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Douglass Farnsley

Doug Farnsley is a trial lawyer. He has most recently tried cases to a jury in 2012, 2013, and 2015. Doug is also a Fellow of three invitation-only trial organizations - the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the International Society of Barristers.

Doug focuses on civil trial work, including the defense of product liability claims and professional and hospital liability claims. He has also tried cases involving employment law issues, to enforce payment pursuant to an insurance policy, for breach of warranty, and representing plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and death claims. Doug has over 35 years of trial experience, including 50 plus matters successfully tried to verdict. He has argued cases before state and federal appellate courts.

Doug served as President of the Kentucky Bar Association (2015-2016) and served for ten years as a member of the KBA’s Board of Governors. He currently serves as a member of the ABA’s House of Delegates and as a member of the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents.

Doug is Stites & Harbison's General Counsel and previously served on the firm's management committee.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Kentucky Bar Association president-elect Douglass Farnsley

Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
Kentucky
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 Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Supreme Court
Firm Leadership

General Counsel for the firm

Management Committee, Former Member

Memberships
Kentucky Bar Association, Past President
American Bar Association, Member of the House of Delegates
National Conference of Bar Presidents, Member of the Executive Council
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow; former State Chair
International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
International Society of Barristers, Fellow
Annual Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Life Member
Louisville Bar Association, former member of the Board of Directors
Kentucky Bar Foundation, Fellow
Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court, Master
Community Involvement

The Friends of the Farnsley-Kaufman House

Board of Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing

Actors Theatre of Louisville, Advisory Board

Education
More Than Stites & Harbison

Doug obtained an LL.M. in Legal History from the University of Wisconsin. After attending UW, Doug clerked for Judge Thomas Ballantine, United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. Doug is a student of politics and is an ardent Democrat. His father served as mayor of Louisville and in the U.S. House of Representatives. Doug is a passionate supporter of two historic sites associated with his family and located in southwestern Jefferson County, Ky.

Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2007-20)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyers of the Year (2020)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Product Liability Litigation Lawyer of the Year (2011)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year (2010)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2007-19)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Lawyers in the state (2009-11, 2017-19)

Benchmark Litigation magazine, Litigation Star (2015-19)

Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, Public Advocacy Award (2016) (for outstanding work to advance diversity in the legal profession)

Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Nathanial Harper Award (2016) (for promoting full and equal participation in the legal profession)

Louisville Magazine Top Lawyers (2016)

Louisville Bar Association, Justice Martin E. Johnstone Special Recognition Award (2015) (LBA's highest award)

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, Distinguished Alumni Award (2015)

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Press Releases

Best Lawyers Names Six Stites & Harbison Attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named six attorneys from Stites & Harbison, PLLC as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2020.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 26, 2019
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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.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 22, 2019
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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.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 07, 2018
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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 Kentucky. The guide honors the firms and attorneys who have demonstrated the...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 07, 2018
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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...
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
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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
Events

2017 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention

THE 2017 ANNUAL CONVENTION Planning Committee is pleased to announce the following speakers scheduled for the June 21-23 convention at the Owensboro Convention Center in downtown Owensboro. JERRY BUTING, one of the defense attorneys for...
Douglass Farnsley and William G. Geisen May 24, 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 Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 41 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 22, 2016
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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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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...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 29, 2016
Press Releases

National Conference of Bar Presidents selects Doug Farnsley to Executive Counsel

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP) recently selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Doug Farnsley to serve on the Executive Council as a Member-at-Large for 2016-17. The Executive Council, which serves as NCBP’s...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 22, 2016
Press Releases

Doug Farnsley earns 2016 Nathaniel Harper Award

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Kentucky Bar Association’s (KBA’s) Young Lawyers Division presented Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Doug Farnsley with the 2016 Nathaniel R. Harper Award. Mark Flores, chair of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division’s...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 25, 2016
Press Releases

Doug Farnsley earns 2016 Public Advocate Award

Award honors commitment to diversity in the legal profession LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Department of Public Advocacy has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Doug Farnsley as the recipient of the 2016 Public Advocacy...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC April 21, 2016
Press Releases

Louisville Bar Association honors Doug Farnsley and Brian Bennett

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Louisville Bar Association (LBA) recently recognized Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys Doug Farnsley and Brian Bennett with awards for their outstanding contributions to the Louisville legal community. Farnsley received the 2015 Justice Martin...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC February 22, 2016
Events

UK College of Law / Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Law Symposium Commemorating the 50th Anniver

This one-day symposium will consist of speakers and panelists discussing various issues related to civil rights in general and the Kentucky Civil Rights act in particular.
Douglass Farnsley January 27, 2016
Press Releases

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, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 49 attorneys to the Super Lawyers...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 08, 2015
Press Releases

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
Press Releases

Demetrius Holloway and Doug Farnsley earn 2015 U of L Alumni Awards

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law honored two Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys at their 2015 Alumni Awards Luncheon held on October 23, 2015. Demetrius Holloway was honored with the Alumni Fellow...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 28, 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...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 20, 2015
Press Releases

Doug Farnsley inducted as President of the Kentucky Bar Association

Farnsley Becomes Fifth Stites & Harbison Attorney to Serve as President LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Doug Farnsley was recently inducted as president of the Kentucky Bar Association...
by Douglass Farnsley June 30, 2015
Client Alerts

Kentucky Bar Association president-elect Douglass Farnsley

Attorney Douglass Farnsley remembers when Louisville’s schools de-segregated. He was in first grade, and his class went from no African-American children to two. At that time, Farnsley says, “Integration meant two children were put...
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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 inclusion on the 2015 Kentucky Super Lawyers list and 18 attorneys are named...
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 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 practice. The Best Lawyers in America® is a nationally...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 22, 2014
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Stites & Harbison's Doug Farnsley named president-elect of Kentucky Bar Association

Ken Gish, Jr., named chair of Environment, Energy & Resources Law Section LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Kentucky lawyers have elected two Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to leadership roles in the Kentucky Bar Association (KBA). Doug Farnsley...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 02, 2014
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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...
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 of practice in The Best Lawyers in America®...
by Stites & Harbison PLLC August 27, 2013
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Attorney Douglass Farnsley named vice-president of Kentucky Bar Association

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Kentucky lawyers have elected Douglass Farnsley vice-president of the Kentucky Bar Association (KBA). Farnsley took the oath of office at the recent 2013 KBA Annual Convention. He began his one-year term on July...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 17, 2013
Press Releases

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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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...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 03, 2010
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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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Douglass Farnsley inducted as Fellow of International Academy of Trial Lawyers

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) recently inducted Stites & Harbison attorney Douglass Farnsley as a Fellow. The ceremony took place on October 26, 2009, in Bodrum, Turkey. Fellowship in IATL is...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 24, 2009
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Best Lawyers names Stites & Harbison attorneys as 2010 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 four Stites & Harbison attorneys as Lawyers of the Year for 2010. Only...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 20, 2009
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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 The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Those attorneys...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 10, 2009