C. Timothy Cone

(1944 - 2019) - Obituary

Lexington, Kentucky
Of Counsel


C. Timothy Cone’s principal areas of his law practice relate to Business Organizations and Transactions and Commercial Lending and Real Estate.

Mr. Cone began his practice with Gess, Mattingly, Saunier & Atchison in 1968. He subsequently was a partner in two other Lexington firms and served as Commissioner of Law for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. After being president of Fasig-Tipton Company, a thoroughbred auction company, he rejoined Gess, Mattingly & Atchison in 1991, and served as President of the firm from 1994 through 2014.

Mr. Cone’s focus has been on business related topics, having been involved with many organizations and transactions of different kinds and complexities. He is experienced in business formations, mergers and acquisitions, as well as with commercial lending and real estate matters of all kinds. In addition, he regularly represents clients with respect to land use planning, media and First Amendment issues and equine law.

Mr. Cone has provided significant community involvement. Presently, he is a Trustee of Dupree Mutual Funds, a publicly traded operator of municipal and government bond funds. He is also the Treasurer/Director of the Lexington History Museum, and on the Board of Lexington Industrial Foundation. For many years, he was an Advisory Director of PNC Bank, Kentucky, and a Trustee and the Treasurer of Sayre School. He was formerly a director of St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, Lexington Habitat for Humanity, Lexington Urban League and Fayette County Legal Aid Corporation.

Other Boards on which Mr. Cone has served include the Citizens Fidelity Bank of Lexington, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Transit Authority, Urban County Tourism Commission, Fayette County Board of Elections, Fayette County Republican Party Executive Committee (chairman) and Northside Neighborhood Association (President). He has been a member of the Federal Judicial Selection Commission and Kentucky Bar Association Character and Fitness Committee.

Areas of Practice:

  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate
  • Media Law

Bar Admissions:

  • Kentucky, 1968
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1968
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1993


  • University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky)
    J.D., 1968
    Kentucky Law Journal, 1966 – 1968
    Editor, 1967-1968
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky)
    B.A., 1965

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member
  • Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference , Life Member
  • American College of Equine Attorneys

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