Kendrick R. Riggs
Member , Louisville KY
Kendrick is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Louisville office. He chairs both the firm’s Administrative Law/Regulated Industries Department and co-chairs its Utility & Energy practice group. He joined Stoll Keenon Ogden in 1993 and served as vice chair of the firm’s board of directors from 2006 to 2022.
Kendrick has represented energy and telecommunications clients throughout Kentucky and Virginia for nearly four decades. He routinely appears before state commissions and courts on behalf of clients, providing his expertise on complex issues ranging from constitutional challenges of utility laws to rate cases and mergers or acquisitions.
Utility & Energy: Kendrick has represented Kentucky’s two largest investor-owned energy companies in state regulatory matters for nearly his entire career. He has served as lead regulatory counsel in more than 25 electric or gas base rate cases and numerous rate mechanism cases. Beyond those cases, he has obtained all state regulatory approvals connected with four multibillion-dollar mergers or acquisitions.
Kendrick recently served as lead counsel in the approval of renewable power contracts involving one of the largest additive solar power facilities in Kentucky.
Outside Kentucky, Kendrick has appeared before the Virginia State Corporation Commission for more than twenty years in cases involving ten base rates, nineteen fuel factor changes, four utility acquisitions, numerous financings, and other matters involving investor-owned electric utility companies.
As a civic leader, Kendrick served as the Chairman of the Board for the Louisville Legal Aid Society, a non-profit organization that provides free civil legal assistance on issues related to income, family, housing, safety, and health to low-income individuals and families from 2018 through 2022 and continues to serve as an ex offico member of the board. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors and its Finance Committee for Greater Louisville, Inc.
University of Kentucky College of Law, 1982, J.D.
Wittenberg University, 1979, B.A., cum laude
PracticesUtility & Energy
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
Professional & Community Activities
Louisville Legal Aid Society, Chairman of Board of Directors, 2018-2022; Vice President, Board of Directors, 2016; Member, Board of Directors, May 2013-2015; Legal Aid Society Justice for All Campaign Chair, 2011
Greater Louisville, Inc., Board Member, 2003-2018; 2020-present; Member, 2017 Planning Committee; Member, Board of Directors, November 2003-February 2006 and February 2007-December 2019; Member, Finance Committee, 2014-2018; 2020-present
Energy Bar Association, Board Member, 2009-2012
Boy Scout Troop 317, Assistant Scoutmaster, Christ Church United Methodist, 2002-2009
Energy Bar Association Southern Chapter, Vice President, 2007
Energy Bar Association State Commission Practice and Regulation Committee, Chair, 2005-2007
Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Executive Committee, Member, 2004-2006
Energy Bar Association Southern Chapter, Board of Directors, 2003-2012
Energy Bar Association East Central Chapter, President, 2001-2002
Cub Scout Pack 313, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Den Leader, 1998-2002
Louisville and Jefferson County Human Relations Commission, Member, 1984-1986
Eagle Scout, 1974
BTI Client Service All-Star, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2020
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
Best Lawyers® 2015, 2017, 2019, 2024 Administrative/Regulatory Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Louisville
The Best Lawyers in America®, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Communications Law, Energy Law, and Utilities Law, 1997 – present
Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Utilities, since 2010
Louisville Magazine, Top Lawyer, Administrative Law, 2012 – present Louisville Magazine, Top Lawyer in Louisville, 2006
Kentucky Super Lawyers® Honoree, 2007 – 2011, 2013 – 2020
- Kentucky Public Service Com’n v. Com. ex rel. Conway, 324. S.W.3d 373 (Ky. 2010)
- Public Service Com’n v. Com., 320 S.W.3d 660 (Ky. 2010)
Since 2009, Kendrick has served as lead counsel in nine gas and electric base rate cases before the Kentucky Public Service Commission and seven electric base rate cases before the Virginia State Corporation Commission that resulted in the approval of changes in electric or gas base rates.
Investor-owned Public Utility
In 2007, Kendrick provided regulatory advice on fuel adjustment clause policy issues to an investor-owned, publicly traded electric utility in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Early Lease Termination
From 2007 through 2009, Kendrick served as lead regulatory counsel for a utility holding company in a major regulatory matter before the Kentucky Public Service Commission that involved the early termination of a 25-year facility lease with a generation and transmission cooperative corporation and 10-year power supply contracts for two large industrial customers. In April 2007, the utility holding company and cooperative corporation agreed to the early termination of the lease. Almost two years later, after months of investigation, the Kentucky Public Service Commission approved the transaction, which closed in mid-2009.
