Senior Member

Robert M. Beck Jr.

Mr. Beck, a transactional lawyer, has represented both domestic and foreign clients in the purchase, sale or syndication of bloodstock valued at more than $900 million. Mr. Beck also regularly provides corporate and financing legal counsel to equine industry participants, including banks, horse farms, trainers, and organizers of multiple ownership arrangements for racing and breeding syndicates. In addition to his transaction practice, Mr. Beck is a mediator and arbitrator concentrating on transactional matters, equine and commercial projects and disputes.

Mr. Beck also assists manufacturing and service businesses and financial institutions with general corporate law, commercial lending and mergers and acquisitions advice and transactions.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Working with An Attorney Who Specializes in Equine Law Can Make a Difference

by Charlie McCarthy, BloodHorse magazine, September 2021.

Chapter: Business Combinations: Non-Tax Considerations

Kentucky Corporation Law, 3d ed. (2018)

Issues For International Sale of Goods

UK Equine Law Seminar, (presentation and paper), Lexington, Kentucky, May 4, 2017

Kentucky commission chairman announces resignation

by Matt Hegarty, Daily Racing Form, December 1, 2015

Drafting Effective Alternative Dispute Resolution Clauses in Equine Contracts

University of Kentucky Equine Law Seminar, 2015

Drafting to avoid owner disputes in equine contracts

Chapter 11: Business Combinations: Non-Tax Considerations

co-author, Kentucky Corporation Law, 2d ed. (2010), University of Kentucky CLE Publications

The Role of State Governments in Horse Racing in the United States

First Congress of Racing in the Americas, Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2008

Multiple Ownership Arrangements for Investing in The Horse Business

Co-Author, University of Kentucky Equine Law Seminar, 2003

Legal Aspects of Stallion Management and Syndication

University of Kentucky CLE publication, 2000

Developments in Equine Breeding Syndications

University of Kentucky Equine Law Seminar, 1999

Legal and Business Issues with Cross-Hemisphere Stallion Breeding Agreements

University of Kentucky Equine Law Seminar, 1995

Counseling Clients in The Section And Financing Of Business Entities

Business Formations and Terminations In Kentucky, University of Kentucky, 1993

Purchase and Sale of Equine Assets Under the United Nations Convention On Contracts For The International Sale of Goods

Author, University of Kentucky Equine Law Seminar, 1989

Restrictions on the transfer of stock and stock purchase agreements

Kentucky Business Organizations, University of Kentucky, 1989
Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court
Firm Leadership

Audit Letter Response Committee, Member

Office of General Counsel, Former Member

American Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association, Secretary, 1982-83; Board of Governors, 1983-84
Kentucky Bar Association
American College of Equine Attorneys
Community Involvement

Kentucky Authority for Educational Television, Member (2021-25)

Vanderbilt University Law School, Former Member of the Board of Advisors

American College of Equine Attorneys, Founder, Board of Directors and Former President

BB&T in Central Kentucky, Board of Directors

University of Kentucky Equine Law Seminar, Planning Committee

Thoroughbred Charities of America, Board of Directors

Charitable Impact Group, Inc., Board of Directors

More Than Stites & Harbison

Bob served as chair of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission from April 2008 through December 2016, appointed by Governor Steve Beshear. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Thoroughbred Charities of America, and the Board of Directors of Charitable Impact Group, Inc. His civic and community involvement has also included memberships on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Fayette County Bar Association and the Lexington Arts and Cultural Council, which he previously served as President. He is a founder, member of the Board of Directors and former president of the American College of Equine Attorneys. He also served on the Governor's Task Force on the Future of Racing in Kentucky. He has been the Planning Committee chair for the University of Kentucky Equine Law Seminar for five years and has served as a member of the committee for over 20 years. Bob is a member of the Board of Directors of BB&T in Central Kentucky and previously served as a member of the Board of Advisors of Vanderbilt University Law School. Mr. Beck is a licensed Thoroughbred racehorse owner and enjoys Thoroughbred racing, golf and travel with his wife and two daughters.


Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Banking & Finance Law, Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2006-22)

Best Lawyers in America®, Lexington Area Lawyer of the Year for Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2012, 2015, 2022)

Best Lawyers in America®, Lexington Area Lawyer of the Year for Banking & Finance Law (2021)

Best Lawyers in America®, Lexington Area Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Law (2010)

Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2013, 2014)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2008-20)


. . . extremely knowledgeable . . . very efficient in working through issues.

- Best Lawyers, 2012

He is a lawyer who does not stand in the way of a deal, but works to facilitate a deal. I strongly recommend Bob Beck.

- Best Lawyers, 2007

A first-rate equine lawyer who is pragmatic and great to work with.

- Chambers USA, 2010

. . . client-focused . . .

- Chambers USA, 2005
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