Richard A. Vance

Rick Vance's practice focuses on real estate law, antitrust, trade associations, financial institutions and the industrial hemp industry. He is based in the Louisville office.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Contracts Being Tested by COVID-19

Coronavirus and Association Meetings

Kentucky Society of Association Executives (KSAE) newsletter, March 16, 2020

State Comments on USDA’s Interim Final Rule Governing Hemp Production

Information You Need on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Ask a Hemp Lawyer!

Panel member, Kentucky Hemp Industries Association Holiday Conference & Tradeshow, Murray State University, Murray, KY, December 20, 2019

Tips for Retailers: Banking and Credit Card Processing

Panel member, Kentucky Hemp Industries Association Holiday Conference & Tradeshow, Murray State University, Murray, KY, December 20, 2019

Into the Weeds of the USDA Hemp Regulations

Sowing the Seeds and Reaping the Benefits of Kentucky's Newest Booming Industry

Industrial Hemp: A Lender's Guide, Consumer Financial Services Committee Monthly Call-In Program, August 21, 2019

Kentucky's Industrial Hemp Opportunity and Banks

Panelist, Kentucky Bankers Association Conference, French Lick, Indiana, April 16, 2019

Kentucky General Assembly Approves Electronic Recording and Notarization

Industrial Hemp: A Lender's Guide

UK Conference on the Law of Financial Institutions, October 2018

2018 Farm Bill Finally Blossoms Into Law, Hemp Here to Stay

Banks, Loan Software, and UPL

Kentucky Banker, November/December 2017

Title Agencies Did Not Violate RESPA Affiliated Business Rule

The Title Insurance Law Newsletter, American Land Title Association, September 2017

RESPA Developments: CFPB v. Borders and Borders

Mortgage Bankers Association of America, Litigation Committee Conference, July 25, 2017

Regulatory Climate Under the Trump Administration

Developments before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Keeneland, April 13, 2017

Securities and Antitrust Issues for HR Professionals?

Banking on Industrial Hemp

Hot Topics in Real Estate Litigation

University of Kentucky Conference on Financial Institutions Law, September 19, 2014

Judge Vacates $22 Million Verdict and Orders New Trial

Healthcare Mergers: Idaho Judge to Unwind Acquisition of Medical Practice

SCOKY to Review "Secret Lien" Case

Antitrust and Trade Associations

Thirsty Thursday, Stites & Harbison networking event, May 23, 2013

Antitrust and Employment Law

Employment Service Group, Stites & Harbison, February 26, 2013

Antitrust 101

Asphalt Institute, February 12, 2013

Kentucky Condemnation and Eminent Domain

a chapter in Kentucky Real Estate Law and Practice, University of Kentucky Monograph Series (4th ed. 2012)

Kentucky's Unique Guaranty Statute

Kentucky's New Predatory Lending Law

Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Firm Leadership

Opinions Committee, Chair

American Bar Association, Consumer Financial Services Committee
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Community Involvement

Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, Board of Directors

Kentucky Hemp Industries Association, Board of Directors

Kentucky Habitat for Humanity, Pro Bono Counsel and Volunteer

More Than Stites & Harbison

Rick began his career as a consumer protection investigator with the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.

Rick is a former member of the Governing Committee of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law and a past board member for Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC). He has built houses with Habitat for Humanity across the United States, as well as in Hungary, the Philippines and Mexico. He is also building an orphanage in Guatemala. Rick is the former President and current pro bono counsel for Kentucky Habitat for Humanity.

Rick likes outdoor activities such as kayaking and mountain biking.


Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2022)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2013-22)

Louisville Magazine Top Lawyers (2016)

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