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Robert M. Watt III

Of Counsel, Lexington

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 for a publicly traded gas utility to obtain approval of a merger; 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 a state racing regulatory agency in court proceedings upholding the constitutionality of a claiming race regulation; 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.

Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
1973, J.D., Distinction
Duke University
1969, B.A.
Admissions
Kentucky
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
United States Supreme Court

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2007-present
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Utilities, 2014-2017
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer, Utilities
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Affiliations

  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
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Work Highlights

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...

Reversal of Jury Verdict

SKO was retained after an estate suffered a jury verdict of $3.5 million based on alleged testamentary promises. SKO successfully obtained a complete reversal of the verdict in approximately six months.

Enforcement of Prohibited Substance Regulations

SKO represented a horse racing commission in connection with proceedings imposing penalties against a Thoroughbred horse trainer and a veterinarian for the possession of prohibited substances, including cobra venom and Carbidopa/Levodopa, on the premises of a race track. The trainer was suspended...

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