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. For 2019, he was named Lawyer of the Year in Communications Law by Best Lawyers in America .
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.
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Best Lawyers in America , Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2017, 2019
•Best Lawyers in America , 2011-present
•Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Information Technology Law and Privacy/Information Law, 2014
Class Action, Telecommunications and Consumer Protection
SKO acted 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 incumbent local exchange carrier. The Court approved settlement agreement in August 2007 that provided class members full refunds of...
Related Practices: Tax , Utility & Energy , Class Action , Business Litigation
Class Action, Telecommunications, Public Utility, Taxation & Consumer Protection
SKO represented a class of more than 450,000 members in U.S. District Court challenge to overcharges/tariff violations by regulated telecommunications carrier. We obtained summary judgment on federal overcharge claims for class members and protected class certification by defeating an...
Related Practices: Utility & Energy , Class Action , Business Litigation
Federal and State Regulation, Telecommunications
Obtained favorable ruling in interconnection dispute between major telecommunication carriers, prevailing before Sixth Circuit, District Court, and Kentucky Public Service Commission. BellSouth Telecomms., Inc. v. Goss, 142 Fed. Appx. 886 (6th Cir. 2005).
Related Practices: Utility & Energy
SKO Attorneys Recognized Among 2019 Best Lawyers in America, Aug. 15, 2018
SKO Attorneys Recognized Among Best Lawyers in America, Aug. 16, 2017
Best Lawyers in America Chooses 61 SKO Attorneys for 2017 Publication, Aug. 30, 2016
Twelve SKO Attorneys Named 2017 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers , Aug. 29, 2016
Cybersecurity Risks in the Supply Chain Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Adopts Rules to Promote Reliability of Electric Power Industry, July 29, 2016
“Are You at Your Desk?” The Simple Swindle that’s Harming Companies During Tax Season, Mar. 11, 2016
30 SKO Attorneys Named “Top Lawyer” by Louisville Magazine, Mar. 2, 2016
Golden Keys and Stingrays: A KnowledgeNet Panel Discussion on Electronic Privacy and Mobile Devices - November 18 at Greater Louisville, Inc., Nov. 11, 2015
Cybersecurity Alert: It’s Deja vu All Over Again, Sep. 29, 2015
Cybersecurity Alert: Businesses Victimized by a Cyber Attack May Have to Answer to Federal Regulators, Sep. 9, 2015
Court Rules Employers Liable for Poor Cybersecurity, Sep. 8, 2015
SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2016, Aug. 17, 2015
Show Us Your Cards: No Privacy Interest in Credit Card’s Magnetic Stripe, Aug. 12, 2015
Watch Your Pocket: You May Have Dialed Away Your Privacy, Aug. 10, 2015
Even an “Animal House” is a Home under the Fourth Amendment: Milam v. Commonwealth Confirms Privacy Protection for Chapter Houses, July 9, 2015
Wireless Privacy Update: One court rethinks what type of location data law enforcement may obtain without a warrant, June 17, 2015
When Can You Send an Unsolicited Business Fax without Violating a Federal Privacy Law?, June 15, 2015
Standards Agency Reminds Banks to Guard Against Theft and Devastation by Malware; Cybersecurity Assessment Tool Coming Soon, June 8, 2015
Aggressive Criminal Attacks Highlight Requirement for Banks to Update Security Measures for Online Banking, May 20, 2015
Legislative Session Closes Without Action on Digital Estate Planning: Thoughts on Facebook’s Plan to Fill a Gap Between Privacy and Fiduciary Law, Mar. 18, 2015
Amid Skepticism about Privacy and Cybersecurity Claims, Hotel Industry Withdraws its Request for Permission to Block Guests’ Personal Wireless Networks, Mar. 3, 2015
Why the Promise of the “Industry-Standard” in Data Protection May Be a Bad Idea: Lessons from the LinkedIn Privacy Class Action Settlement, Mar. 2, 2015
2015 Legislation Watch-Kentucky and Seven Other States Introduce Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Jan. 14, 2015
