Bob is Of Counsel in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Lexington office. He is a member of the Utility & Energy practice as well as the Business Litigation practice with a focus on Equine Litigation.
Bob concentrates his practice in utility regulation and business and complex commercial litigation. His areas of particular substantive experience include utility rate and other regulation, contract disputes, intentional torts, corporate law disputes, securities laws claims and lender liability claims. His practice also involves various aspects of the equine business, including litigation and administrative and regulatory matters. Bob is listed in the Best Lawyers in America, honored as a Kentucky Super Lawyer, recognized by Chambers USA and is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.
Bob's experience includes the following: Major state utility rate proceedings for both gas and electric utilities, including serving as counsel in a combination rate case that resulted in a $100 million annual increase in revenues for the utilities involved; serving as counsel for the largest private water organization in the United States in merger and divestiture proceedings before state utility regulatory authorities; serving as counsel successfully opposing an injunction to prevent the implementation of cutting edge horse racing medication regulations in Kentucky; serving as counsel for a state racing regulatory agency in the enforcement of regulations relating to prohibited substances against racing licensees; serving as counsel for minority shareholders exercising dissenters' rights in several bank mergers; serving as counsel and obtaining a defense verdict in a $35 million lawsuit by an automobile dealer against an automobile distributor.
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 obtained summary judgment upholding the constitutionality of the regulation, which was affirmed on appeal by the Kentucky Court of Appeals. The Kentucky Supreme Court accepted discretionary review. Following briefing, Steven argued the case before the Kentucky Supreme Court. In May 2016, the Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed the Kentucky Court of Appeals in the Commission’s favor in a unanimous published opinion.