Rodney D. Chrisman
Professor of Law

J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, magna cum laude
B.B.A., Eastern Kentucky University, summa cum laude

Areas of Interest/Teaching:
Business Associations, Business Planning, Securities Regulation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Lawyering Skills, Secured Transactions, Jurisprudence





Before joining the full-time faculty, Rodney D. Chrisman served one year as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law for Liberty University School of Law. At that time, Chrisman was also Assistant Professor of Business for the university’s School of Business where he taught Business Law in both traditional and distance learning formats, and designed and taught law-related courses in the Master’s of Science in Accounting and Master’s of Business Administration programs.

Prior to his academic service, Chrisman spent over three years in his own practice focusing on corporate, tax, and other areas of business law. While operating his own practice, Chrisman assumed the responsibilities of bi-vocational pastor at a small church in Eastern Kentucky, including preaching, teaching, administrative duties, counseling, and pastoral care.

During the later part of law school and for about a year thereafter, Chrisman worked at Stoll, Keenon & Park, LLP in Lexington, Kentucky, where he served as a law clerk and then as an associate attorney. His practice there included various areas of business law such as bankruptcy and commercial law, corporate and securities law, taxation law, and business litigation.

While in law school at the University of Kentucky College of Law, Chrisman was a member of the Kentucky Law Journal and Order of the Coif, as well as a founding member and the first treasurer of the University of Kentucky College of Law Chapter of the Federalist Society of Law and Public Policy. He was awarded the Colvin P. Rouse Kentucky Law Journal Award for Best Note for “Bright Line,” “Substantial Participation,” or Something Else: Who is a Primary Violator Under Rule 10b-5?, 89 KY. L.J. 201 (2001). He was also awarded first place in the Kentucky Bar Association Student Writing Competition for Protecting the Great Riches of Your Client’s Good Name: Kentucky Tradename Infringement Law, 65 KENTUCKY BENCH & BAR 25 (November 2001). 

Chrisman has authored articles such as "LLCs are the New King of the Hill: An Empirical Study of the Number of New LLCs, Corporations, AND LPs Formed in the United States Between 2004-2007 and How LLCs were Taxed for Tax Years 2002-2006," Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law XV (2010): 459-489; and "Stoneridge v. Scientific-Atlanta: Do Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 Require a Misstatement or Omission?" Quinnipiac Law Review (2008), Issue 4, Volume 26, at 839. These articles are available in draft form at Chrisman's Selected Works site,

Chrisman is currently a member of the American Bar Association, the American Bar Association Section of Business Law, the Federalist Society of Law and Public Policy, and the Kentucky Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in all courts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western District of Kentucky, and the Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals.

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