Warren J. Hoffmann

T 859.244.3220
F 859.231.0011
Lexington Financial Center, 250 West Main Street
Suite 2800
Lexington, Kentucky 40507-1749

Warren is a member of the Lexington, Kentucky office who practices corporate and commercial law in the energy and natural resources area. He is the group leader for the firm's energy and natural resources law practice. He was selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers® 2007-2016 and received a Band 1 ranking by Chambers USA® for Kentucky-Natural Resources. The Best Lawyers in America® recognized Warren as the "2017 Lexington Energy Lawyer of the Year." They also previously recognized Warren as the "2016 Lexington Corporate Lawyer of the Year", the "2014 Lexington Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year" and the "2011 Lexington Energy Lawyer of the Year." Warren has devoted most of his career to handling energy and mining related matters, including coal and limestone reserve acquisitions, leasing and permitting, purchases and sales of mining companies, contract mining and mineral preparation and processing agreements, trans-loading and transportation facilities contracts, financing mining and utility operations, issues arising under federal and state regulatory programs including SMCRA and MSHA, and sales and leases of mining equipment. Warren negotiates and documents supply contracts for utilities and mining companies and also counsels clients in the disputes that often arise from such agreements. 

Representative clients include AK Steel, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc., Ross Harris Group, and Don Bowles Corporation.


  • Acquisition of large Kentucky limestone mining operation
  • $1.3 billion in acquisitions and related financings for large coal company
  • $860 million sale coal company assets
  • $650 million 15-year coal lease and sales transaction for large utility
  • $140 million sale of coal company stock and assets
  • $96 million acquisition of seven coal terminals and coal reserves and operations in three states
  • $47 million acquisition of coal company
  • $43 million sale/leaseback of coal properties
  • $34 million investment in coal company
  • $22 million sale of coal companies stock assets and related credit facility  
  • $15 million acquisition of coal reserves

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Energy & Natural Resources, 2007-2016
  • Chambers USA, Environment, Natural Resources & Utilities: Natural Resources, 2005-2017, Band One
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, Energy Law, Mining Law, Natural Resources Law, 2005-2018; International Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2017 & 2018; Lexington Energy "Lawyer of the Year," 2017; Lexington Corporate "Lawyer of the Year," 2016; Lexington Natural Resources "Lawyer of the Year," 2014; Lexington Energy "Lawyer of the Year," 2011
  • AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar
  • Coal Operators and Associates, Member
  • Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, Trustee, Member
  • Kentucky Coal Association, Member
  • Lexington Coal Exchange, Member
  • Southern Coals Council, Member
  • Western Kentucky Coal Association, Member

Press Releases

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Warren participates in a variety of civic and charitable organizations in the Lexington community, including service on the Board of Directors of Kentucky Easter Seal Society, Inc. (Past Chairman).

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Speaker: "Liability of Individuals and Others for Coal Company Operations"-EMLF Kentucky Mineral Law Conference-2015

Speaker: "M.L. Johnson v. Jewell, a Loss for Coal Operators Mining on Severed Estates"-EMLF Kentucky Mineral Law Conference-2014

Moderator: "Negotiating" a Reliable Supply of Energy-Kentucky Chamber, Kentucky Energy Management Conference: Planning for an Uncertain Future-2011

Panelist: Coal Asset Based Transactions-Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Coal Law Short Course-2010

Panelist: Coal Asset Based Transactions-Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Coal Law Short Course-2009

Panelist: Coalbed Methane Development Issues - Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 29th Kentucky Mineral Law Conference-2004

Panelist: Bankruptcy Issues Effecting Coal Entities - Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 28th Kentucky Mineral Law Conference-2003

Panelist: Kentucky’s New Coalbed Methane Statute - Kentucky Oil & Gas Association 2004 Annual Meeting

Other Contact Info




Diana Parkos
T 859.244.7508