Kerry O. Irwin


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Kerry counsels clients in a wide variety of industries on corporate matters, including governance, mergers and acquisitions, financing, and other transactions. She also works with for-profit and non-profit organizations, as well as several trade organizations, tailoring her approach to meet each client’s unique corporate needs.

Her practice includes a focus on the mining and natural resources sectors. She regularly works with mining companies and investors on acquisitions and dispositions of mineral reserves, mining projects, permits and mining companies, as well as , project development and matters related to mine operations. Additionally, she counsels clients in the natural resources industry on all manners of contracts and agreements, including financing agreements, sales and lease agreements, joint venture agreements and operating agreements.

A lifelong horsewoman, Kerry grew up fox hunting and was a Jefferson and Echols scholar at the University of Virginia. After college, she taught riding at Chatham Hall, a boarding school in Virginia, before attending law school at the University of Kentucky, where she focused her studies on equine and transactional law. She has translated her passion for horses into her practice, where she counsels clients on equine law matters related to both the Thoroughbred and sport horse industries.

Prior to joining the firm, she worked as a staff attorney for Judge Thomas D. Wingate in Franklin Circuit Court, where she gained experience in handling regulatory matters, including administrative appeals from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. She also has extensive experience in drafting equine contracts, specifically sale and lease contracts, as well as thoroughbred and sporthorse syndication agreements.

Understanding the ties between the equine and gaming worlds, she also is adept at advising clients on internet gaming matters, including compliance with constantly evolving rules and regulations. She has helped clients secure internet wagering licenses, and her gaming work also extends into the world of pari-mutuel wagering, charitable gaming, and sweepstakes and giveaways.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law  (J.D., 2009)
    • Best Overall Oral Argument and Appellate Brief – Trimble Writing Club, Equine Law Society
    • Kentucky Law Journal, staff
  • University of Virginia  (B.A., with distinction, 2002)
    • History
    • Jefferson Scholar
    • Echols Scholar

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky


  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Lexington Coal Exchange
  • Kentucky Horse Council 
    • Board of Directors
    • Finance Committee 
    • KENA Committee
  • Chatham Hall Alumnae Council
  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources 
    • Oil and Gas Committee
    • Mining and Mineral Extraction Committee
  • Dinsmore DNA, co-founder and faculty member 


  • Kentucky Rising Star® 
  • Difference Maker Award in Honor of Alice J. Neeley (2016)