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Ashley W. Ward

Ashley W. Ward

Ashley Ward has practiced in the Lexington office's Torts and Insurance Service Group since 1986 and is a former co-leader of that group. He has tried more than 20 jury trials to verdict. He focuses on product liability, personal injury, medical malpractice, telecommunications and contractual disputes. Ashley also has considerable experience litigating will contests and other fiduciary disputes.

Recent Decisions

  • KYSPED, LLC v. Virginia Surety Company, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 10443 (6th Circuit enforces alcohol exclusion in insurance policy against NASCAR race track)
  • Wilma Horn v. Ashland Hospital Corporation, 2014 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 596 (appellate court affirms defense verdict in medical malpractice trial)
  • Kathleen Imhoff v. Lexington Public Library Board of Trustees, 2016 Ky. App. LEXIS 7 (appellate court affirms plaintiff's waiver of arbitration provision by filing suit)

Recent Assignments

  • Successfully defended SuperAmerica convenience stores in several negligent security cases
  • Successfully upheld in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals BellSouth Telecommunication's statewide right of way charter
  • Obtained numerous defense verdicts for physicians at the University of Kentucky Medical Center
  • Obtained numerous defense verdicts for Kings Daughters Medical Center in malpractice cases

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Before Stites & Harbison

Upon graduation from law school, Ashley served as a law clerk for United States District Judge Scott Reed from 1984-86 in the Eastern District of Kentucky.

More Than Stites & Harbison

Ashley was inducted into the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) in 2014.  His civic and community involvement includes volunteer work for the Democratic Party and a member of the board of directors for the Urban League (Lexington).

Besides Stites & Harbison

Ashley enjoys golfing, hiking and attending University of Kentucky sporting events.

Professional Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Practice and Product Liability Litigation (2007-19)

Best Lawyers in America®, Lexington Area Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation–Defendants (2018)

Best Lawyers in America®, Lexington Area Lawyer of the Year for Appellate Practice (2017)

Best Lawyers in America®,  Lexington Area Lawyer of the Year for Appellate Practice (2015)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2007-18)

Benchmark Litigation magazine, Litigation Star (2015-19)

Community Involvement

  • Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County, Board of Directors

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