Michael Denbow

Michael Denbow is a member (partner) in the Louisville office. Michael focuses his practice on White Collar Criminal Defense and other government and regulatory matters. He handles matters in federal and state courts throughout the southeast and represents clients when dealing with such government entities as the Department of Justice, the FBI, the SEC, and the CFPB, among others. Michael also routinely represents professional athletes and entertainers in contract negotiations, business advice, and litigation matters.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Entering the NIL Game

by Mark Green, The Lane Report, September 2021

Feds Oppose Prison For Fired NCAA Coach's Blackmail Threat

By Rachel Scharf,, August 11, 2021

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

Responding to and Defending Governmental Investigations: What to Do When the Government 'Knocks' On Your Door

Blueprint for the Future: Drafting a New Plan for Health Care, Kentucky Hospital Association 89th Annual Convention, Lexington, KY, May 2018

Practical Implications and Concerns of the Criminal Referral Process

2017 Farm Credit System (FCS) Attorney's Conference, New Orleans, LA, September 2017

Title Agencies Did Not Violate RESPA Affiliated Business Rule

The Title Insurance Law Newsletter, American Land Title Association, September 2017
Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Firm Leadership

Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, Member (2021)

Louisville Office Recruiting Committee, Member

American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
American Health Lawyers Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL)
Community Involvement

St. Agnes Catholic Church, Member

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Board Member

More Than Stites & Harbison

Prior to joining Stites & Harbison, Michael worked at GE for three years as a program manager in the Warranty Management Division. Michael also participated in the firm's summer associate program in the summer of 2007. Outside of the practice of law, Michael and his wife, Ali, have four kids: Gracie, Jack, Henry, and George. While the kids account for most of his spare time, he still finds time to live and die with University of Kentucky football and basketball as well as the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers.


Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2013-21)

Louisville Magazine Top Lawyers (2016)

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