University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D.
Western Kentucky University, B.A.
Admitted to Practice:
Closely Held Business Planning
Advanced Tax Planning
Attorney, AEP, CPA
Direct phone: 502.287.0701
Direct fax: 502.287.0702
Direct phone: 859.475.1313
Direct fax: 859.554.0442
Mr. Hargrove is an Estate & Trust Tax Attorney/CPA. Having one of the largest Estate & Trust Practices in the Midwest he transitioned in February of 2011 with his long-time partner, Roger Madden, and a new partner, Melissa Stewart, to form the law firm of Hargrove Madden LLP.
Just prior to starting the firm, Mr. Hargrove chaired the Estate & Trust practice for a 160-Attorney law firm. He practiced as a CPA after law school and then became a tax attorney in 1985 and in 1990 began to practice only in the area of Estate, Trusts and Business Succession Planning. Mr. Hargrove now works extensively in the areas of Estate and Gift Tax Planning, Charitable Planning, Asset Protection and Business Succession Planning.
Mr. Hargrove is one of the first attorneys in Kentucky to be designated as an accredited estate planner by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. Mr. Hargrove is included in the 2003-2011 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® and has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Trust & Estates Law by his peers, as published in The American Lawyer 2009 edition. He also received national recognition as a SuperLawyer®, a national listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Mr. Hargrove has also received the top “AV” peer-rating from Martindale Hubbell®.
Before entering the practice of law, Mr. Hargrove served as senior tax accountant with the international accounting firm of Grant Thornton. Thereafter, Mr. Hargrove became one of the founding partners of the 28-member Lexington/Washington, D.C. law firm of Newberry, Hargrove & Rambicure (predecessor to Hargrove Baker, PSC). He led one of the region’s largest estate planning practices consisting of 16 people, including six tax attorneys, three accountants and six paralegals and legal assistants to assist their clients with their estate planning needs. He merged his practice into Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC in 2003.
Mr. Hargrove is a frequent speaker nationally on estate and charitable planning and has written numerous articles on the subject. Mr. Hargrove also serves as an advisor to many universities, healthcare organizations, and foundations in the areas of planned giving, development and fundraising
Western Kentucky University (B.A., 1980 cum laude)
University of Kentucky, (J.D., 1983)
Bar and Professional
Kentucky Bar Association
– Trust and Estate Section, Past Chairman
– Trust and Estate Legislative Committee, Past Chairman
Fayette County Bar Association, Lexington, Kentucky
– Founding Fellow
– Trust and Estate Section, Past Chairman
Bluegrass Estate Planning Council, Past Chairman
Lexington Employee Benefits Council, Past President
Estate Planning Council of Louisville
Louisville Estate Planning Council
Louisville Bar Association
– Business Law Section
– Probate and Estate Planning Section
– Taxation Section
Accredited Estate Planner, National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
2003-2009 editions of The Best Lawyers in America®
2009 Best Lawyer, Trust & Estates Law, The American Lawyer
2009 National recognition as a SuperLawyer®
Top “AV” peer-rating from Martindale Hubbell®.
2005-2008 National Businessman of the Year Award from the Business Advisory Council of the NRCC
Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky, Member of Board of Trustees, Executive Committee
Kentucky Historical Society Foundation, Member of Board
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Past Member of Board of Trustees
Western Kentucky Research Foundation, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Board Member
Lexington Christian Academy Foundation, Lexington, Kentucky, Past Chairman of the Board
Highview Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky, Deacon and BSF Leader
Immanuel Baptist Church, Lexington, Kentucky, Past Chairman of Trustees and Deacons
Baptist Healthcare Foundation, Louisville, Kentucky, Past Chairman of the Board
Berea College, Berea, Kentucky, Past Chairman of Development Council.