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Michael Denbow

Michael Denbow

Michael Denbow is a member (partner) in the Louisville office. Michael focuses his practice on White Collar Criminal Defense and other government and regulatory matters. He handles matters in federal and state courts throughout the southeast and represents clients when dealing with such government entities as the Department of Justice, the FBI, the SEC, and the CFPB, among others. Michael also routinely represents professional athletes and entertainers in contract negotiations, business advice, and litigation matters. 

Recent Representations

  • Obtained a non-prosecution agreement for individual client in an oil and gas fraud matter out of the Southern District of Georgia
  • Represented a large corporate client in a federal antitrust investigation from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice
  • Negotiated an athletic shoe and apparel contract on behalf of NBA player
  • Represented a large corporate client in response to multiple federal grand jury subpoenas in a large money laundering investigation in the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Obtained a directed verdict in a DUI trial in Kentucky state court
  • Successfully obtained a temporary restraining order against the Kentucky High School Athletic Association ("KHSAA"), allowing a previously declared ineligible student athlete to compete during his senior basketball season
  • Represented minority contracting company in federal false claims criminal investigation
  • Represented casino consulting firm in federal grand jury investigation and before NIGC
  • Represented Kentucky Commonwealth Attorney sued for malicious prosecution
  • Represented a national client in an SEC insider trading investigation.
  • Represented state's largest hospital system in false claims act litigation
  • Represented numerous doctors in criminal investigations and in front of professional license boards
  • Represented Durable Medical Equipment (DME) in false claims act litigation
  • Represented large road contractor in Department of Justice antitrust litigation
  • Defended litigation against a nationwide insurance company in a class action lawsuit
  • Represented out-of-state law firm sued for malpractice over the creation of a trust

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

  • "Responding to and Defending Governmental Investigations: What to Do When the Government 'Knocks' On Your Door," Blueprint for the Future: Drafting a New Plan for Health Care, Kentucky Hospital Association 89th Annual Convention, Lexington, KY, May 2018
  • "Practical Implications and Concerns of the Criminal Referral Process," 2017 Farm Credit System (FCS) Attorney's Conference, New Orleans, LA, September 2017
  • "Title Agencies Did Not Violate RESPA Affiliated Business Rule," with David B. Owsley IIRichard A. VanceT. Morgan Ward, Jr.The Title Insurance Law Newsletter, American Land Title Association, September 2017

More Than Stites & Harbison

Prior to joining Stites & Harbison, Michael worked at GE for three years as a program manager in the Warranty Management Division. Michael also participated in the firm's summer associate program in the summer of 2007. Outside of the practice of law, Michael and his wife, Ali, have four kids: Gracie, Jack, Henry, and George. While the kids account for most of his spare time, he still finds time to live and die with University of Kentucky football and basketball as well as the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Professional Accolades

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2013-18)

Louisville Magazine Top Lawyers (2016)

Community Involvement

  • St. Agnes Catholic Church, member
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, board member