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Kendrick R. Riggs

Member, Louisville

Kendrick practices as Member from Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Louisville office, where he joined in 1993. He serves as the chair of SKO’s Administrative Law/Regulated Industries Department and Utility & Energy practice group. He also serves as the vice chair of the firm’s board of directors since 2006.

For nearly four decades, Kendrick has represented energy and telecommunications clients throughout Kentucky and Virginia. 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 construction of generation and transmission facilities.

Utility & Energy: In Kentucky, Kendrick has represented two of the largest investor-owned energy companies for nearly his entire career in state regulatory matters. He served as lead regulatory counsel in twenty-three electric or gas base rate cases and numerous rate mechanism cases. Beyond litigating and negotiating rate adjustments, he obtained all state regulatory approvals in connection with four multi-billion dollar mergers or acquisitions.

Kendrick presently serves as lead counsel in the approval of renewable power contracts involving one of the largest additive solar power facilities in Kentucky.

In addition, over the last sixteen years, Kendrick has appeared regularly before the Virginia State Corporation Commission in cases involving six base rates, fifteen fuel factor changes, four utility acquisitions, numerous financings and other matters involving an investor-owned electric utility company.

Practices
Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
1982, J.D.
Wittenberg University
1979, B.A., cum laude
Admissions
Kentucky
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

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® since 1995
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 1997-present
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2007-2011; 2013-present
  • BTI Client Service All-Star, 2012, 2013 and 2014 (only Kentucky attorney in 2012 and 2013)
  • Louisville Magazine, Top Lawyer in Louisville, Kentucky, 2006
  • Louisville Magazine, Top Lawyer, Administrative Law, 2012-present
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Utilities, since 2010
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Affiliations

  • BTI Client Service All-Star, 2012-2014
  • 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-present; Vice President of the Board of Directors (2016); member of the Board of Directors (May 2013 - 2015); Legal Aid Society Justice for All Campaign, Chair, 2011
  • Greater Louisville, Inc., Board Member, present; 2017 Planning Committee; Member of the Board of Directors (November 2003 - February 2006; February 2007- December 2019); Finance Committee (2014 - present)
  • 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

Amicus Counsel

Public Service Comm’n v. Com. ex rel Conway, 324 S.W.3d 373 (Ky. 2010).

Public Service Comm’n v. Com., 320 S.W.3d 660 (Ky. 2010).

Rate Case

Since 2009, Kendrick served as lead counsel in four electric base rate cases before the Virginia State Corporation Commission that resulted in the approval of increases in electric 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. (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

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News Publications Seminars
 "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, 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