Doug joined Stoll Keenon Ogden in 1986 after three years of practice in Ohio. He has been a Member of the firm since 1990 and currently serves as Stoll Keenon Ogden's Managing Director. Doug is a litigator and is a key member and leader of the firm’s Business Litigation and Intellectual Property practice groups. Doug’s practice is focused on a wide range of complex business litigation including: patent infringement litigation and related patent litigation (including inventorship disputes); intellectual property licensing disputes; trademark infringement; trade secret litigation, including trade secret misappropriation and employee-related trade secret litigation; fiduciary litigation, including trusts and ESOP litigation; complex employment litigation; breach of contract litigation, including complex business transaction litigation unfair competition and antitrust litigation; and internet disputes, including domain name disputes.
Doug also advises business clients on intellectual property protection and enforcement strategies, including: non-competition agreements (non-compete); confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements and policies; data protection agreements and strategies; patent and invention assignments and intellectual property creation agreements; and trade secrets and confidential information protection and enforcement.
The nature of Doug’s practice necessarily includes significant involvement in restraining order and injunction litigation, including evidentiary hearings and appeals in connection with temporary injunctions and permanent injunctions.
Doug is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, recognized by Chambers USA and Benchmark Litigation and is honored as a Kentucky Super Lawyer for his many legal accomplishments. Doug has served as the lead trial counsel in numerous complex, high-stakes, “bet-the-company” cases. Doug successfully defended a company in an inventorship dispute against our client’s competitor and helped save our client’s most valuable intellectual property asset. He successfully prosecuted claims against English and French companies when certain patented technology led to the destruction of our client’s glass manufacturing furnace. He successfully defended a patent infringement and antitrust case between two major competitors in the artificial turf playing surfaces business (where our client won summary judgment dismissing the claims, as well as an award of attorney fees in excess of $4.5 Million). Doug also successfully defended clients in a major ESOP lawsuit brought by the Department of Labor and he has also successfully defended another client in a nationwide class action under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Doug is a member of the Fayette County, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Ohio, American and Federal Circuit Bar Associations. He served on the board of directors for Meritas Law Firms Worldwide. During his free time, he enjoys running marathons, bicycling, hiking, traveling, writing, cars and playing golf. Doug may be reached in the Lexington and Louisville offices.
Successfully represented client in claims for unfair competition and intentional and negligent misrepresentation against competitor companies. The claims involved complex issues relating to a patented air pollution control technology and governmental regulations relating to the same. A favorable settlement was reached with each of the defendants resulting in a multi-million dollar recovery for our client.
SKO regularly represents clients in the artificial turf surfaces industry regarding the review and analysis of patents in that industry. This representation involves performing detailed analyses and providing advice about whether our clients' and their competitors’ products are covered by the claims of various patents in the industry, as well as negotiating agreements with the owners of several of those patents.