Overview

Kent is a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and a member of the litigation practice group.  His practice is focused on business and commercial litigation.  Kent has significant experience representing clients in complex commercial, banking, insurance, construction, employment, ERISA and shareholder derivative and fiduciary duty litigation.  

Career Highlights Include:

  • obtaining summary judgment on behalf of outside directors against claims for breach of fiduciary duty, with claimed damages in excess of $30 million
  • successfully defending former executives against claims for breach of fiduciary duty, violation of non-compete agreements, tortious interference, trademark infringement and conversion
  • serving as co-counsel in successful defense to jury of multimillion-dollar will contest
  • defeating class certification on behalf of large automobile parts supplier in sexual harassment lawsuit
  • prosecuting claims to enforce rights in chattel paper and obtaining a multimillion-dollar settlement
  • successfully defending a large financial institution in multi-million dollar and multi-jurisdictional litigation involving more than 12 separate actions
  • obtaining multi-million dollar judgment on behalf of large financial institution on breach of contract claims
  • successfully defending large financial institution on lender liability claims on multiple occasions
  • obtaining dismissal on behalf of large financial institution in an action alleging losses over $100 million as a result of alleged breach of contract
  • successfully defending large financial institution and outside board of director against claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and unjust enrichment
  • obtaining dismissal on behalf of large gasoline distributor of claims for fraud, conversion and breach of contract
  • successfully defending large health insurer against ERISA claims on multiple occasions
  • successfully defending large municipality against construction bid protests on multiple occasions
  • successfully defending large life insurer in various putative class actions in state and federal court against claims for bad faith
  • successfully defending Fortune 100 company against breach of contract claims with alleged damages in excess of $1 million

Kent received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and his B.S. from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

Kent has presented on the issues of alternative dispute resolution, law for design professionals in Ohio, fundamentals of construction law, construction contracts, public competitive bidding and contracting in Ohio, ESI and e-discovery, lender liability and consumer financial services law.

Honors & Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America, Cincinnati Litigation - ERISA “Lawyer of the Year,” 2019

The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2008-2023; Litigation - ERISA, 2012-2023; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; 2023; Litigation - Health Care, 2023; Litigation - Construction, 2012-2018

Ohio Super Lawyers, General Litigation, 2014-2022

Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars, General Litigation, 2005-2007, 2010-2011

Leading Lawyer Business Litigation, Cincy Magazine, 2009-2014

Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Class X, 2006

Professional & Community Activities

Cincinnati Bar Association, Member

Cincinnati Bar Association, Board of Trustees (2014-present)

Cincinnati Bar Association, Character and Fitness Committee, Member, Chair (2010-2009), Chair-Elect (2009-2008); Vice-Chair (2008-2007); Secretary (2007-2006); Nominating Committee (2014-present)

Federal Bar Association, Member

American Bar Association, Litigation and Construction Sections, Member

Potter Stewart American Inn of Court – Master of the Bench

Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL) Class X, 2006

Street Law, Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, Teacher

Cincinnati Friends of e-discovery, Member

St. Mary (Hyde Park), Member; St. Mary Athletic Commission President (2008-2011, 2015), Vice President (2014); Member, Long Range Planning Committee; Chair, Facilities Task Force Subcommittee; Head Football Coach (2011-2013), Head Girls Basketball Coach (2005-2011)

Vorys ArtsWave Campaign Chair, Cincinnati Office (2011-present)

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Education

University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1997

Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, B.S., 1994

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
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