Louisville Office Executive Member

Michael D. Risley

Mike Risley is Co-Chair of the firm’s Appellate Advocacy Group and former Chair of the Louisville office’s Litigation Service Group. A seasoned litigator, Mike frequently appears before both state and federal appellate courts. He also has deep experience in disputes involving insurance bad faith and coverage, ERISA, and commercial and employment-related matters. Mike currently is serving the firm as Louisville Office Executive Member and is a former member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

IN PERSON: Stites & Harbison's Michael Risley goes from small town to the big time

How Louisville's lawyers, architects and accountants are going remote

by Marty Finley and Sarah Shadburne, Louisville Business First, April 2, 2020

Stites & Harbison names new top exec in Louisville

by Chris Larson, Louisville Business First, March 3, 2020

Kentucky High Court Restores $80M Punitive Damages Against Firm

Law360, December 13, 2018

Homebuilder's commercial liability insurance may not completely protect you

Q&A with Stites & Harbison's Michael Risley

Recent Assignments
Reported Decisions
Bar Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Supreme Court
Firm Leadership

Office Executive Member, Louisville Office

Appellate Advocacy group, Co-Chair

Louisville Office Recruiting Committee, Member

Business Acceptance Committee, Member

Diversity Committee, Former Member

Louisville Litigation Service Group, Former Chair

Management Committee, Former Member

American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Kentucky Defense Counsel
Kentucky Bar Foundation, Life Member
Community Involvement

Better Business Bureau of Greater Louisville, General Counsel

Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky, Church Attorney

St. Francis School, former long-term Board of Trustees member

University of Kentucky Fellow

More Than Stites & Harbison

Mike serves as General Counsel to the Better Business Bureau of Greater Louisville. He is a Church Attorney for the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky, and a former long-time member of the Board of Trustees of St. Francis School, an independent school located in Louisville.

Mike spends some of his time away from the office travelling, being an avid sports fan, and serving at his Church. In addition, while a notoriously bad golfer, Mike will long be remembered for winning the closest to the pin contest at the 2005 Louisville Bar Association annual golf outing.


Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Practice (2011-22)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Law (2017, 2022)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2013-21)

Louisville Magazine's "Top Lawyers" for Insurance Law (2013, 2014, 2016)

Finance Monthly, Fintech Awards Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyer of the Year (2019)

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