Chair

Robert M. Connolly

Bob Connolly serves as Chairman of the Firm. He is based in the Louisville office and has been with the firm since 1980. He is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Section and the Torts & Insurance Practice Service Group.

Bob has tried more than 80 cases to jury verdicts in several states. He has also argued before every appellate court in the federal and state courts of Kentucky. His practice includes defending complex product liability claims and construction and commercial disputes. He has also had experience in administrative, OSHA, insurance, and admiralty claims.

Bob also served as a Special Justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court, Greene, et. al. v. Commonwealth of Kentucky, Administrative Office of the Courts, et. al., 349 S.W.3d 892 (KY September 22, 2011).

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements
Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
Admitted Pro Hac Vice in Several Jurisdictions
Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Firm Leadership

Management Committee (1995-2007)

Memberships
American Bar Association, Fellow
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association, Member and past member of the board of directors
Louisville Bar Foundation, Inc., Fellow and past president
American College Of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
ABA Committee On Products Liability Litigation, Subcommittee on Discovery
Litigation Counsel Of America, Fellow
Kentucky Defense Counsel, Former Board Member
Defense Research Institute
Maritime Law Association Of The United States
Community Involvement

Jefferson Street Baptist Church, Past President

Downtown Louisville Rotary Club, member

Education
More Than Stites & Harbison

Mr. Connolly is involved in a number of civic and charitable activities. He is past President of the Board of Directors of the Jefferson Street Baptist Church, a local homeless shelter dedicated to mentally ill and chemically dependent individuals. He is the past President of the Louisville Bar Foundation and a member of Downtown Louisville Rotary Club. Mr. Connolly is a past member of the Dartmouth Alumni Council. Mr. Connolly also enjoys skiing, backpacking and scuba diving.

Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Chambers USA,"America's Leading Lawyers for Business(2004-19)

Best Lawyers in America®,Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation (2006-18)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®(2007-18)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Attorneys in the State (2012-15, 2017)

Testimonials

. . . results oriented business litigator who is strategic, knowledgeable and gives great advice . . . highlighted for his strengths in construction and product liability disputes and also noted for wide-ranging experience in appellate proceedings.

- Chambers Commentary (USA), 2016

. . . an excellent and experienced trial lawyer.

- Chambers USA

. . . highly recommended by clients.

- Chambers USA
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