Michael E. Kleinert

Michael advises and represents clients in a variety of business and legal matters, including complex commercial litigation, contract negotiations, regulatory matters, insurance coverage matters, civil litigation, business torts, and professional liability matters.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Chapter 11: Business Risk Exclusions

co-author, The Reference Handbook on the Comprehensive General Liability Policy (American Bar Association, 2d ed. 2014)

Improving the Quality of Justice: The Innocence Protection Act of 2004 Ensures Post-Conviction DNA Testing, Better Legal Representation, and Increased Compensation for the Wrongfully Convicted

44 Brandeis Law Journal 491 (2006)

Recent Assignments
Reported Decisions
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 North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Tax Court
Firm Leadership

Ethics Committee, Member

Office of General Counsel

American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Kentucky Defense Counsel
Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court, Barrister
Community Involvement

State Board of Physical Therapy, Board Member (2021-25)

Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery, Board of Directors (2014-present)

WLKY-TV's Spirit of Louisville Foundation, Board of Trustees (2015-present)

Leadership Kentucky, Class of 2017

Legal Aid Society, Justice for All Campaign Board Member (2011-14); Associates Campaign Board Member and Co-Chair (2009-14)

Legal Aid Society, volunteer attorney

St. Agnes Church, member

More Than Stites & Harbison

Outside of practicing, Michael enjoys hiking, mountain biking, playing the guitar and piano, and spending time with his wife, daughter, son, and two dogs. Michael is also an avid fan of college basketball and football.


Best Lawyers in America®, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (2022)

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

ChambersUSA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Litigation: General Commercial (2021)

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