kentucky University 1970, B.S.
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Tax Court
- UK/CLE Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, co-chair
- American Diabetes Association, Chair of Kentucky Community Board
- Fayette County Bar Association
- Kentucky Bar Association, chair of the Business Law Section, 2002-2003
- American Bar Association
- American Diabetes Association, Kentucky Community: chair, Board of Directors
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