Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Passing of John “Jack” T. Ballantine

The Passing of John “Jack” T. Ballantine


      It is with great sadness that I report the passing of one of the great lions of the Kentucky Bar, Stoll Keenon Ogden’s own Jack Ballantine. After graduation from Harvard Law School, Jack began his law practice in 1958 in Louisville with what is now Stoll Keenon Ogden.  He practiced more than 50 years, including serving as General Counsel to SKO in the years preceding his retirement.  In both the literal and figurative sense, Jack was “a lawyer’s lawyer;” a true master of our craft.   

      Jack was honored to be a member of the exclusive American College of Trial Lawyers and recognized as a Senior Statesman by Chambers USA. The Kentucky Bar Association named him "Outstanding Lawyer" of 2003. He was AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, listed in Best Lawyers in America®, and honored with the Judge Benjamin Shobe Award from the Louisville Bar Association for Professionalism and Civility. He remained active with the Legal Aid Society Campaign for Justice throughout his career.  He also was a leader in service to our community through extensive service on the boards of directors of several hospitals, Metro United Way, the Kentucky Derby Festival, and many other charitable organizations. 

       He will be sorely missed by those of us who were fortunate enough to know and work with him.

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