Monica is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Lexington office and has been with the firm since 2009. She is a member of the Business Litigation practice with a focus on Intellectual Property Litigation, Business Torts, and Class Actions, as well as the Utility and Energy Practice. Monica’s litigation practice ranges from representing Fortune 500 companies to small, locally-owned businesses. She has experience in state and federal courts, and has had the rare honor of practicing before the United States Supreme Court in a case that determined who can bring claims under the Lanham Act, a federal trademark statute. In addition to intellectual property litigation, Monica has experience with breach of contract matters, antitrust issues, construction disputes, liens, banking litigation, eminent domain, constitutional law, and bond disputes.
As part of her Utility and Energy practice, Monica has represented investor-owned electric, water, and gas utilities in complex regulatory proceedings before the Kentucky Public Service Commission and Tennessee Regulatory Authority. Monica has extensive experience with rate proceedings and certificate of public convenience and necessity matters.
Monica is recognized as a “Leading Lawyer for Business” by Chambers USA in the area of Utilities Law, and as a Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of Energy & Resources. Additionally, she is a member of Benchmark Litigation’s “Under 40 Hot List.”
Monica is a member of the Fayette County and Kentucky Bar associations, in addition to being a member of the Fayette County Women Lawyers Association. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the Greater Bluegrass March of Dimes and enjoys spending time with her husband, Lucas, and her twins, Harrison and Claire.
Static Control Components, Inc., et al. v. Lexmark International, Inc., et al., Case No. 04-84-GFVT (E.D. Ky) (multiple published decisions)
This multi-party, complex litigation involved claims for, among other things, patent infringement, antitrust violations, and false advertising. SKO successfully argued the issue of standing to assert false advertising claims in front of the Supreme Court on December 3, 2013.
Margie Elstein v. Lexmark International, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 16-CI-02380 (Fayette Circuit Court)
SKO successfully represented Lexmark in successfully dismissing a proposed class action lawsuit claiming Lexmark’s merger was unfair to shareholders. A mere three days before the scheduled shareholder vote, an injunction hearing was held and the Court dismissed the lawsuit.
Jerry Jamgotchian v. Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, et al., Civil Action No. 11-CI-01047 (Franklin Circuit Court)
SKO represented the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in a dormant commerce clause challenge filed against it by a thoroughbred owner regarding an industry-standard regulation pertaining to the purchase of horses in claiming races. SKO successfully argued the case before the Kentucky Supreme Court and the Court ruled in the Commission’s favor in a unanimous published opinion.