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Kendrick R. Riggs

Member, Louisville

Kendrick is a Member in the Louisville office and has been with Stoll Keenon Ogden since 1993. The chair of the firm's Administrative Law/Regulated Industries department and Utility and Energy practice, Kendrick also serves as vice chair of the firm's board of directors. He routinely appears before state and federal commissions and courts representing energy and telecommunications clients. Kendrick has 31 years of experience with adversary proceedings and alternative dispute resolutions involving complex energy issues, rate mechanisms, mergers and acquisitions, renewable energy, financings, service territorial disputes, regulation rulemaking, legislation issues, negotiation of power contracts, and construction of generation and transmission facilities.

Kendrick's legal accomplishments include serving as lead regulatory counsel for the two largest investor-owned electric and gas utilities in five significant electric and gas base rate cases before the Kentucky Public Service Commission in the last 14 years, the most recent of which resulted in approval of a unanimous settlement agreement between nine different consumer groups, representing the diverse interests of industrial, commercial, public schools, municipals and low income customers of a $99.7 million increase in electric and gas retail rates.

Kendrick also provided general legal and strategic advice and served as lead regulatory counsel for obtaining all state regulatory approvals in connection with a series of four mergers or acquisitions involving the two largest investor-owned electric and gas utilities in Kentucky, beginning with the 1997-98 acquisition of KU Energy Corporation, the $3.3 billion acquisition in 2000, the $14 billion acquisition in 2001 and the $7.6 billion acquisition in 2010.

Since 1993, Kendrick has served as lead regulatory counsel for environmental surcharge applications for one or both of the two largest investor-owned electric utilities in Kentucky.

In addition, over the last 10 years, Kendrick has appeared regularly before the Virginia State Corporation Commission in cases involving base rate increases, fuel factor changes, financings, rulemakings and other matters involving investor-owned electric utility regulations.

Kendrick was chosen as a BTI Client Service All-Star in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2014, he was one of 15 lawyers nationwide to be recognized three or more consecutive years as a Client Service All-Star. He is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, named as a Kentucky Super Lawyer and recognized by Chambers USA. The Best Lawyers in America named Kendrick as its 2015 Lawyer of the Year in Louisville Administrative / Regulatory Law.

Active in many professional organizations, Kendrick is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar Association and is a former member of the board of directors for the Energy Bar Association. In 2006, Kendrick was recognized in and described by Louisville Magazine© as a Top Lawyer in Louisville, Kentucky. Married with two grown children, he stays involved in the Louisville community by serving as a board member for Greater Louisville Inc. and the board vice president of the Louisville Legal Aid Society. He served for 15 years in various adult leadership positions with the Boy Scouts of America, including Assistant Scout Master. In his free time, he currently enjoys triathlons and backpacking. A profile of Kendrick can be found at Kendrick Riggs Business First Profile.

Practices
Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
1982, J.D.
Wittenberg University
1979, B.A., cum laude
Admissions
Kentucky
Kentucky Supreme Court
Virginia Supreme Court
Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky

Recognition

  • BTI Client Service All-Star, 2012, 2013 and 2014 (only Kentucky attorney in 2012 and 2013)
  • Louisville Magazine “Top Lawyer” in Louisville, Kentucky, 2006
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® since 1995
  • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year,” Louisville, Administrative/Regulatory Law, 2017, 2015
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® since 1997-1998, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Communications Law, Energy Law
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Administrative Law, 2012-2014
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Utilities, since 2010-2017
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer, Utilities, 2013-2017
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Affiliations

  • Energy Bar Association, board member, 2009-2012
  • EBA Southern Chapter, vice president, 2007
  • EBA East Central Chapter, past president, 2001-2002
  • EBA Southern Chapter, board of directors, 2003-2012
  • EBA State Commission Practice and Regulation Committee, chair, 2005-2007
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, trustee at large, 2001-present
  • EMLF Executive Committee, member, 2004-2006
  • Louisville Legal Aid Society, chairman, board of directors, 2018-2020
  • Greater Louisville, Inc., board member, present; 2017 planning committee
  • Legal Aid Society Justice for All Campaign, chair, 2011
  • Cub Scout Pack 313, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, den leader, 1998-2002
  • Boy Scout Troop 317, Assistant Scout Master, Christ Church United Methodist, 2002-2009
  • Louisville and Jefferson County Human Relations Commission Member, 1984-1986
  • Eagle Scout 1974
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Work Highlights