In 2006, Kendrick was state regulatory counsel for two wireless carriers in connection with an arbitration proceeding initiated by rural telephone cooperatives concerning interconnection agreements.
Electric Utilities Counsel
From 2003 to 2006, Kendrick was lead state regulatory counsel for two electric utilities in connection with their successful and complete withdrawal from the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator.
From 2002 to 2004, Kendrick was state regulatory and litigation counsel for a telecommunication backbone carrier in connection with real estate, right-of-way, municipal law and regulatory issues.
Utility Rate Litigation
Following four years of litigation, Kendrick obtained a favorable published decision from the Kentucky Supreme Court involving the constitutionality of a ratemaking statute in Kentucky Industrial Utility Customers, Inc. v. Kentucky Utilities Co., 983 S.W.2d 493 (Ky. 1998).
Defense of Consumer Rate Complaints
From 1998 to 2000, Kendrick was lead counsel on applications for alternative methods of regulation and in defense of consumer rate complaints before the Kentucky Public Service Commission.
Modification of 15-Year State Precedent
In 1993, Kendrick obtained a favorable decision from the Virginia State Corporation Commission involving outdoor lighting to general service customers in Case No. PUE 910079 (1993), modifying a 15-year state precedent.
From 1991 to 1993, Kendrick was case manager and trial counsel for Virginia Power’s three successive base rate cases, which involved approximately $500 million in interim rates and requested relief.
Gas Storage Field Litigation
Kendrick obtained a favorable decision from the Kentucky Court of Appeals involving an oil and gas storage lease in Oliver v. Lou. Gas & Elec. Co., 723 S.W.2d 509 (Ky. App. 1987).
In 1990, Kendrick obtained a favorable decision involving the terms of gas storage field lease in Huff v. Lou. Gas & Elec. Co., No. 89-CA-771 (Ky. App. 1990). (Opinion not published).
Kendrick successfully argued to the Kentucky Public Service Commission that it should allow full intraLATA competition in “In the Matter of: In Re IntraLATA Toll Competition,” 110 PUR4th 414 (March 28, 1990).
Invalidated Minimum Price Laws
Kendrick served as a member of the litigation team that successfully invalidated minimum price laws in Kentucky Milk Mktng. & Antimonopoly Comm’n. v. Kroger Co., 691 S.W.2d 893 (Ky. 1985).
Workers’ Compensation Reversal of Opinion
Kendrick obtained a decision from the Kentucky Supreme Court that reversed the Kentucky Court of Appeals and affirmed a decision by the Workers’ Compensation Board in Paramount Foods, Inc. v. Burkhardt, 695 S.W.2d 418 (Ky. 1985).
Class Action Litigation Defense – Appellate
From 1983 through 1986, Kendrick obtained favorable decisions from the trial court, the Court of Appeals, the Kentucky Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court concerning a class action suit against CATV operators and local utilities for trespass in Michaels et al. v. Times Mirror Cable Television et al., Circuit Court No. 83-CI-07641, aff’d, Kentucky Court of Appeals No. 85-CA-1081, aff’d on other grounds, Supreme Court of Kentucky, No. 86-C-123, cert. denied, United States Supreme Court. (Opinions not published)
- Trends and Projections in Electric Supply and Demand, panel moderator, Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, KY, Oct. 18, 2017
- Using Affiliates for Non-Electric Products and Services, co-speaker, The Prime Group, LLC’s 2008 Electric Cooperate Rate Conference, Louisville, KY Oct. 29, 2008
- Law Seminars International Utility Rate Case Conference, speaker, Las Vegas, NV Feb. 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, Kentucky Sep. 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, Kentucky Oct. 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, Florida Jan. 27, 2006
- Electric Power Issues: The Brave New World: Real Time Energy Markets, moderator, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation 29th Annual Mineral Law Conference, Lexington, Kentucky Oct. 14, 2004
- State Regulation and Ratemaking, guest lecturer, University of Kentucky, College of Law, Energy Law Class Nov. 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, Kentucky Oct. 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 Carolina Jun. 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 Carolina Nov. 18-19, 2002
- State Regulation and Ratemaking, guest lecturer, University of Kentucky, College of Law, Energy Law Class Nov. 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, Kentucky Oct. 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, Ohio, Sep. 10-11, 2001
- Acquisitions of U.S. Energy Companies by Foreign Investors, speaker, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation’s Electric Power Industry Special Institute, Columbus, Ohio Jun. 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, Colorado Feb. 11-13, 1998
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