Preserving and Protecting Our Digital Afterlives: Upcoming Event to Reveal the Tension between Privacy & Fiduciary Law, Dec. 12, 2014
The Latest Foreign Cyberattacks on American Industry: Four Things Kentucky Businesses Should Know, Dec. 2, 2014
What Happens to Your Digital Life When You Die?, Nov. 24, 2014
SKO Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers , Aug. 18, 2014
SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2015, Aug. 18, 2014
How Ride Sharing Services Could Reshape the Transportation Industry in Kentucky, Aug. 3, 2014
Your Hard Drive is Not an Unlimited Time Machine for the IRS, says the Second Circuit, July 3, 2014
Privacy Alert: When must law enforcement get a warrant to use wireless location data against you?, July 1, 2014
Dirty Business: Why state law defamation claims fail against ISPs, June 23, 2014
Robo-Collectors Warned, Prepaid Customers Shielded: Two Federal Appeals Courts Address Personal Privacy Rights of Voice Service Customers, June 12, 2014
33 SKO Attorneys Named “Top Lawyer” by Louisville Magazine, Mar. 25, 2014
Stoll Keenon Ogden Facilitates Discussion on Privacy & Information Security, Jan. 22, 2014
SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2014, Aug. 19, 2013
61 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2013, Sep. 7, 2012
53 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2012, Sep. 6, 2011
SKO Attorney Recognized for Outstanding Service to the Community, Nov. 9, 2010
53 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2011, Aug. 6, 2010
Update on Cybersecurity Risks in the Supply Chain: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Adopts Industry Proposals to Safeguard Electric Power Industry, Oct. 19, 2018
Don’t Let Your Business Be Tomorrow’s Headline, Oct. 2, 2017
Breaking Spokeo’s Concrete Block to Stop Nuisance Callers: An Update on Privacy Lawsuits against Telemarketers, July 21, 2017
Your Vanishing Location Privacy: Why the Supreme Court is Giving Wireless Networks a Look, June 12, 2017
Did you forget to register your drone? We have important news for you., May 30, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court Rules Federal Arbitration Act Preempts Right to Jury Trial, May 18, 2017
FCC Waives Telephone Privacy Rule in Response to Threats Against Jewish Community Centers, Mar. 14, 2017
Unimpressed with Implausible and Trivial Risks, another Appeals Court Rejects Privacy Class Action against a Cable Television Provider, Jan. 27, 2017
In 2017, Resolve to Protect Your Privacy and Property Online, Jan. 5, 2017
Strengthening the Clay Feet of Cybersecurity, Dec. 12, 2016
No Harm, No Foul - Why Abstract Privacy Claims against Cable Providers Will Fail, Sep. 9, 2016
The Wicked Way Ransomware Can Get You in Regulatory Hot Water, Aug. 3, 2016
Stopping Opportunistic Telecommunications Privacy Claims with Help from the Supreme Court, June 1, 2016
Did Justice Alito Really Drop a Concrete Block on Fair Credit Reporting Act Misinformation Claims?, May 17, 2016
Why Are You Still Swiping in 2016? Demystifying Chip-Enabled Payment Cards, Jan. 29, 2016
Hear Ye! The Court May Be in Session for Cyber Breach Claims Against Victimized Retailers, Aug. 13, 2015
No Punishment for This Good Deed: Sixth Circuit says Preventing Identity Theft is a Legitimate Business Need that Justified a Good Faith Request for a Consumer’s Credit Report, June 4, 2014
Kentucky’s new cyber security statutes will change how you do business, Apr. 16, 2014
Issuer Banks v. Merchants: Who Will Win the Credit Card Fraud Battle?, Mar. 25, 2014
Copyright claims related to use of broadband-enabled services-Issues for cable operators, Kentucky Cable Telecommunications Association, 2016
Current Issues in Information Privacy Law, Louisville Bar Association Seminar, 2014
Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues for Utilities, Kentucky Rural Water Association Annual Conference, 2014
•Federal Communications Bar Association
•Kentucky Bar Association
•Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeways Commission, commissioner
•InfraGard Kentucky Members Alliance, president
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