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 has spent over 30 years practicing in the energy space primarily serving the coal, oil and gas, and electric utilities industries. In recent years, he has devoted an increasing percentage of his practice to assisting utilities, land and mineral owners develop properties for renewable energy projects (including solar and wind farms), mitigation banks, carbon offset projects and other alternative uses.

Warren also regularly represents clients on aircraft transactions, including purchases, sales, leases, fractional interest programs, time sharing arrangements and related FAA, financing, structuring and tax issues.

Representative clients include AK Steel, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc., Ross Harris Group, and TAC Air.


  • 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
  • Representing developer of first commercial scale solar wind farm in Kentucky
  • Representing landowner in development of 100 MW solar farm in east Kentucky
  • Representing landowner in large multi-state carbon credit offset program
  • Representing publicly traded company owing interests in multiple aircraft on FAA issues
  • Representing fixed-base operator (FBO)

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Energy & Natural Resources, 2007-2018
  • Chambers USA, Environment, Natural Resources & Utilities: Natural Resources, 2005-2018, Band One
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, Energy Law, Mining Law, Natural Resources Law, 2005-2019; International Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2017-2019; 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
  • Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, Trustee, Member
  • Kentucky Coal Association, Member
  • Lexington Coal Exchange, Member
  • Southern Coals Council, 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




Brenda Liggett
T 859.244.7508