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Douglass Farnsley

Doug Farnsley is a trial lawyer and is 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 more than forty years of trial experience, and has successfully tried to verdict more than fifty cases. He has argued cases before state and federal appellate courts.

Kentucky Super Lawyers listed Doug among the state’s Top 50 Lawyers, 2009-11 and 2017-20. Best Lawyers in America selected Doug as Personal Injury Litigation Defendants Lawyer of the Year (2020), Product Liability Litigation Lawyer of the Year (2011), and Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year (2010).

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 served as Stites & Harbison's General Counsel from 2016 through 2021 and currently serves as a member of the firm’s General Counsel Committee. Doug also 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

Office of General Counsel, Member

Former General Counsel for the firm (2016-21)

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'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.

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 (2007-23)

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® (2007-22)

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

Benchmark Litigation magazine, Litigation Star (2015-23)

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

Benchmark Litigation 2023 Honors 15 Stites & Harbison Attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2023 edition of Benchmark Litigation names 12 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as “Litigation Stars” and three as “Future Stars” in Kentucky. The guide honors the firms and attorneys who have demonstrated the ability to consistently handle complex, high-stakes cases in multiple jurisdictions.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 17, 2022
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Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2023 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 98 of its lawyers are included in the 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Additionally, 11 Stites & Harbison attorneys are named as “Lawyer of the Year” and 19 attorneys are recognized in “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” which recognizes attorneys early in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 18, 2022
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Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 37 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2022

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2022 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 37 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 29 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and eight attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 11, 2022
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Benchmark Litigation 2022 Honors 15 Stites & Harbison Attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2022 edition of Benchmark Litigation names 12 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as “Litigation Stars” and three as “Future Stars” in Kentucky.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 08, 2021
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Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 93 lawyers are included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Additionally, 11 attorneys are named as “Lawyer of the Year” and 14 attorneys are recognized in “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” which recognizes attorneys early in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 01, 2021
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Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 41 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2021 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 21, 2020
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Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2021 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 82 lawyers are included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 20, 2020
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Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 45 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2020 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 32 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and 13 attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 12, 2019