Robert M. Beck, Jr.

Robert M. Beck, Jr.


Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Recognized since 2006

Lexington, Kentucky

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law

Corporate Law

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2010 - Corporate Law
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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.

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.

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), with Walter S. Robertson

Location

  • 250 West Main Street, Suite 2300
    Lexington, KY 40507-1758

Languages

  • English

Education

  • Vanderbilt University, B.A. Economics, graduated 1971
  • Vanderbilt University , graduated 1971

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, Kentucky Bar Association

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • American College of Equine Attorneys - Member
  • Fayette County Bar Association - Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court

Stites & Harbison, PLLC
Headquarters: Louisville, Kentucky

95 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

16 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2010 - Corporate Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Lexington (2022)
  • Banking and Finance Law, Lexington (2021)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Lexington (2015)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Lexington (2012)
  • Corporate Law, Lexington (2010)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Banking and Finance Law

Special Focus

  • Commercial
  • COVID-19
  • Equine
  • General Corporate
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Private Placements
  • Secured Transactions

Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated
  • Chambers USA's Client's Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers

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"Mr. Beck is extremely knowledgeable and very practical in his approach. He is very efficient in working through issues."

"I have worked with Bob Beck for several years and find him to be a pleasure to work with. He brings clarity to the subject, offers strategic alternatives, is very timely in his response, and is extremely easy to work with. 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."

- Robert Clay (Three Chimneys), Midway, KY

"Bob has worked with our bank for over 15 years and has provided excellent counsel over a wide variety of commercial issues. He is an astute business person, which means he has a very practical approach to understanding legal matters. He is also personally great to work with, which is why we entrust our very best clients to work with Bob."

- Lee Hess (BB&T), Lexington, KY

"I have worked with Bob for 15 years, and besides providing great counsel for our company (which is a trade magazine for owners and breeders involved in Thoroughbred racing), he has unique expertise in the business. Bob represents a number of owners and farms in this specialized industry, and they turn to him because he is acknowledged as one of the best in the field. Bob stands out with his impeccable credentials, ethics, and business acumen. When I add in the fact that he is also the most personable lawyer I have ever known, it clearly makes him the best."

- Mark Simon (Thoroughbred Times), Lexington, KY

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