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Ashley W. Ward

Ashley Ward has practiced in the Lexington office's Torts and Insurance Service Group since 1986 and is a former 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
Kentucky
Firm Leadership

Torts & Insurance Service Group, co-leader

Memberships
American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Federation Of Defense & Corporate Counsel
Community Involvement

Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County, Board of Directors

Education
Before 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.

More Than Stites & Harbison

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).

Besides Stites & Harbison

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)
Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell®AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Practice and Product Liability Litigation(2007-19)

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

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

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

Kentucky Super Lawyers®(2007-18)

Benchmark Litigation magazine, Litigation Star (2015-19)

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Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 42 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2019 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 33 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and nine attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 07, 2018
Press Releases

Benchmark Litigation 2019 Honors 15 Stites & Harbison Attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation names 11 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as “Litigation Stars” and four as “Future Stars” in Kentu...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 07, 2018
Press Releases

Best Lawyers in America honors 72 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 has recognized 72 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 49 areas of practice. For...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 16, 2018
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Benchmark Litigation honors 16 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation names 11 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as “Litigation Stars” and five as “Future Stars” in Kentucky.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 26, 2018
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Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 51 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2018 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 55 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 39 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and 12 attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 11, 2017
Press Releases

Best Lawyers in America honors 79 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 has recognized 79 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 51 areas of practice. The...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 17, 2017
Press Releases

Best Lawyers names 11 Stites & Harbison attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named 11 attorneys f...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 16, 2017
Client Alerts

U.S. Supreme Court Enforces Arbitration Clause in Kentucky Nursing Home Admission Documents

On May 17, 2017, the United States Supreme Court reversed a decision from the Kentucky Supreme Court in a 7-1 vote finding that the arbitration clause contai...
by Ashley W. Ward June 21, 2017
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 55 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2017 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 55 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and L...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 22, 2016
Press Releases

Benchmark Litigation honors 14 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation names 12 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as “Litigation Stars” and two as a “Future Star” in Kentu...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 16, 2016
Press Releases

Best Lawyers in America honors 74 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 has recognized 74 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 51 areas of practice. T...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 29, 2016
Press Releases

Best Lawyers names 16 Stites & Harbison attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named 16 attorneys f...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 24, 2016
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Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 64 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2016

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2016 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 64 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexingt...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 08, 2015
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Benchmark Litigation names 14 Stites & Harbison Litigation Stars and Two Future Stars for 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation names 14 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as “Litigation Stars” and two as “Future Stars” in Kentuc...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 03, 2015
Press Releases

Best Lawyers honors 72 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2016

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 has recognized 72 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 50 areas of pract...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 20, 2015
Press Releases

Super Lawyers honor Stites & Harbison's Kentucky Attorneys

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Super Lawyers names 52 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices for in...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 01, 2014
Press Releases

Benchmark Litigation names 15 Stites & Harbison Litigation Stars and two Future Stars

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation names 15 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as “Litigation Stars” and two as “Future Stars” in Kent...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 13, 2014
Press Releases

Best Lawyers names 16 Stites & Harbison attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2015

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named 16 a...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 22, 2014
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Best Lawyers honors 89 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2015

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 has recognized 89 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 57 areas of ...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 22, 2014
Press Releases

Ashley Ward inducted into Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) recently inducted Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Ashley Ward as a member of the org...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 18, 2014
Press Releases

Super Lawyers honors Stites & Harbison's Kentucky attorneys for 2013-14

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Super Lawyers names 53 Stites & Harbison attorneys in the Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices for inclusion on the 2013-14 Ke...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 17, 2013
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Eighty-nine Stites & Harbison attorneys honored by Best Lawyers in America for 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC, is pleased to announce that 89 of our attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 57 areas o...
by Stites & Harbison PLLC August 27, 2013
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Seventy-five Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in Best Lawyers in America

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison announced today that 75 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 55 areas of practice in ...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 12, 2011
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Seventy-two Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in "Best Lawyers in America"

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison announced today that 72 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 33 areas of practice in ...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 10, 2009