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DAVID S. SAMFORD gained a diversity of experience working in private practice and government service over the years. David began his professional career as a law clerk to Henry R. Wilhoit, Jr., who was then presiding as the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Following his clerkship, David gained experience in private practice representing the unregulated business units of utilities. David returned to government service – this time for the Commonwealth of Kentucky – as a Special Advisor and chief speechwriter to Governor Ernie Fletcher and then as Executive Director of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Legal Services. While at the Transportation Cabinet, David managed a staff of over thirty legal professionals and supervised the work of dozens of firms serving as outside counsel.

David returned to work in the field of utility law when he assumed the role of General Counsel and Policy Advisory to the Kentucky Public Service Commission. During his tenure at the Commission, David personally and successfully defended the agency in several cases before the Kentucky Court of Appeals and Kentucky Supreme Court. In 2010, he successfully argued three separate and important cases relating to the nature and scope of the Commission’s statutory authority before the Kentucky Supreme Court – including two on the same morning.

As General Counsel, David supervised a staff of twelve utility law attorneys and three support staff and participated in virtually every category of case brought before the Commission, including rate cases, certificates of public convenience and necessity (CPCN), utility financing applications, telecommunications and cell tower siting, utility mergers and acquisitions, establishing regulatory assets, rate surcharges, demand side management and energy efficiency incentives, environmental surcharges, accelerated replacement of utility infrastructure, fuel adjustments and gas cost adjustments, abandonments, territorial disputes and customer complaints. David was also involved in cases brought before the Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission Siting which considers all applications to construct major merchant power plants and transmission lines in the Commonwealth.

As Policy Advisor for the Commission, David was heavily involved in issues relating to utility rates and services, emerging clean coal technologies, development of legal issues relating to carbon capture and storage, and the thoughtful deployment of smart grid technology. He frequently appeared before legislative committees and provided technical counsel on legislation ranging from telecommunications deregulation to low-income home energy assistance programs to Kentucky’s policy on nuclear power facilities. David also generally advised the Commission on matters of energy policy, utility law, agency jurisdiction, administrative procedures, litigation, regulatory enforcement and compliance, personnel law, open records and document retention law and utility audits. When called upon to do so, David personally briefed two Governors, several members of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation, and all of the legislative leaders and energy committee chairmen of the General Assembly – and their staffs – on important utility matters and policies affecting the Commonwealth.

David was promoted to be the Deputy Executive Director of the Commission by Governor Steve Beshear. In that role, David helped manage a staff of approximately 100, including many professionals in the fields of finance and accounting, engineering and law. He also helped manage and supervise the Commission’s docket, budget performance and personnel processes. In addition, David routinely worked with executives in other agencies of state government on issues and matters of mutual interest to their respective agencies.

Prior to establishing Goss Samford, PLLC, David worked as a Counsel in the business combinations practice group at a large Lexington law firm.

Outside of work, David and his wife, Cheri, live in Lexington with their two young children. Both David and Cheri are actively involved in the Hill-n-Dale Christian Church. Outside of work and church, David is an avid reader and particularly enjoys reading books about history and biographies. David and his family enjoy traveling and are currently on a quest to visit all fifty states.

Favorite Professional Achievement:

  • Successfully arguing two different cases before the Kentucky Supreme Court on the same morning.

Admitted to Practice Before:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western
  • Districts of Kentucky
  • All Kentucky Courts

Judicial Clerkship:

  • Hon. Henry R. Wilhoit, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (2000-2002)


  • J.D. – University of Kentucky (2000)
  • B.A. – University of Kentucky (1996)

Mr. Samford has published the following articles and scholarly notes:

  • “Carbon Capture and Storage — Seven Unanswered Questions,” 99 Kentucky Law Journal Online 23 (2011).
  • “When Being Good Isn’t Good Enough,” Corporate Compliance Insights (2010).
  • “Reforming Reform – Kentucky’s Campaign Finance Laws in Transition,” Bench & Bar, Vol. 72, No. 4 (2008).
  • “Cutting Deals in Smoke-Filled (Free) Rooms: A Case Study in Public Choice Theory,” 87 K.L.J. 845 (1999).

Mr. Samford has given several presentations on energy issues, including:

  • Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives – “Update on 911 Emergency Telephone Service Funding Issues” (2013).
  • University of Kentucky Power & Energy Initiative of Kentucky – “Monopolies & Regulators – The Retail of Pricing of Electricity in Kentucky” (2012).
  • Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives – “Overview of EPA Regulations Affecting the Cooperative Community,” (2011);
  • University of Kentucky College of Engineering – “Legal Aspects of Telecommunications Deregulation,” (2010);
  • Harrodsburg Rotary Club – “Emerging Energy Issues,” (2010).

Published Cases:

  • City of Lancaster v. Garrard County Fiscal Court, ___ S.W.3d ___ (Ky. App. 2014).
  • Kentucky Public Service Commission v. Shadoan, 325 S.W.3d 360 (Ky. 2010).
  • Kentucky Public Service Commission v. Commonwealth of Kentucky, ex rel. Conway, 324 S.W.3d 373 (Ky. 2010).
  • Kentucky Public Service Commission v. Commonwealth of Kentucky, 320 S.W.3d 660 (Ky. 2010).
  • Kentucky Public Service Commission v. Hardin & Meade County Property Owners for Co-Location, et al., 319 S.W.3d 397 (Ky. 2010).
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky, ex rel. Stumbo v. Kentucky Public Service Commission, 243 S.W.3d 374 (Ky. App. 2007).

Mr. Samford has served as:

  • Member of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance
  • Director of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College
  • Elder and Deacon of Hill-n-Dale Christian Church
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