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Douglas F. Brent

Counsel to the Firm, Louisville

Doug is an experienced regulatory lawyer who has been with Stoll Keenon Ogden since 2003. He is the Co-Chair of the Privacy & Information Security practice and contributes his telecommunications expertise to several other practice groups at the firm.

Prior to joining SKO, Doug was in-house counsel to a global telecommunications carrier, giving him a keen perspective on issues faced by providers and business customers alike.

For his efforts in helping clients navigate complex information security issues, on a regional and federal level, Doug has earned numerous professional recognitions. For 2019, he was named Lawyer of the Year in Communications Law by Best Lawyers in America®.

Privacy & Information Security: Doug counsels business clients on how to avoid being targeted and sued for violating the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and also advises clients on data breach prevention and post-breach response strategy and compliance. He is a frequent speaker on information privacy topics, including cybersecurity regulation and critical infrastructure protection. He is a past President of InfraGard Kentucky Members Alliance, a two-way information sharing exchange between the FBI and members of the public and private sector focused on protecting critical infrastructure of the United States.

Business Litigation: Doug represents competitive wireline, wireless, cable and information service providers involved in high-stakes litigation, such as inter-carrier disputes. He also works with industrial customers in managing conflicts with providers.

Class Action: Doug’s substantial litigation experience in the realm of telecommunications includes class-action lawsuits. In one case, Doug represented a class of more than 450,000 members in U.S. District Court to challenge overcharges/tariff violations by a regulated telecommunications carrier.

Tax-Related Disputes: Doug has substantial experience with telecommunications tax issues. He once served as counsel for a 175,000-member plaintiff class in U.S. District Court to challenge sales tax collection on broadband Internet access services provided by the incumbent local exchange carrier. The Court approved a settlement agreement totaling $8.2 million.

Utility & Energy: Building on his early career experience as an attorney for the Kentucky Public Service Commission, Doug represents the utility and energy industries on a range of issues before state commissions and courts. He also represents industrial customers in disputes with energy providers.

University of Kentucky College of Law
1986, J.D.
University of Kentucky
1982, B.B.A., Honors Program
U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2011-present
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Information Technology Law and Privacy/Information Law, 2014
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  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeways Commission, commissioner
  • InfraGard Kentucky Members Alliance, president
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Work Highlights

Class Action, Telecommunications and Consumer Protection

SKO acted as counsel for a 175,000-member plaintiff class in U.S. District Court to challenge sales tax collection on broadband Internet access services provided by incumbent local exchange carrier. The Court approved settlement agreement in August 2007 that provided class members full refunds of...

Class Action, Telecommunications, Public Utility, Taxation & Consumer Protection

SKO represented a class of more than 450,000 members in U.S. District Court challenge to overcharges/tariff violations by regulated telecommunications carrier. We obtained summary judgment on federal overcharge claims for class members and protected class certification by defeating an...

Federal and State Regulation, Telecommunications

Obtained favorable ruling in interconnection dispute between major telecommunication carriers, prevailing before 6th Circuit, District Court, and Kentucky Public Service Commission.  BellSouth Telecomms., Inc. v. Goss, 142 Fed. Appx. 886 (6th Cir. 2005).

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News Publications Seminars
Copyright claims related to use of broadband-enabled services-Issues for cable operators, Kentucky Cable Telecommunications Association, 2016
Current Issues in Information Privacy Law, Louisville Bar Association Seminar, 2014
Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues for Utilities, Kentucky Rural Water Association Annual Conference, 2014