Please take a few moments to read information pertaining to the following members of SKO. Each was not only an asset to the firm but was also a well respected member of the community where they lived, worked hard and enjoyed life.
James Stirling Welch
Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC fondly remembers James Stirling Welch, who was of counsel to the firm. Mr. Welch, a prominent attorney and leader in the arts community, maintained the stature of the law firm over the decades he was a part of it through his commitment to legal excellence and his extensive civic involvement.
March 19, 1929 - March 12, 2006
Born March 19, 1929 in Alexandria, VA, he earned his law degree in 1956 from the University of Virginia, where he was editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review.
His law career began at Shearman and Sterling in New York City. In 1959 he joined the Louisville law firm that became known in 1992 as Ogden Newell & Welch. Mr. Welch’s legal practice was concentrated in corporate financing and securities law.
Among the firm's clients is Brown-Forman Corporation on whose board he served as a director from 1976 until 1999 and for whom he was actively involved in the acquisition of several of the Company's brands, including Canadian Mist, Southern Comfort and Bolla and Fetzer wines and Lenox Inc. He also served as director of The Courier-Journal, Louisville Times Co., WHAS, Inc., Standard Gravure, Inc., Hilliard Lyons Trust Company and American Printing House for the Blind.
He was an active member of the community serving as director and past president of the Greater Louisville Fund for the Arts, The Kentucky Opera Association, the Norton Psychiatric Council, and the Macauley Theater, Inc. (now the Brown Theatre). Mr. Welch was vice president and member of the Board of Governors of the J.B. Speed Art Museum and director or trustee of the Visiting Nurse Association, the Louisville Science Center, Bellarmine College and Filson Club (now Filson Historical Society).
A conference room in the law firm space in PNC Plaza has been named in Mr. Welch’s honor.
Joseph C. Oldham
October 26, 1942 – June 4, 2006
Reprinted Obituary: Courier Journal
OLDHAM, JOSEPH COLLINS, loving and beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Sunday, June 4, 2006, while bicycling with friends. He was born October 26, 1942, to the late William Edward Oldham, MD, and Elizabeth Scott Oldham in Louisville, where he attended George Rogers Clark Elementary School, Barrett Junior High, and Atherton High School. He graduated from the University of Virginia and University of Louisville Law School, was a member of Phi Alpha Delta and worked for 39 years as an attorney, first as a member of the law firm Ewen, Mackenzie and Peden, and then as a member, and then managing partner, of Ogden, Newell and Welch (now Stoll Keenon Ogden).
Joe was a member of the American, Kentucky, and Louisville Bar Associations; a life member of the Judicial Conference of the U.S. court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit; a member and past president of the Louisville Bar Foundation; a member of the Best lawyers in America and the Association of Leading Business Lawyers; past director of the Small Business Council of America; past president of the Estate Planning Council of Louisville and Louisville Employee Benefits Council. Throughout his professional life he was a frequent lecturer and guest speaker at law schools and before professional associations on estate planning, small business, taxation, and employee benefits.
Joe was an active lover of the outdoors who enjoyed bicycling (he was an active member/partner of the biking firm, The Ancient Bike Dogs), hiking, kayaking, and bodysurfing, among many other pursuits. He was also a talented photographer, working in his home black-and-white darkroom since the mid-sixties for many years before building a digital photography lab where he made new work and patiently worked on archiving and reprinting the old.
Joe was director of the Isaac W. Bernheim Foundation (and President in 2000) and remained instrumental to the renaissance of that park until his untimely passing. He was also a board member of several local metro and arts committees, including Actor's Theater of Louisville (1969-1980, 1981-1987).
A conference room in the law firm space in PNC Plaza has been named in Mr. Oldham’s honor.
