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Robert M. Connolly

Robert M. Connolly

Bob Connolly serves as Chairman of the Firm.  He is based in the Louisville office and has been with the firm since 1980. He is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Section and the Torts & Insurance Practice Service Group.

Bob has tried more than 80 cases to jury verdicts in several states. He has also argued before every appellate court in the federal and state courts of Kentucky. His practice includes defending complex product liability claims and construction and commercial disputes. He has also had experience in administrative, OSHA, insurance, and admiralty claims. 

Bob also served as a Special Justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court, Greene, et. al. v. Commonwealth of Kentucky, Administrative Office of the Courts, et. al., 349 S.W.3d 892 (KY September 22, 2011).

Recent Assignments

  • Trial counsel for a major medical device manufacturer in multiple states
  • National counsel for a nation-wide construction company in corporate and litigation matters
  • Supervising trial counsel in mass tort litigation involving more than 2,000 plaintiffs in Kentucky

What Clients Say

. . . results oriented business litigator who is strategic, knowledgeable and gives great advice . . . highlighted for his strengths in construction and product liability disputes and also noted for wide-ranging experience in appellate proceedings.
- Chambers Commentary (USA), 2016
. . . an excellent and experienced trial lawyer.
- Chambers USA
. . . highly recommended by clients.
- Chambers USA

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More Than Stites & Harbison

Mr. Connolly is involved in a number of civic and charitable activities. He is past President of the Board of Directors of the Jefferson Street Baptist Church, a local homeless shelter dedicated to mentally ill and chemically dependent individuals. He is the past President of the Louisville Bar Foundation and a member of Downtown Louisville Rotary Club. Mr. Connolly is a past member of the Dartmouth Alumni Council. Mr. Connolly also enjoys skiing, backpacking and scuba diving.

Professional Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2004-19)

Best Lawyers in America®, Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation (2006-18)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2007-18)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Attorneys in the State (2012-15, 2017)

Community Involvement

  • Jefferson Street Baptist Church, Past President
  • Downtown Louisville Rotary Club, member

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