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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Kerry O. Irwin

Kerry O. Irwin



  • Corporate & Transactional
  • Equine Industry
  • Beer, Wine & Spirits Industry
  • Capital Markets

WSG Practice Industries


Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Kentucky, U.S.A.


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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.

Bar Admissions



  • 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
Areas of Practice

Beer, Wine & Spirits Industry | Capital Markets | Corporate & Transactional | Equine Industry | Gaming & Sports Industry | Mergers & Acquisitions | Mineral Rights | Natural Resources Industry | Securities

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

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

Professional Associations

  • 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 


Supreme Court Overturns Federal Ban on Sports Betting
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2018

In a landmark ruling earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court overturned the ruling of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld the constitutionality of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the federal statute that effectively prohibits all sports betting in the United States by restricting states (other than a few grandfathered states, including Nevada) from authorizing sports betting...

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