Kerry O. Irwin


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Kerry counsels clients from a variety of industries on numerous corporate matters, including governance, mergers and acquisitions, financing, and other transactions. Her clients include for-profit and non-profit organizations, trade organizations, and distributors, and she tailors her approach in each case to meet her client’s specific corporate needs.

She has worked on numerous multi-million dollar transactions, leading deal teams through negotiations of transaction documents and coordinating all aspects of the transaction from start to finish. Her broad transactional experience also includes drafting a wide variety of complex commercial contracts, including licensing agreements, sponsorship agreements, NDAs, master services agreements, operating agreements, and joint venture agreements. Kerry is a vital resource for clients with questions about risk management strategies and compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, and she assists clients in negotiations with state and local agencies.


  • 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
  • North Carolina


  • 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
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Dinsmore Women's Initiative Committee 


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