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C. Kent Hatfield

Member, Louisville

Kent is a member of the Utility & Energy practice as well as the Business Litigation practice with a focus on Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Franchising, Business Torts and Corporate Law at Stoll Keenon Ogden.  His corporate practice involves counseling on a wide variety of corporate transactions, including financing, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, private equity transactions, corporate valuations and shareholder disputes.  He has extensive experience negotiating utility service agreements, procurement contracts for large industrial manufacturing companies, and electric generating plant agreements. Kent is Corporate Secretary to a large manufacturing joint venture and serves as principal outside counsel to a number of businesses, having guided many businesses through organization and start-up into periods of growth and maturity.

As a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Kent gained extensive experience investigating and prosecuting antitrust cases in regulated industries.  A frequent theme of his practice is the interplay between law and economics in the energy, telecommunications, utility, aluminum and construction industries.  He appears before federal and state courts and agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Kentucky Public Service Commission, in matters involving economic and utility regulation and rates.  He has successfully handled numerous Sherman Act and Robinson-Patman Act cases and has unique experience in corporate and governance issues for joint ventures.  Kent completed specialized litigation training at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Kent is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell® and has been listed for many years in Best Lawyers in America® (Administrative Law, Communications Law and Energy Law), in “Chambers USA” (Environment, Natural Resources and Regulated Industries) and is recognized as a Kentucky Super Lawyer (Utilities).

He is a member of the Kentucky, Louisville and American Bar associations, as well as the Energy Bar Association and the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation.

University of Kentucky College of Law
1973, J.D., High Distinction
University of Kentucky
1970, B.S.
U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers® 2013 Administrative / Regulatory Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Louisville
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Energy Law, 1995 - present
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Administrative / Regulatory Law, Communications Law, 2007 - present
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2013 - present
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® Honoree, 2007-2011; 2015-2019
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Administrative Law, Antitrust Law, Corporate Law, 2012-2014; Administrative Law and Antitrust & Trade Regulation Law, 2016
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Utilities, 2015-2017
  • Order of the Coif
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  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Christian Alliance for Orphans, Founding Director
  • Bob Russell Ministries, Inc, Founding Director
  • Logan Aluminum Inc., Corporate Secretary
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Work Highlights

Antitrust, Corporate Governance and Major Contract Counseling

Serve as antitrust counsel and corporate secretary to major manufacturing joint venture of two competing companies.  Involves antitrust compliance, governance matters, and negotiation and drafting of major contracts for construction and general procurement.

Utility Contracting and Joint Ventures

Represent utilities and large purchasers of electric power and natural gas in negotiation of contract for purchase and sale of energy and energy services.  Includes traditional utility tariff relationships, as well as special contracts for solar renewable energy.  Negotiation of significant electric generation joint venture agreements. 


Represent independent franchisees in financing, franchisor relationships, contracting, construction, leasing and related matters.

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