Leslie W. Morris, II
1934 - 2006
Reprinted Obituary: Herald-Leader
MORRIS Leslie W. II, 72, died on Sun, Aug. 27, 2006, together with his wife, Kaye Craig Morris. Leslie was the son of the late Chester Deering Morris and Alamae Steger Morris. A native of Louisville, Leslie grew up in Lexington, attending University High School. In 1946, at the age of 12, he wrote and published the great American novel, The Municipal Murders. He then finished high school and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1955 where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta and ODK. He received UK's prestigious Sullivan Medallion for the outstanding graduating male student. Leslie graduated from the University of Kentucky Law School in 1958 and, following a tour of duty with the Air National Guard, he began his 49 year practice of law. He joined the firm of Stoll Keenon & Park (later Stoll Keenon Ogden) in 1962, where he remained for the duration of his career. He was one of the firm's most senior counsel and had devoted himself to the practice of litigation for his entire legal career. He developed two areas of primary focus: condemnation work, which he undertook for clients such as Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric, and products liability defense. He was responsible for a number of landmark decisions in the area of eminent domain and products liability, resulting in several published decisions. Although he never personally sought public office, Leslie was involved in the political process as an advisor and consultant to elected officials, including former mayor James Amato. He served as trial commissioner in the Lexington Police Court, a predecessor of the current Fayette District Court. Leslie was a former president of the Fayette County Bar Association. He was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an elite national organization of attorneys selected for membership based on extraordinary legal ability and integrity. He was a Master of the Bench in the American Inns of Court, an invitation-only organization promoting excellence in professionalism, ethics and legal skills. In 2005, Leslie received the Henry T. Duncan lifetime achievement award, the highest honor awarded by the Fayette County Bar Association. He was a life fellow of the Kentucky Bar Association and a member of the Fayette County and Kentucky Bar Associations. Leslie is survived by his daughter, Marion M. Queen and husband, Rick Queen, his son, Wyn Morris and his wife, Vicki Sword, seven grandchildren: Cassie, Whitney, and Sam Rogers, Max and Owen Morris, Mary Elizabeth and Meredith Queen, his first wife, Patricia Gilson Morris, Lexington. and cousin, Philip "Buddy" Wright. He is also survived by his loyal assistant of nearly 37 years, Kimberly A. Ewen. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wed, Sept. 6, 2006 at Central Christian Church with Dr. Michael Mooty officiating. Burial Lexington Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Tue at the W. R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway. Pallbearers will be Bobbye Gayle Amato, James G. Amato, C. Timothy Cone, Paul D. Gudgel, Mary Lou Hamilton, Edward T. Houlihan, Robert F. Houlihan, Jr., Harvey Johnson, Kenny Kay, Eileen O'Brien, James G. Reid, Donna Reinhardt, David Royse, Robert J. Turley, Robert M. Watt, Linda Wells and Frank F. Wilson, II. Published in the Lexington Herald-Leader on 9/3/2006.
A conference room in the law firm space in the Lexington office has been named in Mr. Morris’ honor.
Phillip E. Allen
1931 - 2007
Reprinted Obituary: Courier-Journal
ALLEN, PHILLIP E., 76 of Louisville, KY passed away Monday November 19, 2007 at Norton Hospital. Mr. Allen was born in Joplin, Missouri. He enlisted in the US Army and served on active duty from 1949-1957 as an armor officer and served in the Army Reserves until 1965. He attended the University of Arkansas receiving a B.S.B.A. degree with honors. He graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Following graduation he joined the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was in private practice in Arkansas from 1962-1971. He was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1971 and from 1971-1978 his private practice emphasized corporate, securities and insurance regulatory law. In 1978 he was named ICH Corporation; General Counsel and went on to serve as Executive Vice President Corporate Operations, Secretary, Director and Vice Chairman before returning to private practice in 1993. Mr. Allen became of Counsel at the law firm of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC in 2004 where his practice emphasized corporate, securities and insurance regulatory law, mergers and acquisitions.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lorraine Miller Allen; daughter, Linda Stetson (David) of Lexington; son, Bradley Allen (Marcia); grandchildren Sarah, Michael and Tracey, sister, Janice Heath (Noel, Oklahoma) and nieces and nephews.
A photograph of Mr. Allen hangs in the law library in the Louisville office in his honor.
William T. "Buddy" Bishop III
1944 - 2008
Reprinted Obituary: Lexington Herald-Leader
Keeneland trustee grew up on the track's grounds
By Linda B. Blackford
William T. "Buddy" Bishop III, who grew up on Keeneland's grounds and ended up at its helm, died Thursday, the day before the opening of Keeneland's spring meet. He was 64.
