W. Brent Rice

W. Brent Rice

Member
Location:
Lexington, Kentucky
Phone:
859-231-8780
Fax:
859-231-6518
Email:

Mr. Rice is a founding partner of the firm's Lexington office and has spent more than twenty years developing its telecommunications group into one of the largest practices of its kind in Kentucky. He is a native of Richmond, Kentucky, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville School of Law. He practices in virtually every aspect of communications law, including regulatory, transactional, legislative and land use.

Mr. Rice has guided three Federal Communications Commission licensed wireless carriers in their initial build-outs and expansion of their networks throughout Kentucky. His group has obtained approvals before the Kentucky Public Service Commission and numerous local planning commissions for well over 2000 site locations. Brent has appeared before numerous legislative committees on behalf of wireless clients and helped shape crucial statutory provisions and regulations relating to site locating and construction of telecommunications facilities.

In addition, Mr. Rice has extensive experience in real estate finance and development.  He has developed broad expertise in this area of law having been a private developer of numerous commercial projects in Central Kentucky for well over 25 years.  His recent projects include representing the nationally acclaimed 21c Museum Hotel in securing its real property and certain financing in Lexington.  Additionally, Mr. Rice is a founding member of Grand Campus Communities, LLC which is developing a 16-acre student housing project near Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

Mr. Rice has served in numerous public service roles, including pro bono representation of various non-profit entities as well as serving as Co-Chairman of the Capital Campaign for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. In 2011, Mr. Rice was appointed by Lexington Mayor, Jim Gray to serve as Chairman of the Rupp Arena, Arts & Entertainment District Task Force, established to create a plan for the city’s future by the development of 46 acres of public property around the Lexington Center. Brent is a board member and Chairman of the Lexington Center Corporation, an agency of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government responsible for management and operations of Rupp Arena, the Lexington Convention Center, and the Lexington Opera House.  

Areas of Practice

  • Wireless Communications Law
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Real Estate Development

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1978

Education

  • University of Louisville School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1978
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • B.G.S. - 1975
    • Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa
    • Honors: National Leadership Society

Representative Clients

  • Verizon Wireless
  • T-Mobile USA, Inc.
  • Lightyear Network Solutions, Inc.
  • 21c Museum Hotel Lexington
  • Capital Telcom
  • Churchill Downs, Inc.
  • AT&T Corp.

Classes/Seminars

  • Wireless Communications Zoning Issues, Kentucky Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • BV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member, 1978 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Co- Chairman Capital Campaign, American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
  • Chairman of the Rupp Arena, Arts & Entertainment District Task Force, 2011 - Present
  • Board Member and Chairman, Lexington Center Corporation , 2013 - Present

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Delta Tau Delta