Chair

Marjorie A. Farris

Marjorie A. Farris currently serves as Chair of Stites & Harbison. She has practiced with the firm since graduating law school in 1995, and became a member of the firm in 2003. Ms. Farris is an experienced trial lawyer who has handled a wide variety of litigation ranging from products liability, insurance bad faith, ERISA, complex business litigation, and class actions. She has actively defended more than 75 class actions nationwide.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Louisville legal firms help businesses grow

By Debra Gibson Isaacs, The Lane Report, June 28, 2022

2022 Enterprising Women: Marjorie Farris

Louisville Business First, April 13, 2022

ANNOUNCING: 2022 Business Women First Enterprising Women Awards honorees

by Allison Stines, Louisville Business First, February 24, 2022

Matthew Barzun Interview

Business of Law: Inside the rise of women leaders at Louisville's top law firms

by Steve Kaufman, Louisville Business First, August 13, 2021

Legal services: Smooth, smart pandemic pivot in Louisville law firms

by Lorie Hailey, The Lane Report, June 29, 2021

Top Women in Business Spotlight: Marjorie Farris

Stites & Harbison names its first female chairperson

Louisville Business First, November 2, 2020

Kentucky section in the ABA's publication Survey of State Class Action Law (included in Newberg on Class Actions)

Author, 1999-present

Class Action Defense Primer

co-author and presenter, Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc., 2012 Spring Semester, May 11, 2012
Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
Admitted Pro Hac Vice in Several Jurisdictions
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 Western District of Kentucky
Firm Leadership

Chair of the Firm (2021-present)

Class Action and Multi-District Litigation Group, Co-Chair

Management Committee (2008-11) (2016-20)

Recruiting Committee, Co-Chair (2005-07); Management Member of Recruiting Committee (2016-20)

Office Executive Member - Louisville (2013-16)

Memberships
American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Leadership Louisville, Class of 2015
Community Involvement

Legal Aid Society, Justice for All Campaign, Chair (2022)

Leadership Louisville, Finance Committee (2020-present)

Leadership Louisville Center, Board of Directors (2014-20)

Center for Women & Families, Board of Directors, Chair (2013-14) and Board Member (2007-15)

Leadership Louisville, Class of 2015

Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana, Board of Directors (2005-13)

Education
More Than Stites & Harbison

Marjorie is a member of the Finance Committee (2020-present) and former member of the Board of Directors for Leadership Louisville Center (2014-20). She is a past Chair (2013-14) of the Board of Directors for the Center for Women & Families and coordinated the firm's Volunteer Lawyer Program from 2003-2008. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana. Marjorie enjoys travel, reading, attending college sporting events and spending time with family and friends, especially her two nephews.

Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers

Best Lawyers In America®, Commercial Litigation and Mass Tort/Class Actions - Defendants (2012-23)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants (2021)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2010-18, 2020-22)

Business First of Louisville, Business Women First Enterprising Women Awards, Honoree (2022)

Business First of Louisville, Forty Under 40 (2008)

Louisville Magazine Top Lawyers (2014, 2016)

Testimonials

Marjorie is an excellent litigator, and I would highly recommend her.

- Best Lawyers, client comment

. . . very strong advocate for our company whether in court, deposition, or in negotiating settlements.

- Best Lawyers, client comment
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Press Releases

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
Press Releases

Marjorie Farris Named as 2022 Business Women First Enterprising Women Award Honoree

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Louisville Business First has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC Chair Marjorie A. Farris as a recipient of its 2022 Business Women First Enterprising Women Awards.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC April 01, 2022
Press Releases

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
Presentations

Matthew Barzun Interview

From our own Stites University, here is a 60-minute podcast featuring Matthew Barzun, former UK ambassador and the author of “The Power of Giving Away Power.” Attorney Rebecca Weis interviewed Ambassador Barzun with the assistance...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 21, 2021
Press Releases

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
Articles

Top Women in Business Spotlight: Marjorie Farris

The Lane Report takes a closer look at the women who are making a difference in Kentucky. Stites Chair and Louisville attorney Marjorie Farris is featured today.

by Marjorie A. Farris March 10, 2021
Press Releases

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
Press Releases

Marjorie Farris to Be First Woman to Lead Stites & Harbison Law Firm

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC, announced today that Kentucky native Marjorie A. Farris will become the firm’s new Chair effective January 2021. She will be the first woman to lead the firm since its founding in 1832.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 06, 2020