Bishop was a partner in the Lexington law firm of Stoll Keenon Ogden and was considered a pillar of Kentucky's thoroughbred industry as one of three trustees of the Keeneland Association Inc., the trust that governs the venerable track and sales company.
Keeneland President Nick Nicholson said Bishop had a deep love for Keeneland stemming from his childhood there. His father, W.T. Bishop, was the first employee of the fledgling racetrack, hired by Keeneland's founder Hal Price Headley as a general manager in 1936. He and his family lived in part of what are now the Keeneland clubhouse and offices.
"He would play hide and seek in the grandstand," Nicholson said. "He saw Keeneland grow up, and it is a Hollywood-type story that he would start out mowing the grass and end up in its highest position."
Bishop was named a Keeneland trustee in 2005. Before that he was Keeneland's lead counsel, secretary and a member of its board of directors. He also served on the boards and as counsel to numerous farms, including Claiborne Farm, Darley Stud, Godolphin Racing Inc., Juddmonte Farms Inc. and Mill Ridge Farm.
The fact that competing businesses would hire the same lawyer was a testament to his integrity and skill, said his law partner, Bill Lear.
"He was what every lawyer aspires to be, which is truly devoted to his clients, esteemed in the industry that he worked in and involved in every major issue that affected that industry," Lear said. "But above all, he was just a delightful human being."
Bishop was elected to The Jockey Club in 2006, and also served as a past president of the Thoroughbred Club of America.
"Buddy Bishop's careful, measured, loyal voice of reason will be a cherished legacy of Keeneland for years to come," former Keeneland Chairman and President James E. (Ted) Bassett, said in a statement. "Keeneland was a focal point of his entire life from his early youth to his years as the wise counselor to the industry, earning the respect, admiration and appreciation from the entire racing world."
Surviving are his wife Nancy Ireland Bishop, son, William Thomas Bishop IV, of Paris, France, daughters, Shannon Bishop (Will) Arvin, of Nicholasville and Anne Bishop (Ryan) Almeida of Dublin, Ohio, sister, Jayne Bishop Norvell, of Louisville, two grandchildren, a niece and nephew.
A conference room in the law firm space in the Lexington office has been named in Mr. Bishop’s honor.
Lee A. Webb
Reprinted Obituary: Courier-Journal
Lee Ann Webb of Louisville, wife of Frank Nussbaum and daughter of Esther and Sidney Webb, died Wednesday, January 23, 2013.
Born in Lexington March 14, 1969, Lee graduated from Henry Clay High in 1987 and attended Oberlin College. In 1990 she attended the School of International Training and spent a semester in Ecuador where she developed a deep appreciation for Latin American culture. She received BA's in Spanish and in Latin American Studies from UK and earned her JD from the U of L Law School, where she was Outstanding Woman Law Graduate in 1997.
Upon graduation, she clerked for KY Supreme Court Justice Janet Stumbo. She became an attorney at Stoll Keenon Ogden in Louisville in 2000. Fluent in Spanish, Lee performed pro bono work in both Spanish and English for refugees and recent immigrants and founded the Latino Legal Clinic of Louisville. She was on the Board of the National Society of Hispanic MBA's and on the board of the Hispanic Latino Coalition and of the Hispanic Latino Business Council. She was an early member of The Women's Network, Advocates for Democratic Principles. She was a participant in the Leadership Louisville-2012.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is also survived by his daughters, Hannah, Abbey and Leslie Nussbaum. Other survivors include her beloved grandmother, Eunice Jones; her aunts and uncles, Mary and Gilbert Edwards, Betty and Roy Short, and Ann and Tom Jones and a number of cousins whom she loved.
Lee's family wishes to thank her dear friends who gathered during her last days to support and cheer her. But most of all they will be forever grateful to her cherished friends, Amy Stewart and Jennifer Jewell,who took charge and performed countless tasks that made life bearable for the Webbs and Nussbaums.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Louisville Bar Assoc., 600 W. Main St., Suite 110, Louisville, KY 40202 and designated to "The Latino Legal Clinic" or to the National Mill Dog Rescue, P.O. Box 88468, Colorado Springs, CO, 80908; or www.milldogrescue.org. A celebration of Lee's life will be announced this spring. email@example.com.