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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 $700 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 is also a member of the American Arbitration Association mediation and arbitration panel.

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

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
Kentucky
U.S. Supreme Court
Firm Leadership

Audit Letter Response Committee, Member

Office of General Counsel, Former Member

Memberships
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

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

Education
More Than Stites & Harbison

Bob 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. Bob was a previous chair of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, appointed by Governor Steve Beshear. 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.

Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2006-19)

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

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® (2008-19)

Testimonials

. . . 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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Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 42 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2019 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 33 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and nine attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 07, 2018
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Best Lawyers in America honors 72 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 has recognized 72 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 49 areas of practice. Forty-two of those attorneys selected have been honored for 1...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 16, 2018
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Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 51 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2018 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 55 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 39 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and 12 attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 11, 2017
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Best Lawyers in America honors 79 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 has recognized 79 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 51 areas of practice. The number of honorees increased since last year, 74 to...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 17, 2017
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Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 55 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2017 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 55 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 41 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 22, 2016
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Best Lawyers in America honors 74 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 has recognized 74 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 51 areas of practice. The Best Lawyers in America© is a nationally recognized referral...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 29, 2016
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Thoroughbred Charities of America elects Bob Beck to Board of Directors

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) recently elected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Bob Beck, Jr., to its Board of Directors.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 22, 2016
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Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 64 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2016

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2016 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 64 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 49 attorneys to the Super Lawyers...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 08, 2015
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Best Lawyers honors 72 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2016

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 has recognized 72 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 50 areas of practice. The Best Lawyers in America® is a nationally recognized...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 20, 2015
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Super Lawyers honor Stites & Harbison's Kentucky Attorneys

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Super Lawyers names 52 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices for inclusion on the 2015 Kentucky Super Lawyers list and 18 attorneys are named...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 01, 2014
Press Releases

Bob Beck reappointed to third term as Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Chair

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear recently reappointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Bob Beck, Jr., to a third term as Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Chair. His term runs from July 1, 2014 through June...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 28, 2014
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Best Lawyers names 16 Stites & Harbison attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2015

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named 16 attorneys from Stites & Harbison, PLLC as “Lawyer of the Year”...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 22, 2014
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Best Lawyers honors 89 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2015

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 has recognized 89 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 57 areas of practice. The Best Lawyers in America® is a nationally...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 22, 2014
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Chambers USA honors Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky.Chambers USA selected 34 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2014 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 30, 2014
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Super Lawyers honors Stites & Harbison's Kentucky attorneys for 2013-14

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Super Lawyers names 53 Stites & Harbison attorneys in the Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices for inclusion on the 2013-14 Kentucky Super Lawyers list and 19 attorneys are named on the inaugural...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 17, 2013
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Eighty-nine Stites & Harbison attorneys honored by Best Lawyers in America for 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC, is pleased to announce that 89 of our attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 57 areas of practice in The Best Lawyers in America®...
by Stites & Harbison PLLC August 27, 2013
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Bob Beck named to Vanderbilt Law School Board of Advisors

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Vanderbilt Law School has elected Stites & Harbison attorney Bob Beck, Jr., to the Board of Advisors 2012-2013. Beck is one of 29 new board members elected this year. His term will last...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 18, 2012
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Best Lawyers names Stites & Harbison attorneys as 2012 Lawyers of the Year

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named eight Kentucky attorneys with Stites & Harbison as Lawyers of the Year for...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 26, 2011
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Seventy-five Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in Best Lawyers in America

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison announced today that 75 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 55 areas of practice in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012. Twenty-five of...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 12, 2011
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Thirty-five Stites & Harbison attorneys selected for inclusion on Kentucky Super Lawyers for 2001

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Super Lawyers has named Stites & Harbison’s Charles J. (Mike) Cronan IV, a health care and litigation attorney, as “Top Point Getter” on their 2011 Kentucky Super Lawyers list. A total of 3...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 02, 2011
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Chambers USA honors 31 Stites & Harbison attorneys with inclusion in the 2011 guide

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 31 Stites & Harbison attorneys firmwide for inclusion in the 2011 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United States. Researchers interview...
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Presentations

Drafting to avoid owner disputes in equine contracts

Presented by The University of Kentucky College of Law As lawyers, the importance of a well-written contract for the transfer of a horse or co-ownership of a horse is apparent. All too often, however...
by Robert M. Beck Jr. May 04, 2011
Press Releases

Seventy-three Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in "Best Lawyers in America"

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison announced today that 73 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 35 areas of practice in The Best Lawyers in America®2011. Sixteen of the...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 11, 2010
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Chambers USA honors 32 Stites & Harbison attorneys with inclusion in the 2010 guide

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 32 Stites & Harbison attorneys firmwide for inclusion in the 2010 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United States. Researchers interview...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 02, 2010
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Best Lawyers names Stites & Harbison attorneys as 2010 Lawyers of the Year

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named four Stites & Harbison attorneys as Lawyers of the Year for 2010. Only...
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Seventy-two Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in "Best Lawyers in America"

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison announced today that 72 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 33 areas of practice in The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Those attorneys...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 10, 2009