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J. Clarke Keller

J. Clarke Keller

Clarke Keller's practice focuses on defending Kentucky-area emergency medical service providers, product liability litigation and transportation law, including aviation, motor carriers and railroads. He serves as chair of the Business Litigation Group in the firm's Lexington office. He helped a start-up commercial enterprise obtain an FAA exemption and Certificate of Authorization to operate an unmanned aerial system (UAS) or drone, for commercial purposes.  Additionally, Mr. Keller also maintains a successful mediation practice, having effectively mediated hundreds of cases throughout his career. 

Recent Assignments

  • Was part of the Stites & Harbison trial team that obtained a favorable jury verdict for a major chemical corporation against multiple plaintiffs
  • Led team of attorneys defending a national workers' compensation carrier against allegations of claims mishandling in 21 states
  • Successfully defended the local airport board in litigation arising from a fatal aircraft accident
  • Obtained summary judgment on third-party complaint against client in helicopter accident litigation

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

  • "UAS/Drones: FAA Oversight and Insurance Issues," Stites & Harbison Thirsty Thursday networking event, Louisville, KY, May 18, 2017
  • "UAS/Drones and the FAA," 15th Annual Kentucky Environmental Conference, Lexington, KY, March 28, 2017
  • "The Drone Wars: Environmental Edition," with Jennifer J. CaveThe Goods, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, November 2016
  • "How to Prepare to Give Your Deposition," Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners/Nurse Midwives
  • "Top 10 Ways to Sabotage a Mediation," Fayette County Bar Association, Women Lawyers Group

More Than Stites & Harbison

Clarke was an officer and helicopter pilot in the U.S. Air Force from 1974-81 and served as a helicopter pilot in the Kentucky Army National Guard from 1983 to 1990. Mr. Keller recently completed eight years of service on the Board of Trustees for Lexington Catholic High School, two of those years as Chair, and is a member and lector of Christ the King Cathedral Parish. He's also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and past president of the Notre Dame Club of Central Kentucky.

Professional Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation and Mediation (2007-19)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2007-18)

Community Involvement

  • Christ the King Cathedral Parish, lector, member of St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Notre Dame Club of Central Kentucky, member and past president