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.
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).