A member of Stoll Keenon Ogden since 1990, Doug serves as Managing Director and oversees operations for each of the firm’s five regional offices. He is responsible for driving the firm forward on its journey of achieving legal wins for clients in the Midwest, across the country and around the world.
Doug believes that growth at Stoll Keenon Ogden is best accomplished by hiring the right talent and ensuring each member has full opportunity to take the reins with respect to their practices. He draws on his extensive experience as a litigator and strategist to challenge members to lead the planning for clients, while staying ahead of constantly evolving needs.
Only the best legal minds can lead the brightest in the business, and Doug has earned this distinction in notable peer-review publications. Even as he guides the direction of the firm, Doug remains committed to serving clients in two of the firm’s most active practice groups:
Business Litigation: Doug has served as the lead trial counsel in numerous complex, high-stakes, “bet-the-company” cases involving business transactions and employment contracts.
Doug successfully defended clients in several major employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) lawsuits brought about by the U.S. Department of Labor. He has also won a favorable verdict for a client in a nationwide class action under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Intellectual Property: Business clients rely on Doug’s counsel in navigating the challenging terrain of intellectual property protection and enforcement. His expertise in this area is wide-ranging, including patents and inventions, trade secrets and confidential information, domain names, trademarks and copyrights, and other business interests.
In a patent infringement and antitrust case involving major companies in the artificial turf industry, his client won a summary judgment dismissing the claims, as well as an award of attorney fees in excess of $4.5 million.
Bessie Berry v. Cyprus, 989 F.2d 498, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and Weddington v. Cyprus, Kentucky Court of Appeals. Successfully defended a series of cases involving claims that coal companies trespassed and wrongfully removed coal from 24,000 acres of property in eastern Kentucky. Successfully defended cases on appeal.
Greif, Inc. v. MacDonald, et al., U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Case No. 3:06-CV-312-H. Co-lead trial counsel for the plaintiff in this case against a competitor, alleging common law unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, among other claims. After obtaining a temporary injunction for the plaintiff and successfully defending the defendants’ motion to dismiss, the parties reached a settlement.
Rare Breed Distilling v. Jim Beam Brands Co., U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Case No. 3:11-CV-292-H. Lead trial counsel for the defendant in this case in which the plaintiff alleged trademark infringement and unfair competition under the Lanham Act. In response, the defense filed counterclaims and sought injunctive relief.