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

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
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) (Feb. 2016- Jan. 2020)

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

Office Executive Member - Louisville (2013-16)

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

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 Member (2007-15)

Leadership Louisville, Class of 2015

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

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.


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 (2012-22)

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, Forty Under 40 (2008)

Louisville Magazine Top Lawyers (2014, 2016)


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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