- University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2009
Order of the Coif
- Transylvania University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2006
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Brent is a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and a member of the litigation group. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, cybersecurity and data privacy, qui tam and federal False Claims Act cases, ERISA, government procurement law, intellectual property law, and internet defamation. Brent has represented large corporations and individuals in both state and federal courts.
Notable experience includes:
- Serving as member of the trial team defending False Claims Act litigation in the Southern District of Ohio, involving alleged liability of more than $1 billion
- Representing and advising multiple corporate, banking, insurance, and non-profit clients on a variety of issues regarding data breach and cybersecurity law
- Defeated class certification on behalf of a third party administrator regarding alleged status of the client as an ERISA fiduciary and related alleged violations of ERISA
- Successfully served as lead counsel in a variety of coverage dispute matters for several insurance industry clients
- Successfully served as lead counsel in commercial litigation alleging fraud and conversion of property
- Conducting independent investigations for large corporate clients regarding regulatory compliance and potential litigation
- Successfully pursuing claims for defamation and obtaining removal of defamatory material from the internet
- Obtaining substantial recoveries, including seven-figure amounts, for clients in intellectual property and complex commercial litigation
- Successfully representing clients in multiple federal and state courts
Brent has presented on the issues of data security, privacy and data breach, and legal ethics in the area of cybersecurity to various groups, organizations, and governmental bodies, including the Kentucky legislature, the Kentucky Bar Association, the Kentucky appellate judiciary, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives.
Brent teaches intellectual property law – including patent, copyright and trademark law – as an adjunct professor at the Northern Kentucky University – Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
Brent received his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky College of Law and was a member of the Order of the Coif. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Transylvania University.
Professional and Community Activities
- Cincinnati Bar Association, Character and Fitness Committee, Member
- Kentucky Bar Association, Member
- Salmon P. Chase Inn of Court, Member
- 5/2/2017Whistleblower Defense Alert: The Third Circuit Confirms Broad Power of Escobar’s Materiality RequirementsOn May 1, 2017, the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) case in which the eelator had asserted that Genentech concealed information about side effects of its cancer drug, Avastin. U.S. ex rel. Petratos, v. Genentech Inc., et al., Case No. 15-3805 (3rd Cir. May 1, 2017).
- 12/19/2016Whistleblower Defense Alert: The Supreme Court Rejects Mandatory Dismissal of Relator Claims For Seal ViolationsOn December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down their second unanimous interpretation of the contours of the False Claims Act (FCA) in the last six months.
- 5/26/2015Whistleblower Defense Alert: Sixth Circuit Reaffirms Fair Market Value As Proper Measure of Damages, Vacates FCA Award of $657 Million to the GovernmentLast month, the Sixth Circuit reaffirmed the fair market value (FMV) standard as the primary measure of damages in False Claims Act (FCA) cases—and demonstrated the teeth of that requirement when evidence (including expert testimony) is not presented to support an FMV determination. United States v. United Technologies Corp., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 5476 (6th Cir. April 6, 2015), represented the culmination of a decades-long dispute between the government and United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney unit over pricing for engines supplied to the Air Force for use in its F-15 and F-16 aircraft.
- 7/1/2014Whistleblower Defense Alert: The Supreme Court Will Review Fourth Circuit Decision that Weakened the False Claims Act’s Statute of Limitations and First-to-File BarToday, the Supreme Court granted the petition for certiorari in Kellogg Brown & Root Servs., Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter. The petition presented two questions: (1) whether the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA) applies to claims of civil fraud brought by qui tam relators, and (2) whether the False Claims Act’s (FCA) first-to-file rule is an absolute bar or whether it permits subsequent actions so long as the first-filed action had been dismissed on non-merits grounds prior to filing of the subsequent action.