P. Douglas Barr has been named managing director at the law firm Stoll Keenon Ogden.

Barr is the fourth person in the firm’s 119-year history to manage operations and strategic direction. Barr replaces Bill Lear, who served as Stoll Keenon Ogden’s managing director and chairman for 26 years. Lear is continuing his law practice at the firm.

In a news release from the law firm, Barr said that under Lear’s leadership the firm, “has experienced unprecedented growth and is recognized among the top law firms in the nation.”

Barr is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and earned his law degree from the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. He joined Stoll Keenon Ogden in 1986. Barr has served on the firm’s Board of Directors and in leadership roles including as chair of the firm’s client service committee.

Lear has been with Stoll Keenon Ogden for 35 years and served 22 years as the firm’s managing director and four years as chairman of the board. From 1985 to 1994, Lear was a Kentucky state representative.

“It was humbling to realize that my colleagues had the confidence to choose me to manage the operations of our firm for so long,” Lear said in a release.

Later his year, Lear will begin a one-year term as board chair for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Stoll Keenon Ogden has 140 attorneys and offices in Louisville, Lexington and Frankfort in Kentucky, as well as Evansville, Ind., and Pittsburgh, Penn.

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