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Charles J. Cronan IV (Mike)

Mike Cronan is a member and former Managing Partner (1994-1997) of the firm. His practice focuses on civil litigation, with emphasis on business and complex litigation, health care law, and alternative dispute resolution.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Data Breach: Understanding the Risk and Managing a Crisis

Physician Practices in the Era of Health Care Reform

Commentary: Comments on social media

Hospital/Medical Staff Credentialing and Peer Review Issues

Kentucky Health Law, co-author, et al., 5th ed. (2009)
Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Firm Leadership

Managing Partner, 1994-97

Health Care Service Group, Past Chair

Office of General Counsel

Memberships
American Health Lawyers Association
American Bar Association, Health Law Section
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
American Society of Medical Association Counsel
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
Louisville Bar Association, President, Executive Committee
Kentucky Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Judicial Nominating Commission for the 30th Judicial Circuit
Kentucky Defense Counsel
Kentucky Bar Foundation, Fellow
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Life Member
Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court, Masters (2018-19 program year)
Community Involvement

Rotary Club of Louisville

GuardiaCare Services, Inc., Chairman of the Board (2001-04)

Holy Spirit Church, President, Parish Council (2000-03)

Citizens for Better Judges, Attorney Steering Committee (1983-Present)

Medical Foundation of the Jefferson County Medical Society, Community Advisor (1983-2006)

Education
Speaking Engagements and Publications

Over the past 25 years, Mr. Cronan has made dozens of seminar presentations and has written numerous articles and other publications relating to litigation and health care law. He has contributed to chapters in three editions of the University of Kentucky publication, Kentucky Health Care Law.

More Than Stites & Harbison

After graduating from law school in 1970, until 1974 when he joined Stites & Harbison, Mr. Cronan served as a Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General's Corps, USNR, at the law center for the Eleventh Naval District, San Diego, California, and in the Office of Staff Judge Advocate, Commander Cruiser Destroyer Forces, Pacific. Civic and community involvement includes the Rotary Club of Louisville; GuardiaCare Services, Inc. (Chairman of the Board, 2001-2004); Holy Spirit Church (President, Parish Council, 2000-2003); Citizens for Better Judges (Attorney Steering Committee, 1983-Present); and, Medical Foundation of the Jefferson County Medical Society (Community Advisor, 1983-2006), president and member of the executive committee of the Louisville Bar Association, 2012-present. A former volunteer firefighter for many years, Mr. Cronan has a passion for antique fire engines and is the proud owner of a 1956 Maxim Pumper which resides in its own fire house adjacent to his garage.

Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (1993-2020)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2019)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation (2009, 2013, 2015)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year in Health Care Law (2011, 2014)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®(2007-19)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Attorneys in Kentucky (2007-19)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 10 Attorneys in Kentucky (2007-19)

Chambers Global, "The World's Leading Lawyers," Leader in their Field (2010, 2011, 2012)

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

Benchmark Litigation Magazine, Litigation Star (2008, 2009, 2013-19)

Business First of Louisville, Partners in Health Care (2006-2013) (for his vital work for the health care industry)

Louisville Magazine Top Lawyers (2013-16)

Testimonials

First-rate. . . "maintains a stellar reputation for his expertise in complex disputes and enjoys a particularly fine track record for his work on healthcare litigation.

- Chambers Commentary (USA), 2016

. . . one of the greatest resources we have . . . value his counsel on a wide variety of matters.

- Best Lawyers, client comment

. . . an outstanding litigator who is fantastic in the courtroom.

- Chambers USA

. . . an incredibly safe pair of hands.

- Chambers USA
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Best Lawyers in America Honors 75 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 has recognized 75 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 49 areas of practice. Forty-three of those attorneys selected have been honored for 10 consecutive years or more.

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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.

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Benchmark Litigation 2019 Honors 15 Stites & Harbison Attorneys

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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. Forty-two of those attorneys selected have been honored for 1...
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Best Lawyers names eight Stites & Harbison attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named eight attorneys from Stites & Harbison, PLLC as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2019...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 16, 2018
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Chambers USA 2018 Honors Stites & Harbison

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 18 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2018 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United...
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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

Louisville Bar Association honors Mike Cronan with LBA Award

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Louisville Bar Association (LBA) recently recognized Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Charles J. (Mike) Cronan IV with the 2017 Judge Benjamin F. Shobe Civility & Professionalism Award. The Judge Benjamin F. Shobe Civility...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 01, 2017
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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 number of honorees increased since last year, 74 to...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 17, 2017
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Chambers USA 2017 honors Stites & Harbison

