Melissa Anne Stewart

Melissa Anne Stewart

Lexington, Kentucky

Ms. Stewart began her law practice in litigation, and for five years she worked in corporate and banking litigation, contract litigation and employment cases. Since then, she has focused her practice primarily in the areas of estate litigation, probate and trust administration, estate planning and elder law. I frequently help form charitable corporations and assist them in getting tax exempt status. She also frequently represents banks and trust companies in matters related to trust administration. In addition, she has represented a number of individuals who have served as executors and trustees in a myriad of family situations, some of which involve a high level of conflict and emotion. Conversely, she has also represented beneficiaries who are in conflict with fiduciaries. In connection with those roles, she has participated in successful mediations between family members, trust and estate beneficiaries, and/or fiduciaries.

Ms. Stewart speaks to various civic and community organizations on topics related to estate planning, asset protection planning, probate and elder law on a frequent basis. She is a native of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky and has a strong client base in Pulaski, Lincoln and Rockcastle Counties.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Estate Planning
  • 35% Probate
  • 20% Elder Law
  • 5% Estate & Trust litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 5% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1991


  • The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1990
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Cumberland College, Williamsburg, Kentucky
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude - 1987
    • Major: History & English

Published Works

  • Co-author, “Foundations and Corporate Social Responsibility Programs: A Healthy Mix?”, Docket magazine’s, December, 2014

Representative Clients

  • Citizens National Bank
  • Bank of the Bluegrass
  • Cumberland Security Bank


  • College Writing, Lexington Christian Academy, 2009 - 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 1989 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 1990 - Present
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member, 1990 - Present
  • Pulaski County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association Probate & Trust Law Section, Elder Law Section
  • Fayette Co. Bar Women’s Law Association
  • Professional Women’s Forum
  • Christian Business Women’s United
  • Bluegrass Continuity of Care Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Stoll, Keenon & Park, Associate Attorney, 1990 - 2003
  • R. Dean Stewart, PSC, Associate Attorney, 2003 - 2011
  • Hargrove Madden, LLP, Title of Partner, 2011 - 2017

Pro Bono Activities

  • Advisory Board Member, The Willows, 2016