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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 previously served as a member of the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents.

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

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Kentucky Bar Association president-elect Douglass Farnsley

Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
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

Former General Counsel for the firm

Management Committee, Former Member

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

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's 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.


Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; and, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2007-22)

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® (2007-21)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Lawyers in the state (2009-11, 2017-20)

Benchmark Litigation magazine, Litigation Star (2015-22)

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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