Katz Korin Cunningham merges with Stoll Keenon Ogden
Two regional law firms join as one
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 5, 2022) – Two well-respected law firms have joined as one. Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC (also known as “SKO”), a regional law firm with offices in Louisville, Lexington and Frankfort, Kentucky and Evansville and Indianapolis, Indiana, has combined with Indianapolis-based Katz Korin Cunningham effective July 1, 2022.
As a combined firm, SKO now has more than 180 attorneys and approximately 130 professional staff. With this move, SKO dramatically increases its number of Indianapolis lawyers from 7 to 45 and immediately provides a regional platform to benefit Katz Korin Cunningham’s growing client base. Since 2017, SKO has seen substantial growth in its number of Indiana-based lawyers to 65, including its growing presence in Evansville.
The increased presence in the Indianapolis market reflects SKO’s dedication to adding excellent legal services capabilities to serve an increasingly regional client base in more than 40 practice areas in a range of industries. SKO serves hundreds of clients in its geographic footprint and represents clients in nearly every state and other countries.
“In a rapidly changing world and business environment, we believe our success has been the product of being nimble enough to anticipate and adapt to change while remaining doggedly determined to hold on to SKO’s primary values – the pursuit of professional excellence and outstanding service to our clients and our communities. We are our clients’ trusted advisors and our clients’ needs have never stopped at state borders,” said Doug Barr, who will continue serving as Managing Director of the merged firm. “The abundant economic connections between Indianapolis, southwest Indiana and Kentucky have meant it has long been part of our strategic plan to grow in Indianapolis. We could not have been luckier to find a partner like Katz Korin Cunningham that shares our values and goals. Katz Korin Cunningham possesses experienced and highly skilled attorneys who are equally dedicated to excellence in service to clients and community. This combination will allow us to better serve our clients in Indiana and beyond.”
“Prior to speaking with SKO, our firm had not truly considered merging with another law firm, though we had been approached many times,” said Offer Korin, co-founding shareholder at Katz Korin Cunningham. “Through talking to leaders at SKO, we believed coming together would provide greater opportunities for our clients and communities as part of a fully integrated and purposeful regional firm. It became clear that one plus one equaled much more than two in terms of how we can enhance what we do as a team with SKO.”
SKO has a proud and storied history serving Kentucky, Indiana and surrounding states since Richard Stoll founded the firm in 1897. At the time of this merger, SKO had 145 attorneys and 89 professional staff. Katz Korin Cunningham has operated in Indianapolis since 1994. The firm’s 38 attorneys and 40 professional staff in Indianapolis join one of the region’s oldest and largest law firms, adding breadth of practice areas, expertise and office size.
Discussions began in July 2021, and shortly thereafter the two firms knew they had something special. The deal was completed July 1, 2022 and takes effect immediately. Financial details of the transaction will not be shared publicly. SKO’s Indianapolis office will now be consolidated in Katz Korin Cunningham’s downtown Indianapolis office, located in the Emelie Building at 334 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, Ind. 46204. An updated logo that reflects the combined firm is in development and will be unveiled at a later date.
About SKO: In 2022, SKO is celebrating its 125th year of outstanding service to its clients, its communities and its people. The firm continues its proud and storied history as trusted legal advisors by demonstrating exemplary service and finding creative and tailored legal solutions for local, state, national and international clients. SKO’s team of over 180 attorneys spans five regional offices in Kentucky and Indiana (Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort, Indianapolis, Evansville) acting as experienced, effective and reliable counsel with more than 40 practice areas and a wide range of industries.
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