Doug has been with the firm since 1990. He is a member of the Business Litigation practice and serves as chair of the Business Torts practice. Doug also is a member of the Class Action, Intellectual Property, Securities Litigation, Tort, Trial & Insurance Services, Mineral & Environmental Law, Business Services and Construction Law practices. He represents clients in commercial and intellectual property litigation and defends product liability and personal injury cases.
Upon graduation from Indiana University School of Law (Bloomington), Doug served two years as a law clerk for the Honorable David V. O'Brien, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of the Virgin Islands.
Doug is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and currently serves as vice president of the Kentucky Bar Association. In 2017, he will serve as president-elect of the KBA and as president in 2018. Before his election as vice president, Doug served six years on the Board of Governors and was active on the Ethics Committee, Finance Committee, Professionalism Committee and Continuing Legal Education Commission.
Doug also is a member of the Louisville Bar Association and American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Kentucky Defense Counsel and American Intellectual Property Law Association. He is a member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference Planning Committee and a past member of the Sixth Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules.
Doug currently serves on the Speed Art Museum Board of Governors and previously served on the boards of directors for Blackacre Conservancy, Legal Aid Society and Focus Louisville Alumni Group.
He is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, recognized by Chambers USA, is honored as a Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyer and recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star.
When a single, dissident shareholder brought both derivative claims on behalf of the corporation and direct claims against certain directors, SKO successfully argued in litigation that the dissident shareholder had no standing to assert claims and lacked the ability to bring a derivative action for failure to satisfy the statutory requirements for doing so. The litigation continued to the enforcement of a stock buy-sell agreement, upon which our client was successful in both its enforcement and the valuation of the minority member’s shares.
The firm represented several land owners being sued by neighboring property owners both individually and as a class for an alleged nuisance related to odors emanating from hog barns. The plaintiffs claimed that the odors unreasonably interfered with their enjoyment of property. The case was before the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky where it ultimately settled just before trial.
Powell v. Tosh, No. 5:09-CV-00121-TBR-DW (W.D. Ky.).
SKO represents a putative class of individuals with relatives buried in a cemetery, asserting claims against numerous former and current owners of the cemetery for improper burial practices. The case is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.