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P. Douglas Barr

Managing Director, Lexington

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.

Education
Ohio State University
1983, J.D., with Honors
University of Kentucky
1980, B.A., High Distinction
Admissions
Kentucky
Ohio
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for Arizona
U.S. District Court for Kansas
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court for Maryland
U.S. District Court for Massachusetts
U.S. District Court for West Virginia
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
United States Supreme Court

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent™Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, General Commercial; Intellectual Property, 2013 - present
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2006 - present
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Intellectual Property
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
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Affiliations

  • Commerce Lexington, Board of Directors
  • Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Shriners Hospital for Children (Lexington), Corporate Council
  • Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, board of directors, 2007-2010
  • Trial Law Institute
  • Diversity Law Institute
  • American Law Firm Association, 1999-2005; 2014-present
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Fellow
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
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Work Highlights

Defense of Coal Companies

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...

Unfair Competition/Trade Secrets Litigation

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...

Defense of Lanham Act Claims

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...

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