Joshua F. Barnette

Josh Barnette is an attorney in the firm’s Atlanta and Lexington offices. 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. 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 Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Supreme Court
Firm Leadership

Office of General Counsel, Member

Diversity Committee, Member

American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
State Bar of Georiga
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 (2018-22)

Seedleaf, Inc., Board Member (2018-20)

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.


Best Lawyers in America®, Ones To Watch, Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2024)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2024)

Barnette Ones To Watch2024
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Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers® Honors 49 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2024

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2024 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers® recently honored 49 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 35 attorneys to the Super Lawyers® list and 14 attorneys to the Rising Stars® list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 12, 2024
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2024 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 101 of its lawyers are included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 24, 2023

Kentucky's Prisons, COVID, and No Compassionate Release

The Kentucky Department of Corrections is not immune from the same pandemic issues faced by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. As of December 4, 2020, the Department of Corrections ("DOC") operated 14 correctional institutions with 10,000 inmates. At the time of this writing, 2,895 inmates and 456 employees have tested positive for the virus; 24 inmates and three employees have died. The numbers could have been worse.

by Joshua F. Barnette and Michael Denbow February 24, 2021

The Perfect Storm? A Look at the Federal Compassionate Release Program Following the First Step Act and a Worldwide Pandemic

Juan Alberto Fernandez pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in November 2014. Statutorily, Mr. Fernandez faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

by Michael Denbow and Joshua F. Barnette February 24, 2021
Client Alerts

No Good Deed: Protecting Yourself and Your Business from a Governmental Investigation Concerning Your PPP Loan

In a time when more than $650 billion in stimulus funds are being pumped through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the potential for bad actors to create havoc for business owners reliant upon these mostly forgivable loans is almost guaranteed.

by Joshua F. Barnette and Michael Denbow May 13, 2020
Client Alerts

Kentucky Enacts Certificate of Merit Requirement for Filing Medical Liability Cases

The Kentucky General Assembly has enacted KRS 411.167 which now requires a claimant commencing any civil action against a healthcare provider, or long-term care facility, to file a “certificate of merit” when the complaint is filed.

by Ashley W. Ward and Joshua F. Barnette July 23, 2019
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison Welcomes Three Attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC announces the addition of three attorneys to the firm. Two are based in the Louisville, Ky., office; one is based in the Lexington, Ky., office. All are admitted to practice in Kentucky.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 27, 2018