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Robert M. Watt III

Robert M. Watt III

Bob is among the attorneys at Stoll Keenon Ogden who have retired from the firm after many years of distinguished service. His successful career is testament to the strong foundation of experience that drives SKO’s Legal Horsepower™. If you require assistance with matters relating to Utility & Energy or Business and Equine Litigation, we invite you to visit our Contact Us page.

Bob was Of Counsel in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and joined SKO in 1983. He served clients through the Utility & Energy practice and Business Litigation practice, with a focus on cases involving individuals and groups in the equine industry.

In his energy practice, Bob’s substantive experience included his representation of utility companies in gas and electric rate proceedings and advising on operational matters, such as mergers and acquisitions.

A highlight of his work in the complex field of energy law was a combination rate case that resulted in a $100 million annual increase in revenues for a major utility in Kentucky. For the largest private water organization in the U.S., he provided representation in merger and divestiture proceedings before state utility regulatory authorities.

A notable example of his strengths as a litigator on behalf of entities in the equine industry was his success in opposing an injunction to prevent the implementation of cutting-edge horse racing medication regulations in Kentucky. Another significant case involved his representation of a racing regulatory agency in Kentucky that led to a decision by the court to uphold the constitutionality of a claiming race regulation.

For his many accomplishments over the course of his decades-long career at SKO, Bob was AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. He was also recognized by Best Lawyers in America® and Kentucky Super Lawyers®.

Robert M. Watt III

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 regulation pertaining to the purchase of horses in claiming races. SKO successfully argued the case before the Kentucky Supreme Court and the Court ruled in the Commission’s favor in a unanimous published opinion.

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 one year for the cobra venom violation and served his suspension. The veterinarian was suspended for five years for the cobra venom and Carbidopa/Levodopa violations and appealed the suspension to the Franklin Circuit Court. The Franklin Circuit Court affirmed the four-year cobra venom suspension and reversed the one-year Carbidopa/Levodopa suspension. Both the veterinarian and the commission appealed the order to the Kentucky Court of Appeals which reversed the cobra venom suspension.