Douglas F. Brent is an experienced regulatory lawyer who has been with Stoll Keenon Ogden since 2003. He is the Co-Chair of the Privacy & Information Security practice and contributes his telecommunications expertise to several other practice groups at the firm.
Prior to joining SKO, Doug was in-house counsel to a global telecommunications carrier, giving him a keen perspective on issues faced by providers and business customers alike. For his efforts in helping clients navigate complex information security issues, on a regional and federal level, Doug has earned numerous professional recognitions.
Privacy & Information Security: Doug counsels business clients on how to avoid being targeted and sued for violating the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and also advises clients on data breach prevention and post-breach response strategy and compliance.
He is a frequent speaker on information privacy topics, including cybersecurity regulation and critical infrastructure protection. He is a past President of InfraGard Kentucky Members Alliance, a two-way information sharing exchange between the FBI and members of the public and private sector focused on protecting critical infrastructure of the United States.
Business Litigation: Doug represents competitive wireline, wireless, cable and information service providers involved in high-stakes litigation, such as inter-carrier disputes. He also works with industrial customers in managing conflicts with providers.
Class Action: Doug’s substantial litigation experience in the realm of telecommunications includes class-action lawsuits. In one case, Doug represented a class of more than 450,000 members in U.S. District Court to challenge overcharges/tariff violations by a regulated telecommunications carrier.
Tax-Related Disputes: Doug has substantial experience with telecommunications tax issues. He once served as counsel for a 175,000-member plaintiff class in U.S. District Court to challenge sales tax collection on broadband Internet access services provided by the incumbent local exchange carrier. The Court approved a settlement agreement totaling $8.2 million.
Utility & Energy: Building on his early career experience as an attorney for the Kentucky Public Service Commission, Doug represents the utility and energy industries on a range of issues before state commissions and courts. He also represents industrial customers in disputes with energy providers.
- University of Kentucky College of Law 1986, J.D.
- University of Kentucky 1982, B.B.A., Honors Program
- U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
- Federal Communications Bar Association
- Kentucky Bar Association
- Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeways Commission, commissioner
- InfraGard Kentucky Members Alliance, president
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