John E. Selent


Nothing is more exciting for John than working closely with a client who’s starting or growing a business. He relishes counseling business owners and watching as the ideas they’ve invested themselves in flourish into profitable entities with growing workforces that provide for their communities.

One of those clients was Bluegrass Cellular, who John represented for more than 20 years. "The relationship has been such that it really goes back to the trust and confidence that the firm is looking out for your business needs. The strength was with the relationship with John – he’d give legal and business perspective of our needs so we could make the decisions and move forward," said Ron Smith, former president and CEO of Bluegrass Cellular. " We stayed with Dinsmore because of that trust. We established a relationship that became a friendship. We would hold our yearly strategic planning meetings and invite John to our dinners in the evening because we wanted him there – he was a friend," Smith added.

A past member of Dinsmore’s Board of Directors and current member of the firm’s LGBTQ Affinity Group, John focuses his practice on administrative law and commercial litigation, with a special emphasis on telecommunications and public utility law. He frequently represents clients in regulatory and commercial disputes before state and federal courts, state public utility commissions, and other administrative agencies. He also provides counsel with respect to regulatory and general corporate matters arising in the conduct of commercial operations in the telecommunications, energy, and banking industries.


  • University of Notre Dame Law School  (J.D., 1980)
  • Bellarmine College  (B.A., 1977)

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky


  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • University of Louisville, Antitrust Law, adjunct professor
  • Bellarmine University, Board of Overseers
  • Urban Renewal Committee of the City of Louisville, past member and chairman
  • GuardiaCare, past Board of Directors
  • Kentucky Public Service Commission, Tariff Regulation Advisory Group
  • Actors Theatre of Louisville, Board of Directors
  • Louisville Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Electric Cooperative Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers® 
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Louisville for Communications Law (2016; 2018; 2020)
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Louisville for Administrative/Regulatory Law (2021)
    • Administrative, Regulatory and Communications Law 
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® 
  • "Top Lawyers” by Louisville Magazine (2013, 2016)