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Douglas F. Brent

Counsel to the Firm, Louisville

Doug is an experienced regulatory lawyer who co-chairs the Privacy & Information Security practice.  Doug's focus includes telecommunications industry litigation and representation of competitive wireline, wireless, cable and information service providers in regulatory and legislative matters, including tariff, tax recovery and TCPA compliance. He has also represented industrial customers in disputes with energy and communications providers, including the discovery and recovery of tariff overcharges.  He is a frequent speaker on information privacy topics, including cybersecurity regulation and critical infrastructure protection.

His telecommunications law experience includes practice before the FCC and numerous state commissions before and after the passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. He was in-house counsel to a global telecommunications carrier before joining the firm. He began his career as an attorney for the Kentucky Public Service Commission.

Doug is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and recognized as a Top Lawyer by Louisville Magazine. A member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association, he also serves as President of InfraGard Kentucky Members Alliance.  InfraGard is 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.  Doug has also served as a Trustee for the Olmsted Parks Conservancy. In his free time, Doug enjoys cycling and photography.

University of Kentucky College of Law
1986, J.D.
University of Kentucky
1982, B.B.A., Honors Program
Kentucky Supreme Court
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, Western District of Kentucky


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year,” Louisville, Communications Law, 2017, 2015
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®, Communications Law
  • 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

Federal and State Regulation, Telecommunications

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

Related Practices: Utility & Energy

Antitrust, Telecommunications

Successfully defended telecommunications carrier in Sixth Circuit and District Court against antitrust and related claims in suit brought by prison inmates.  Daleure v. Kentucky, 269 F. 3d 540 (6th Cir. 2001); Daleure v. Kentucky, 119 F. Supp. 2d 683 (U.S.D.C W.D. Ky. 2000).

Related Practices: Utility & Energy

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 interlocutory appeal to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. We also prevailed for class members in a collateral state utility commission proceeding on issues referred by the District Court. Settlement approved by District Court in November 2013 included cash refunds to all class members. Bowers v. Windstream Ky. East, LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157242 (W.D. Ky. 2013).

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 overpayments plus interest, totaling $8.2 million. Clark v. BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., 461 F.Supp.2d 541 (W.D. Ky. 2006).

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