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 22 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2017 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United States.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 02, 2017
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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 Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 41 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list...
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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 Kentucky. The guide honors the firms and attorneys who have demonstrated...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 16, 2016
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Mike Cronan earns 2016 Brandeis School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law honored Charles J. (Mike) Cronan IV of Stites & Harbison, PLLC at their 2016 Alumni Awards Luncheon held on October 21, 2016. Cronan was among those...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 28, 2016
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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. The Best Lawyers in America© is a nationally recognized referral...
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Chambers USA 2016 Honors Stites & Harbison

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by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 08, 2016
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Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 64 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2016

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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 Kentucky. The guide honors the firms and attorneys who have demonstrated the...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 03, 2015
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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 practice. The Best Lawyers in America® is a nationally recognized...
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Chambers USA 2015 honors Stites & Harbison

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United States. The list is developed based on client and peer interviews discussing the skills of individual attorneys...
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Super Lawyers honor Stites & Harbison's Kentucky Attorneys

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by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 01, 2014
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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 Kentucky. The guide honors the firms and attorneys who have demonstrated...
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Best Lawyers names 16 Stites & Harbison attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2015

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Best Lawyers honors 89 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2015

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Chambers USA honors Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky.Chambers USA selected 34 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2014 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the...
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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 Kentucky Super Lawyers list and 19 attorneys are named on the inaugural...
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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 of practice in The Best Lawyers in America®...
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Best Lawyers names Stites & Harbison attorneys as 2014 Lawyers of the Year

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named seven attorneys from Stites & Harbison, PLLC, as Lawyers of the Year for...
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Super Lawyers honors Stites & Harbison's Kentucky attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Super Lawyers has named 48 Stites & Harbison attorneys in the Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices for inclusion on the Kentucky Super Lawyers list.Super Lawyers (www.superlawyers.com) is a rating service of outstanding...
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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 The Best Lawyers in America® 2012. Twenty-five of...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 12, 2011
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Thirty-five Stites & Harbison attorneys selected for inclusion on Kentucky Super Lawyers for 2001

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Super Lawyers has named Stites & Harbison’s Charles J. (Mike) Cronan IV, a health care and litigation attorney, as “Top Point Getter” on their 2011 Kentucky Super Lawyers list. A total of 3...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 02, 2011
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Chambers USA honors 31 Stites & Harbison attorneys with inclusion in the 2011 guide

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 31 Stites & Harbison attorneys firmwide for inclusion in the 2011 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United States. Researchers interview...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 17, 2011
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Best Lawyers names Stites & Harbison attorneys as 2011 Lawyers of the Year

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named six Stites & Harbison attorneys as Lawyers of the Year for 2011. Only...
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Presentations

Data Breach: Understanding the Risk and Managing a Crisis

In the last decade, the health care world has been transformed by the availability of an overwhelming amount of information. The collection of personal information and dependence on systems creates an obligation of companies...
by Charles J. Cronan IV (Mike) September 21, 2010
Press Releases

Seventy-three Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in "Best Lawyers in America"

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison announced today that 73 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for their work in 35 areas of practice in The Best Lawyers in America®2011. Sixteen of the...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 11, 2010
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Chambers USA honors 32 Stites & Harbison attorneys with inclusion in the 2010 guide

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 32 Stites & Harbison attorneys firmwide for inclusion in the 2010 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United States. Researchers interview...
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Presentations

Physician Practices in the Era of Health Care Reform

Presented by Stites & Harbison, PLLC, and Mounjoy Chilton Medley, LLC Click here to view presentation.
by Mike Cronan, Member with Stites & Harbison, Jennifer L. Elliott (former Stites & Harbison Member), Stephen F. Schultz and Bonnie K. Ciresi (with Mountjoy Chilton Medley, and LLP) May 21, 2010
Articles

Commentary: Comments on social media

Beyond capabilities once enjoyed only by commercial broadcasters or governments, social media has empowered ordinary people to instantaneously communicate information worldwide. At its best, social media has given voice to oppressed people, has been...
by Charles J. Cronan IV (Mike) April 01, 2010
Press Releases

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 The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Those attorneys...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 10, 2009
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Mike Cronan named #1 on Kentucky Super Lawyers' Top 10 Attorneys list

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison attorney Charles J. (Mike) Cronan IV was named the #1 attorney on Kentucky Super Lawyers’ Top 10 Attorneys list. The Top 10 Attorneys list is composed of those attorneys who...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 03, 2009