Ian T. Ramsey

Recently recognized by Best Lawyers in America® for his high-caliber work in the practice of Commercial Litigation, Ian is also listed by Kentucky Super Lawyers® in the areas of Product Liability and Business Litigation. He was also recognized in "20 People to Know in Technology" by Louisville Business First and as a Top Attorney for Privacy and Information Security by Louisville Magazine. Ian is very active as a products liability trial attorney, where he often utilizes his additional Certification as a Fire and Explosion Investigator. Ian is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Privacy & Data Security practice group.

He is designated as AV-Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell® for his ethical standards and legal skills.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Information You Need on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Give Blood, Sweat & Tears for an Expert Direct Exam

Cybersecurity and Best Practices for Lawyers

The road to partnership at Louisville firms

by Steve Kaufman, Business First of Louisville, March 23, 2018

Hello, Counselor Robot: How artificial intelligence is changing the practice of law

by Steve Kaufman, Business First of Louisville, December 2017

Listen, Learn and Yell: Why IT Professionals and Lawyers are a Good 'A Team'

(ISC)² Security Congress 2017, Austin, Texas, September 25-27, 2017

Digital Fortress

Modern Steel Construction, May 2017

Navigating the Perils of Ransomware

with Edward A. Morse, The Business Lawyer, American Bar Association Business Law Section, Vol. 72, Issue 1, Winter 2016-17

Build It, and They Will Come: Data Security for the Construction Industry

presentation and author, University of Kentucky Construction Law Institute, Lexington, KY, October 20, 2016

Data Breach Damages from a Legal Perspective

presentation, InfoSec Nashville, Nashville, Tenn., September 20, 2016

Build a Better Machine

Stop. Think. Connect.

presentation, Stites & Harbison Summer Associate Program, May 16, 2016

Law Firm Data Security: It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Don't Feel Fine)

presentation, Southern Law Network, Louisville, Kentucky, May 13, 2016

Don't Bet on Longshots - Practical Advice on Data Security for Financial Institutions

Stites & Harbison Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Service Group Day at the Races, Keeneland, April 14, 2016

Ransoming Data: Technological and Legal Implications of Payments for Data

ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting 2016, Technology Committee, Speaker & Co-Author with Edward A. Morse, Creighton University School of Law, Montréal, Quebec, April 7-9, 2016

Identifying and Protecting Your Core Data

The Goods (p.36), Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, March 2016

Privacy and Data Security Concerns for Document Retention Professionals

Lexington ARMA Chapter, Lexington, Ky., February 26, 2016

Ransoming Data: Technological and Legal Implications of Payments for Data

ABA Business Law Section, Cyberspace Law Committee, Winter Working Group, January 29-30, 2016, Presenter & Co-Author with Edward A. Morse, Creighton University School of Law

Privacy and Data Security Concerns for Document Retention Professionals

Presentation, Louisville ARMA Chapter, Louisville, Ky., January 19, 2016

New Year, New Reason to be Wary… Corporate Impersonation and Fraud

Data Breaching Now Its Own Industry

by Robert Hadley, The Lane Report, December 8, 2015

Data Breaches: Is Your Attitude about Data Security Putting You and Your Company at Risk?

The Goods (p. 16), Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, November 2015

Employee Attitudes Fuel Your Data Security Plan

Legaltech News, October 29, 2015

Privacy and Data Security Concerns for the Licensing Professional

National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals (NALCP) 2015 Conference, Austin, TX, October 15, 2015

Cybersecurity Damages: An Overview of Economic Harm Resulting From Data Security Breaches

ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Chicago, Ill., September 17-19, 2015

Data Security: Concerns for the General Counsel

In-house Counsel CLE Seminar Series, Daily Report, Buckhead, Ga., September 16, 2015

Preparation & Protection are essential assets

Data Breach Prevention and Response

Southern Indiana Society for Human Resources Management, June 9, 2015

Prevention and Response: Is Your Business Prepared for a Data Security Breach?

Stites & Harbison, PLLC Thirsty Thursday networking event, May 21, 2015

Is your attitude about data security putting you and your company at risk?

Professional Insight, Business First of Louisville, March 27, 2015

The Penalty of Eyewitness Testimony

DRI Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Calif., October 22-26, 2014

Kentucky Law Offers Chance of Egaming Progress

eGR North, March 11, 2014

Misleading Witnesses Memory

Speaker, Defense Research Institute, Fire Science and Litigation, January 23-25, 2013

Kentucky Governor Unveils Casino Bill

Gambling Expansion Debated in Kentucky Governor's Race

Internet Gambling Inevitable, Say Southern Gaming Executives

Do you own your Domain Name?

Contingency Fee Counsel in Forfeiture Proceedings

Interactive Gaming

Presentation,14th Annual National Institute on the Gaming Law Minefield, 2010 American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, Business Law Section Gaming Law Committee, and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education, Las Vegas, Nev., February 18-19, 2010

The Code of Federal Regulations

Presentation, Commerce and Foreign Trade, Expeditors International of Washington, Summer 2009

Recognizing Legal Consequences

Presentation, Dismas Charities, Inc.; Spring 2000, 2003, 2007

Fundamentals of Exporting

Presentation, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, Fall 1999

The Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Article, 31st Annual Antitrust Institute, 1999

Pushing PowerPoint Above Idle: Speech is Abstract; Pictures are Real

Article, Legal Tech, Vol. XVI. No. 10, January 1999

Is Your Foreign Public Official on Your Payroll

Article, International Communiqué, Spring 1998

International Antitrust Enforcement

Article, International Communiqué, Fall 1997
Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th 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 Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Tax Court
Firm Leadership

Chief Information Security Officer

Privacy & Data Security Practice Group, Co-Chair

Charitable Contributions Committee, Member

Product Liability Advisory Council
Defense Research Institute, Product Liability Substantive Law Committee; Fire Science Specialized Litigation Group
American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
International Association of Privacy Professionals
Community Involvement

Leadership Louisville, Class of 2010

Louisville Public Media Advisory Council, 2008-11

American Red Cross, Louisville Area Chapter, Board of Directors, 2006-08

Reported Cases
  • Arnold v. Com. ex rel. Chandler, Ky., 62 S.W.3d 366 (2001)
  • Patmon v. Hobbs, Ky. App., 280 S.W.3d 589 (2009)

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action - Defendants; and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2020-22)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2012-20)

Louisville Business First, 20 People to Know in Technology (2015)

Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer (2016)

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Ramsey Best Law2022
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