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Board Members

Craig C. Dilger

Registry Chairman, Louisville

Mr. Dilger is a member of the Business Litigation Practice with the law firm of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC. His focus is employmen​​t, sports, education, and complex white collar criminal defense law. In addition, Mr. Dilger currently represents athletes and sports entities in a variety of areas. He has served as lead Trial Counsel representing the University of Louisville Athletic Association and Head Football Coach Bobby Petrino in the civil case filed by Ryan Holifield, a former offensive lineman at U of L. The case received national sports media attention during the trial in March of 2006.

Prior to joining Stoll Keenon Ogden, Mr. Dilger served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney with the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Mr. Dilger served as the Assistant Division Chief of the Unified Special Prosecution Unit, Assistant Division Chief of the General Trial Unit and the Division Chief for the White Collar Crime Unit. Mr. Dilger earned a B.A. in business administration and economics from Bellarmine College and a J.D. from Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

He is currently serving his third term as a Board Member and his ninth consecutive term as Chairman.​​

Length of Service: June 1, 2005 - present
Appointed By: Governor, Fair Elections Groups

Thomas P. O'Brien, III

Board Member, Louisville

Mr. O’Brien is a member of the Intellectual Property and Business Litigation Practice with the law firm Frost Brown Todd, LLC.  Tom represents corporations, large and small, and entrepreneurs in a variety of areas including patent, trademark and copyright infringement suits, trade secret actions, complex commercial litigation matters, unfair competition and franchise litigation.

Tom has recently led litigation teams in federal court proceedings and was part of a team that secured summary judgment on substantial Lanham Act counterclaims.  Caudill Seed and Warehouse Co., Inc. v. Jarrow Formulas, Inc., 161 F.Supp.3d 513 (W.D.KY 2015).

Tom also has substantial experience representing telecommunications sector entities in federal and state litigation as well as regulatory proceedings.

Tom is a fifth generation lawyer.  He earned his B.A. magna cum laude from the Washington and Lee University in 1988 and a J.D. from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1991.  Tom served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., United States District Judge, N.D.W. Va., from 1991 – 1993.

Tom is active in the community.  Among other civic and board service, Tom has chaired boards for the Louisville Zoo, Kentucky Opera and Bellarmine University.  Tom is a graduate of Ignite Louisville, Leadership Louisville and Leadership Kentucky.

Length of Service: October 14, 2016 – present
Appointed By: Governor, Republican Party Nominee

James L. Deckard

Board Member, Lexington

James L. Deckard is a member of the law firm Hurt, Deckard & May, PLLC.  He has served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Chief Justice of Kentucky, General Counsel to the Office of the Governor, and Executive Director of the Kentucky Bar Association.  Mr. Deckard earned a B.S. in finance from Western Kentucky University in 1991, and his J.D. from the University of Memphis in 1994.

Length of Service: December 19, 2017 - present
Appointed By: Secretary of State

Richard Clayton Larkin

Board Member, Lexington

"Clay" Larkin is a partner in the Business Services Department and Energy Practice Group of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP.  He is located in their Lexington office.

Recognized in the fields of Environmental and Energy & Natural Resources Law by Chambers and Super Lawyers magazine, Clay has devoted a significant amount of his practice to representation of energy clients in the coal, oil & gas, and electricity generation industries.

Mr. Larkin also regularly represents clients in environmental litigation and compliance counseling matters under SMCRA, the Clean Water Act, and other environmental statutes.  In addition, he also has experience in general litigation and transactional matters in the energy and natural resources field.

Mr. Larkin received his J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of Kentucky and his undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University.

Length of Service: June 27, 2019 - present
Appointed By: Auditor of Public Accounts

Alexander D. Gaddis

Board Member, Louisville

Mr. Gaddis received his Juris Doctorate from the Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu California after graduating from California State University in San Marcos, California.  He is a member of the Kentucky Bar.

Mr. Gaddis has served as Acting General Counsel for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Workers' Compensation Funding Commission; Deputy General Counsel for the Kentucky Real Estate Authority; and  Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for both Bullitt County and Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Mr. Gaddis served in the United States Army as an Air Traffic Controller for the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Length of Service: December 9, 2019 - present
Appointed By: Governor, Fair Elections Groups

Tony Colyer

Board Member, Louisville

Tony Colyer is the founder and managing partner of Colyer Law Firm, PLLC, which focuses on advocacy for victims of injury. Mr. Colyer has over a decade of experience in all phases of personal injury litigation, including trial and appeals. He has served on the Kentucky Justice Association's board of governors, the Brandeis Chapter of the American Inn of Court, and has memberships to the Kentucky and Louisville Bar Associations, the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, and the American Association of Justice.

Mr. Colyer was born and raised in Louisville, graduating from St. Xavier High School and then the University of Kentucky. He received his law degree from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

Length of Service: April 15, 2020 - present
Appointed By: Governor, Democratic Party Nominee