Kendrick is a Member in the Louisville office and has been with Stoll Keenon Ogden since 1993. The leader of the Utility and Energy Practice Group, Kendrick also serves as Vice Chair of the firm's Board of Directors. He routinely appears before state and federal commissions and courts representing energy and telecommunications clients. Kendrick has 30 years of experience with adversary proceedings and alternative dispute resolutions involving complex energy issues, rate mechanisms, mergers and acquisitions, customer service disputes and construction of generation and transmission facilities.
Kendrick's many legal accomplishments include serving as lead regulatory counsel for the two largest investor-owned electric and gas utilities in five significant electric and gas base rate cases before the Kentucky Public Service Commission in the last fourteen years, the most recent of which resulted in approval of an unanimous settlement agreement between nine different consumer groups, representing the diverse interests of industrial, commercial, public schools, municipals and low-income customers of a $99.7 million increase in electric and gas retail rates.
In addition, over the last ten years Kendrick has appeared regularly before the Virginia State Corporation Commission in cases involving base rate increases, fuel factor changes, financings, rulemakings and other matters involving investor-owned electric utility regulations.
Kendrick also provided general legal strategic advice and served as lead regulatory counsel for obtaining all state regulatory approvals in connection with a series of four mergers or acquisitions involving the two largest investor-owned electric and gas utilities in Kentucky and Virginia.
Since 1993, Kendrick has served as lead regulatory counsel for environmental surcharge applications for one or obht of the two largest investor-owned electric utilities in Kentucky.
Kendrick was chosen as a BTI Client Service All-Star and was the only Kentucky attorney lsited in 2012 and 2013. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, recognized by Chambers USA, and is honored as a Kentucky Super Lawyer. Active in many professional organizations, Kendrick is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar Association and is a member of the board of directors for the Energy Bar Association.
In March 2006, Mr. Riggs was recognized in and described by Louisville Magazine© as a Top Lawyer in Louisville, Kentucky.
Married with two children, he stays involved in the Louisville community by serving as a Board Member for Greater Louisville Inc. He served for 15 years in various adult leadership positions with the Boy Scouts of America, including Assistant Scout Master. In his free time, he currently enjoys triathlons and backpacking.
Midwest Independent System Operator
From 2003 to September 2006, lead counsel for the utilities in connection with the Kentucky Public Service Commission’s In the Matter of: Investigation into the Membership of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company in the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Case No. 2003-00266, resulting in favorable decision on May 31, 2006 allowing the companies to withdraw from the Regional Transmission Operator.
Electric and Gas Base Rate Cases — Served as lead counsel on the two largest investor-owned electric utility companies in Kentucky. Applications for approval of increased electric and gas base rates with the Kentucky Public Service Commission filed in January 2010. Lead negotiator of a stipulation among industrial, commercial, federal installations, schools and low or fixed income customers and presented to the Commission for approval. In July 2010, the Commission issued orders approving a $189 million increase in electric and gas base rates.
2009 Unwind Transaction
Mr. Riggs served as lead regulatory counsel for E.ON U.S. LLC in significant transaction before the Kentucky Public Service Commission. The matter involved the early termination of a 25-year facility lease with Big Rivers Electric Cooperative and 10-year power supply contracts for two large industrial customers. In April 2007, E.ON U.S. and Big Rivers agreed to end the lease early. Almost two years later, after many months of investigation and hearings, the Kentucky Commission approved the transaction, which closed in mid-2009.
2010 Merger and Acquisition of Utility Companies — In 2010, Mr. Riggs was lead counsel for all state regulatory approvals in connection with a $7.6 billion acquisition of the two largest investor-owned electric utility companies in Kentucky.
Amicus Counsel — Mr. Riggs served as amicus counsel in Public Service Comm'n v. Com. ex rel. Conway, 2010 WL 4146185 (Ky. 2010), and in Public Service Comm'n v. Com., 320 S.W.3d 660 (Ky. 2010).