Honors & Awards
KY Single Point of Contact to U.S. Trade Representative, 2005-2010
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2004
US Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section 1999
Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont, J.D., 1999
- Law Review: Vermont Law Review, Member, 1997 - 1999
Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont, M.S.E.L., 1999
- Environmental Scholar Award
United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) Development Law Service, Rome, Italy, Visiting Scholar, 1998
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
- Graduate Research Assistant - 1996
- Honors: Dean's List
- Major: Evolutionary Ecology
Centre College of Kentucky, Danville, Kentucky, B.S., December, 1994
Jason R. Bentley knows that some matters benefit most from a multidirectional approach. As both an attorney with McBrayer and a lobbyist with our affiliate MML&K Government Solutions in Frankfort, he has seen the issues faced by utilities and energy industry businesses from a wide variety of angles.
Jason began his career in government as one of several Committee Counsel for what is now the Energy & Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives, frequently in the middle of high-stakes negotiations between powerful D.C. trade associations. This experience created an opportunity to move his family back to Kentucky, first as General Counsel and Policy Advisor to the Kentucky Public Service Commission, then as Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy and the Kentucky Single Point of Contact U.S. Trade Representative. From there, Jason went on to represent the interests of energy and utility companies, learning the inner-workings of their businesses firsthand. With this diverse array of perspectives, Jason crafts well-informed and effective solutions for his clients’ problems, often involving a combination of strategies from both the legal and government relations sides of his work.
Jason knows well that with energy and utilities projects come many challenges, and he helps facilitate timely resolution of complex regulatory issues and is committed to staying up to date with the ever-evolving rules, regulations, and technologies of the industry in order to deliver cutting edge legal and policy advice to his clients. Matters with which he assists clients include regulatory energy and environmental issues, including government fines, energy project development and siting, transportation and transmission, permitting and regulatory compliance, property rights, energy contracts and supply, commercial development, recycling issues, and water and air quality issues.
In his free time, Jason enjoys golfing, gardening, fishing, and hunting. He also volunteers his time to youth soccer programs with his children, including serving as the President of the Bluegrass Soccer Club from 2016 to 2021. Having played soccer himself through college and beyond, Jason wants to pass along the values he finds so important in team sports: work ethic, sportsmanship, commitment, and what it means to be a good teammate.
Additional Practice Experience
- Kentucky Bar Association, Member
- Energy Bar Association, Member
- Vermont Law Review, Member
- U.S. Trade Representative, Kentucky Point of Contact, 2006 to Present
- Bluegrass Soccer Club, Board President
News & Insights
- Examining the Role of Potentially Responsible Parties in Natural Resources Damages Claims, Vermont Law Review, 23 VT. L. REV. 431, 1998