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J. Clarke Keller

Clarke Keller's practice focuses on defending Kentucky-area emergency medical service providers, product liability litigation and transportation law, including aviation, motor carriers and railroads. He serves as chair of the Business Litigation Group in the firm's Lexington office. He helped a start-up commercial enterprise obtain an FAA exemption and Certificate of Authorization to operate an unmanned aerial system (UAS) or drone, for commercial purposes. Additionally, Mr. Keller also maintains a successful mediation practice, having effectively mediated hundreds of cases throughout his career.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

UAS/Drones: FAA Oversight and Insurance Issues

Stites & Harbison Thirsty Thursday networking event, Louisville, KY, May 18, 2017

UAS/Drones and the FAA

15th Annual Kentucky Environmental Conference, Lexington, KY, March 28, 2017

The Drone Wars: Environmental Edition

How to Prepare to Give Your Deposition

Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners/Nurse Midwives

Top 10 Ways to Sabotage a Mediation

Fayette County Bar Association, Women Lawyers Group
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 Western District of Kentucky
Firm Leadership

Office of General Counsel

American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
Mediation Center of Kentucky, Certified Mediator
Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
Transportation Lawyers Association
Defense Research Institute
Community Involvement

Christ the King Cathedral Parish, Lector, member of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Notre Dame Club of Central Kentucky, member and past president

More Than Stites & Harbison

Clarke was an officer and helicopter pilot in the U.S. Air Force from 1974-81 and served as a helicopter pilot in the Kentucky Army National Guard from 1983 to 1990. Mr. Keller recently completed eight years of service on the Board of Trustees for Lexington Catholic High School, two of those years as Chair, and is a member and lector of Christ the King Cathedral Parish. He's also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and past president of the Notre Dame Club of Central Kentucky.


Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation and Mediation (2007-22)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2007-20, 2022)

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