Whitney Frazier Watt

Since beginning her career at Stites & Harbison in 2003, Whitney has developed a wide-ranging litigation practice that includes product liability, toxic torts, mass actions, contract disputes, tortious interference, coverage disputes, and wrongful death. Whitney has taken and defended hundreds of depositions and made countless court appearances, including trials. An experienced defender of mass torts, she is currently responsible for managing a docket of several hundred product liability cases brought by thousands of plaintiffs. Whitney’s practice requires daily vigilance and dedication to ensure that a large team of attorneys and paralegals is always focused on the client’s best interests.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Using Bankruptcy to Your Client’s Advantage

IADC Committee Newsletter, Product Liability, June 2020

Defense Strategies for Winning on the Statute of Limitations

American Bar Association, Products Liability Litigation Newsletter, August 2019

Design Thinking for Litigators

How to Win on Statute of Limitations

Speaker, IADC Mid-Year Meeting, Santa Barbara, CA, February 2019

Daubert: Trends and Statistics

IADC Committee Newsletter, Product Liability, November 2017

Trial Skills, Trial-Focused Discovery: What You Need & How to Use It

Speaker, ABA Women in Products Liability CLE, Philadelphia, PA, November 2016

Chapter 2: Preparation for Trial & Organization of Trial Materials

Co-author, Kentucky Civil Practice at Trial, 3rd and 4th Editions, UK/CLE, 2008 and 2016

Time for a Makeover: Newly Proposed Cosmetic Safety Litigation

ABA Products Liability Website, 2015

Five Things Every Businesswoman Should Know About Contracts

MBA Women, 2015

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Products Liability Year in Review

Speaker, ABA Joint Products Liability, Mass Torts, and Environmental CLE, Hollywood, Fla., January 2012

Products Liability 2011: Year in Review

Co-author, ABA Joint Products Liability, Mass Torts, and Environmental CLE Materials, 2012

50-State Survey on Statute of Limitations

Co-author, Kentucky section, American Bar Association, 2012

Ethical Considerations for Using Technology in Your Practice

Moderator, ABA Women in Products Liability CLE, New York, NY, November 2010

Avoiding Discovery Pitfalls - How to Manage Your Document Productions and Reviews in a Way that Will Satisfy Your Client and Win Your Case

Moderator, ABA Joint Products Liability, Mass Torts & Environmental CLE, Beaver Creek, Colo., January 2010

Litigating in the Face of E-Discovery Rules: Post-Implementation Perspectives and Practice Tips

Moderator, ABA Women in Products Liability CLE, New Orleans, La., October 2007
Recent Assignments
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 Western District of Kentucky
International Association of Defense Counsel, Member; Vice Chair of Product Liability Committee Newsletter (2018-19); Vice Chair of Product Liability Webinars (2019-20); Vice Chair of Product Liability Special Projects (2020)
American Bar Association, Products Liability Committee; Women in Products Liability Subcommittee, Chair (2013-2014); Products Liability Newsletter, Editor-in-Chief (2009-12); 13th Annual ABA Women in Products Liability CLE, Co-chair, Boston, Mass., Nov. 2012
Defense Research Institute
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Community Involvement

Kentucky Governor's Scholar Program, Board of Directors (2020-23)

Whitehall House & Gardens, Board of Regents; Secretary (2019-20)

Greater Louisville Outstanding Women, Member

More Than Stites & Harbison

Whitney was Managing Editor of the Kentucky Law Journal at the University of Kentucky College of Law. While in law school she served as an intern for the Honorable Joseph M. Hood, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Whitney has participated in several organizations including serving on the NAWMBA National Board of Directors (2014-16), Greater Louisville Outstanding Women, a networking and community-oriented organization, the Board and Advisory Council for Dress for Success Louisville, an organization helping low-income women transition back into the workforce, and as a member of the Board of Regents for Whitehall House & Gardens.

Whitney is also an active member of the International Association of Defense Counsel Products Liability Committee and the ABA Products Liability Committee. She previously served as Chair of the ABA’s Women In Products Liability Committee (2013-14) and is currently serving as Vice Chair of Special Projects for the IADC Product Liability Committee.

Whitney enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2020-22)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2015-21)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2013-14)

Forty under 40 List, Business First of Louisville (2013)

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