Antitrust, Constitutionality of State Law

Brought action on behalf of major grocery chain claiming Sherman Act and Kentucky Constitution violations by state agency.  Result invalidated state statutes regulating milk marketing.  Kentucky Milk Marketing & Antimonopoly Com. v. Kroger Co., 691 S.W. 2d 893 (1985).

News Seminars
"Using Affiliates for Non-Electric Products and Services," co-speaker, The Prime Group, LLC's 2008 Electric Cooperate Rate Conference, Louisville, KYOct. 29, 2008
Law Seminars International Utility Rate Case Conference, speaker,  Las Vegas, NVFeb. 8, 2008
"Alternative Dispute Resolution and Settlement Strategies: Effective Strategies for Stakeholders - A Utility's Perspective," panelist 
"Large Power Contracts," co-speaker, The Prime Group, LLC's 2007 Electric Cooperate Rate Conference, Louisville, KentuckySep. 25, 2007
"Mergers and Acquisitions: The View From the State Regulatory Perspective," moderator, Energy Bar Association 61st Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.April 25, 2007
“Electric Power Industry Issues,” moderator, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation 31st Annual Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, KentuckyOct. 5, 2006
"Panel on State Regulation After the Repeal of PUHCA," moderator, Annual Meeting of the Energy Bar Association, Washington, D.C.Apr. 27, 2006
"Negotiating Coal Supply Contracts," panelist and "Understanding the Unique Perspective of the Utility Purchaser,” introductory speaker, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Winter Workshops on Energy Law, Fort Myers Beach, FloridaJan. 27, 2006
"Electric Power Issues: The Brave New World: Real Time Energy Markets," moderator, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation 29th Annual Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, KentuckyOct. 14, 2004
"State Regulation and Ratemaking," guest lecturer, University of Kentucky, College of Law, Energy Law ClassNov. 17, 2003
"Electric Power Transmission Issues - RTOs and Mixed Messages," speaker, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and the University of Kentucky Mineral Law Center's 28th Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, KentuckyOct. 16, 2003
"Reporting Client Misconduct: Whistle Blowing and Going Up the Corporate Ladder After Enron," panelist, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation 24th Annual Institute, North Myrtle Beach, South CarolinaJun. 1-3, 2003
"Fuel Choice for the power Industry: Supply, Economics & the Environment," program chair, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation/Energy Bar Association Electric Power Industry Special Institute, Charleston, South CarolinaNov. 18-19, 2002
"State Regulation and Ratemaking," guest lecturer, University of Kentucky, College of Law, Energy Law ClassNov. 14, 2002
"Perspectives on Coal Supply Agreements After 2001," speaker, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and the University of Kentucky Mineral Law Center's 27th Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, KentuckyOct. 10, 2002
"Restructuring the Electric Power Industry at the Federal and State Levels: Is Anybody Out There Happy?," moderator, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation's Energy Policy and the Electric Power Industry Special Institute, Cincinnati, OhioSep. 10-11, 2001
"Acquisitions of U.S. Energy Companies by Foreign Investors," speaker, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation's Electric Power Industry Special Institute, Columbus, OhioJun. 21-22, 2000
"Radical Changes at Electric Utilities: Why Buy a Baseball Stadium," moderator, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation's Restructuring the Electric Power Industry, Cincinnati, OhioJun. 25-26, 1998
"Ethical Tensions in a Restructured Utility Environment,” speaker, American Bar Association - Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law's Conference on Electricity law and Regulation, Denver, ColoradoFeb. 11-13, 1998