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Whitney Frazier Watt

Whitney Frazier Watt

Since beginning her career at Stites & Harbison in 2003, Whitney has developed a wide-ranging litigation practice that includes product liability, toxic torts, mass actions, contract disputes, tortious interference, coverage disputes, and wrongful death. Whitney has taken and defended hundreds of depositions and made countless court appearances, including trials. An experienced defender of mass torts, she is currently responsible for managing a docket of over two hundred product liability cases brought by thousands of plaintiffs. Whitney’s practice requires daily vigilance and dedication to ensure that a large team of attorneys and paralegals is always focused on the client’s best interests. 

Recent Assignments

  • Litigation against a prominent appliances manufacturer
  • Management of serial litigation against a major manufacturer of respiratory protection products
  • Wrongful death, asbestos, and coverage litigation against a boiler inspection and insurance company
  • Breach of contract, retaliation, and tortious interference litigation against a mental health hospital system
  • Litigation against a large motor vehicle manufacturer related to claims arising from fire damage
  • Litigation against a supplier of chemicals and ingredients used in flavors, fragrances, food, and beverages
  • Trucking litigation, including scene investigation, against a large professional services provider

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

  • "Daubert: Trends and Statistics," with Emily Larish Startsman,  IADC Committee Newsletter, Product Liability, Second Edition, November 2017
  • "Trial Skills, Trial-Focused Discovery: What You Need & How to Use It," Speaker, ABA Women in Products Liability CLE, Philadelphia, PA, November 2016
  • "Chapter 2: Preparation for Trial & Organization of Trial Materials," Co-author, Kentucky Civil Practice at Trial, 3rd and 4th Editions, UK/CLE, 2008 and 2016
  • "Time for a Makeover: Newly Proposed Cosmetic Safety Litigation," ABA Products Liability Website, 2015
  • "Five Things Every Businesswoman Should Know About Contracts," MBA Women, 2015
  • "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Products Liability Year in Review," Speaker, ABA Joint Products Liability, Mass Torts, and Environmental CLE, Hollywood, Fla., January 2012
  • "Products Liability 2011: Year in Review," with J. Brittany Cross Carlson,  Co-author, ABA Joint Products Liability, Mass Torts, and Environmental CLE Materials, 2012
  • "50-State Survey on Statute of Limitations," Co-author, Kentucky section, American Bar Association, 2012
  • "Ethical Considerations for Using Technology in Your Practice," Moderator, ABA Women in Products Liability CLE, New York, NY, November 2010
  • "Avoiding Discovery Pitfalls - How to Manage Your Document Productions and Reviews in a Way that Will Satisfy Your Client and Win Your Case," Moderator, ABA Joint Products Liability, Mass Torts & Environmental CLE, Beaver Creek, Colo., January 2010
  • "Litigating in the Face of E-Discovery Rules: Post-Implementation Perspectives and Practice Tips," Moderator, ABA Women in Products Liability CLE, New Orleans, La., October 2007

Before Stites & Harbison

Ms. Watt was Managing Editor of the Kentucky Law Journal at the University of Kentucky College of Law. While in law school she served as an intern for the Honorable Joseph M. Hood, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

More Than Stites & Harbison

Whitney is a member of the National Association of Women MBAs Louisville Chapter (serving on the NAWMBA National Board of Directors from 2014-2016), Greater Louisville Outstanding Women, a networking and community-oriented organization, the Advisory Council for Dress for Success Louisville, an organization helping low-income women transition back into the workforce and a member of the board of regents for Whitehall House & Gardens.

Whitney is also an active member of the ABA Products Liability Committee and the International Association of Defense Counsel Products Liability Committee. She previously served as Chair of the ABA’s Women In Products Liability Committee (2013-2014) and as Editor-in-Chief of the ABA’s Products Liability Newsletter (2009-2012).

Besides Stites & Harbison

Whitney enjoys spending time with family and friends and volunteering with various community organizations.

Professional Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2015-18)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2013-14)

"Forty under 40" List, Business First of Louisville (2013)

Community Involvement

  • Greater Louisville Outstanding Women, Member
  • Whitehall House & Gardens, Board of Regents
  • Sacred Heart Preschool PTO, Vice President
  • Dress for Success Louisville, Advisory Council (former Board of Directors)