Joshua F. Barnette

Josh Barnette is an attorney in the firm’s Lexington office. He is a member of the Torts & Insurance Practice Service Group and an affiliate member of the Business Litigation Service Group. Josh focuses his practice on torts, insurance, white collar criminal defense, civil rights, products liability, and general business litigation.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Kentucky's Prisons, COVID, and No Compassionate Release

Responding to and Defending Government Investigations: What to do When the Government “Knocks” On Your Door

Kentucky Bar Association Corporate House Counsel, Webinar, February 10, 2021

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

Diversity Committee, Member

American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers ( KACDL)
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Community Involvement

AthensWest Theatre Company, Board Member (2018-present)

Seedleaf, Inc., Board Member (2018-present)

More Than Stites & Harbison

Josh came to the firm after serving as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Kentucky. Previously, he participated in the firm’s summer associate program and served as a legal intern for the Hon. Karen K. Caldwell, Chief U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Kentucky. Before going to law school, Josh was a United States Probation Officer for the Northern District of Georgia and served as a Management Specialist and Probation Officer for the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Outside of the firm, Josh enjoys domestic and international travel – especially when paired with culinary indulgences – and loves all things outdoors, particularly hiking and camping. He is active in the Lexington community, serving on the Board of two local non-profits, AthensWest Theatre Company and Seedleaf, Inc. He routinely looks for ways to stretch the boundaries of his comfort zone and, in doing so, has found himself participating in multiple 200+ mile relay runs and one ultramarathon.

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