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Kendrick R. Riggs

Member, Louisville

Kendrick is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Louisville office. He chairs both the firm’s Administrative Law/Regulated Industries Department and its Utility & Energy practice group and has served as vice chair of the firm’s board of directors since 2006. He joined Stoll Keenon Ogden in 1993.

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 two of Kentucky’s largest investor-owned energy companies in state regulatory matters for nearly his entire career. He has served as lead regulatory counsel in 23 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 twenty years in cases involving ten base rates, nineteen 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

  • BTI Client Service All-Star, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2020
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® since 1995
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 1997-present
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2017, 2019
  • 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®, 2007-2011 and 2013-present
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Affiliations

  • Energy Bar Association, Board Member, 2009-2012
  • Energy Bar Association Southern Chapter, Vice President, 2007
  • Energy Bar Association East Central Chapter, President, 2001-2002
  • Energy Bar Association Southern Chapter, Board of Directors, 2003-2012
  • Energy Bar Association State Commission Practice and Regulation Committee, Chair, 2005-2007
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Trustee at Large, 2001-present
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Executive Committee, Member, 2004-2006

    Civic Leadership:

  • Louisville Legal Aid Society, Chairman of Board of Directors, 2018-present; 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
  • Boy Scout Troop 317, Assistant Scoutmaster, Christ Church United Methodist, 2002-2009
  • 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
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Work Highlights

Amicus Counsel

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)

Rate Cases

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.

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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, 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, 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