Ashley W. Ward

Ashley Ward has practiced in the Lexington office's Torts and Insurance Service Group since 1986 and is a 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 News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Negligent Security Issues on College Campuses

presented at Vanderbilt University and Spalding University
Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
Firm Leadership

Torts & Insurance Service Group, Co-Leader

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
Community Involvement

Eastern Kentucky University, Board of Regents (2021-27)

Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County, Board of Directors

More Than 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.

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).

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

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)

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Practice and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2007-22)

Best Lawyers in America®, Lexington Area Lawyer of the Year for Appellate Practice (2015, 2017 and 2021)

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

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2007-22)

Benchmark Litigation magazine, Litigation Star (2015-22)


Highly recommend Ashley Ward at Stites & Harbison for this work [Personal Injury Litigation]. He's a great attorney and easy to work with.

- This comment was collected as part of the U.S. News — Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" research process. (2018-19)
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