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Monica Braun

Member, Lexington

Monica is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Lexington office and has been with the firm since 2009.

Monica is an experienced Member that untangles the regulatory process for her clients, both in administrative proceedings and in the courtroom.  With over a decade of experience in advising utilities, Monica understands the business of providing gas, electric, and water service and how to navigate legal challenges and regulatory requirements.  Monica also represents clients in other heavily regulated industries, including the equine industry.

Her experience includes:

  • Lead counsel in rate adjustment proceedings
  • Lead counsel in eminent domain lawsuits to secure property rights to construct utility infrastructure
  • Lead counsel in obtaining administrative approval of utility mergers and acquisitions
  • Multiple successful appellate cases involving key industry issues

Recent successes include:

  • Diebold v. Louisville Gas & Elec. Co., 2020 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 12 (Ky. App. 2020)
  • Horse Racing Comm'n v. Motion, 592 S.W.3d 739 (Ky. App. 2019)
  • Karem v. Ky. Pub. Serv. Comm’n, 2019 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 261 (Ky. App. 2019)

Outside of the office, Monica is a board member for the KY Market of the March of Dimes and volunteers her services to Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
2009, J.D.
University of Kentucky
2006, B.A.
Admissions
United States Tax Court
United States Supreme Court
Kentucky

Recognition

  • Benchmark Litigation,  Top Litigator Under 40, 2016-2018
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2021-present
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Utilities, 2014-2017
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, 2016-present
  • CALI Awards in Intellectual Property, Healthcare Organizations & Finance, Conflicts of Laws
  • Kentucky Law Journal Outstanding 3rd Year Staff Member
  • Luke Woodward Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy
  • Marshall Club Best Brief, Best Oral Argument, Best Overall Advocate awards
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Affiliations

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • FCBA Women Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Greater Bluegrass March of Dimes, Board Member
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Work Highlights

Patent Infringement, False Advertisement & Antitrust

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 argued the issue of standing to assert false advertising claims in front of the Supreme Court on December 3, 2013.

Shareholder Class Action

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.

Constitutional Law

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.

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News Publications Seminars
Legal Issues for Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors, Halfmoon Education Seminar, 2016