Beth H. McMasters


Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
400 W Market Street
Suite 2700
Louisville, KY 40202

Tel: 502.568.5424


Beth is a Member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Louisville office, having joined the firm in 2022. She contributes to the Healthcare, Tort, Trial and Insurance Services, and Business Litigation- practice groups.

Her primary emphasis is litigation, defending claims involving medical malpractice, professional liability, and general insurance matters. She has represented doctors, hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation faciliies, healthcare corporations, health insurance companies, mental health facilities, staffing agencies, and professional organizations throughout Kentucky. She also represents healthcare providers in administrative (licensure) matters and provides legal counsel regarding a wide range of healthcare-related issues. She is a frequently invited speaker for hospital and physician groups, drug and medical device companies, and groups of law, nursing, allied health, and medical students and residents.

A Louisville native, Beth earned her BS in nursing from Bellarmine University. Thereafter, she worked as a registered nurse in adult intensive care and both adult and pediatric post-anesthesia care units prior to and during law school.

Beth earned her J.D. from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. After law school, she worked for firms in both Houston and Louisville before forming McMasters Keith Butler Inc. in 2009 with Karen Keith and Ashley Butler. The lawyers and staff at McMasters Keith Butler joined Stoll Keenon Ogden on January 1, 2022.

Frequently named a top lawyer by her peers, Beth is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, the only entity accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys as specialists in the areas of medical malpractice and legal malpractice law. She is also a member in and leader of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Honors, Awards & Recognition
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, Diplomate, 2014 – present
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation — Health Care, 2023 – present
  • Top Lawyer in Medical Liability Defense, Louisville Magazine
  • Top Lawyer in Medical Liability Defense, Kentucky Monthly, 2012 – current
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2012 – 2023

Our Healthcare attorneys, both litigation and transactional, stay abreast of the industry’s landscape in order to counsel our clients in constructive and creative ways that will maximize their opportunities while maintaining compliance with all legal requirements. In addition, we also offer a team of top-of-the-line intellectual property, patent, and copyright attorneys.

We bring a wealth of experience litigating for healthcare clients across the region. While defending complex medical and health-related cases through discovery and trial for hospitals, long-term care facilities, doctors and other healthcare providers is our practice focus; our members also manage pre-suit claims; engage in mediation and arbitration; and guide clients in the ever-changing landscape of health law. We also teach classes and seminars for clients, other lawyers, doctors, nurses, and students in law, medicine, and nursing regarding a variety of topics. We are active in our community and with our families, as well.

Our healthcare attorneys have diverse backgrounds. Our litigators focus on the defense of complex medical liability cases. Two attorneys are also nurses and one has a history of providing clinical mental healthcare. We are driven and dedicated to defending our clients to obtain the best possible outcome; whether that is determined to be by pre-suit resolution, settlement during discovery, trial, or appeal. Our experience and breadth of knowledge in this area of legal representation are comparable or exceed that of any firm in the state.

We work closely with clients to determine the best resolution to every case, claim, or question – even those that arise outside normal working hours, as we appreciate that many of our clients function around the clock.

We understand that the healthcare industry is an ever-changing environment. In today’s world, the healthcare industry faces increased scrutiny from governmental agencies and is held to the strictest compliance standards in a business that is continuously evolving and developing.

Our healthcare experience includes representation in civil, criminal, and administrative manners, for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, physicians, physician groups, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and billing and service providers.

We guide and assist in the formation of entities and effecting acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, joint ventures, financing, and other transactions.

We also work side-by-side with providers, academic medical centers, and faculty practice plans on antitrust, tax, tax-exempt status, real estate, immigration, employment, and labor law issues.

Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC (SKO) is a leading law firm with five offices in Kentucky and Indiana. Founded in 1897, SKO is one of the oldest and largest law firms in the region.

The firm serves clients in more than 60 countries through its affiliation with the ALFA International network. Stoll Keenon Ogden represents individuals, corporations and businesses in the health care, technology, manufacturing, telecommunications and financial services sector. Its practice areas include intellectual property, corporate finance, estate planning, land use, bankruptcy, labor, employment, immigration, insurance, tort and trial.

Our attorneys are recognized among the best in their fields and they build client relationships for the long haul.