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.
Breach of Fiduciary Duty: Kentucky
Practical Law, Thomson Reuters, November 2021
Chapter 11: Business Risk Exclusions
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)
Management Committee (2023-25)
Deputy General Counsel (2021-23)
Office of General Counsel (2017-23)
Office of General Counsel, Ethics Subcommittee, Member (2014-23)
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)
St. Agnes Church, Parish Council (2021-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
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 (2022-24)
Kentucky Super Lawyers®(2023)
Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2013-21)
ChambersUSA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Litigation: General Commercial (2021-23)
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 101 of its lawyers are included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 25 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2023 guide.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2023 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 49 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 37 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and 12 attorneys to the Rising Stars list.
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.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 23 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2022 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United States.
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.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 4, 2021)—Governor Andy Beshear has appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Michael Kleinert to the Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy (KBPT). Kleinert’s term will expire on April 30, 2025.