Warren J. Hoffmann - Frost Brown Todd LLC

Warren J. Hoffmann

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003
Phone: 859-244-3220

Warren is a member of the Lexington, Kentucky office who practices corporate and commercial law in the energy and natural resources area. He is the group leader for the firm's energy and natural resources law practice. He is selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers® 2007-2014 and received a Band 1 ranking by Chambers USA® for Kentucky-Natural Resources. Recently, Best Lawyers in America® recognized Warren as the "2014 Lexington Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year", formerly the "2011 Lexington Energy Lawyer of the Year." Warren has devoted most of his career to handling energy related matters, including coal reserve acquisition, leasing and permitting, purchases and sales of mining companies, contract mining and coal preparation agreements, trans-loading and transportation facilities and contracts, financing coal mining and utility operations, issues arising under federal and state regulatory programs including SMCRA and MSHA, and sales and leases of mining equipment. Warren negotiates and documents fuel supply contracts for utilities and coal companies and also counsels clients in the disputes that often arise from such agreements. 

Representative clients include J.W. Resources, AK Steel, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc., Ross Harris Group, and Don Bowles Corporation.

University of KentuckyBA 1979University of Kentucky College of LawJ.D. 1984
American Bar AssociationKentucky Bar AssociationFayette County BarCoal Operators and AssociatesEnergy and Mineral Law FoundationKentucky Coal AssociationLexington Coal ExchangeSouthern Coals CouncilWestern Kentucky Coal Association

Case History

  • $1.3 billion in acquisitions and related financings for large coal company
  • $860 million sale coal company assets
  • $650 million 15 year coal lease and sales transaction for large utility
  • $140 million sale of coal company stock and assets
  • $96 million acquisition of seven coal terminals and coal reserves and operations in three states
  • $47 million acquisition of coal company
  • $43 million sale/leaseback of coal properties
  • $34 million investment in coal company
  • $22 million sale of coal companies stock assets and related credit facility  
  • $15 million acquisition of coal reserves

Client Comments

"Warren Hoffman is a very quick study of facts and details of the deal. He does not try to renegotiate a deal, but makes sure you are protected. His experience allows you to discuss various aspects of a transaction with a comfort level of his expertise in the various areas of law. His honesty is uncompromised. His record of charitable work with Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital is a testament to his character and leadership abilities."

-Tony Huff
Floyd County Resources

Office Location

Lexington Financial Center, Suite 2800
250 West Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507-1749
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Energy Law of the Lexington Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law of the Lexington Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Natural Resources Law of the Lexington Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Energy Law of the Lexington Metro Area
Warren J. Hoffmann has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Warren J. Hoffmann has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Warren J. Hoffmann has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Warren J. Hoffmann has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Corporate Law
Energy Law
International Mergers & Acquisitions
Mining Law
Natural Resources Law