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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

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
Kentucky
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
Memberships
International Association of Defense Counsel, Member; Vice-Chair of Product Liability Committee Newsletter (2018-19); Vice-Chair of Product Liability Webinars (2019)
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
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Community Involvement

Whitehall House & Gardens, Board of Regents

Greater Louisville Outstanding Women, Member

Education
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), as Editor-in-Chief of the ABA’s Products Liability Newsletter (2009-12), and as Vice-Chair of the IADC Products Liability Newsletter (2018-19).

Whitney enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

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

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2015-19)

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

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

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Best Lawyers in America Honors 75 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 has recognized 75 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 49 areas of practice. Forty-three of those attorneys selected have been honored for 10 consecutive years or more.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 22, 2019
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Design Thinking for Litigators

Design thinking is considered by its adherents to be a “systematic approach to innovation and problem solving that is, fundamentally: user centered, experimental, responsive, intentional, and tolerant of failure.”

by Whitney Frazier Watt and Jennifer Henry Jackson June 28, 2019
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Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 42 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2019 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 33 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and nine attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 07, 2018
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Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 51 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2018 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 55 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 39 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and 12 attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 11, 2017
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Whitney Frazier Watt elected to Board of Regents of Whitehall House & Gardens

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Whitehall House & Gardens recently elected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Whitney Frazier Watt to its Board of Regents. She will serve a three-year term (2017-20). Whitehall House & Gardens is a historic home...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 03, 2017
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Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 55 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2017 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 55 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 41 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 22, 2016
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Kentucky Super Lawyers honors 64 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2016

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2016 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 64 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 49 attorneys to the Super Lawyers...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 08, 2015
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Super Lawyers honor Stites & Harbison's Kentucky Attorneys

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Super Lawyers names 52 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices for inclusion on the 2015 Kentucky Super Lawyers list and 18 attorneys are named...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 01, 2014
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Super Lawyers honors Stites & Harbison's Kentucky attorneys for 2013-14

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Super Lawyers names 53 Stites & Harbison attorneys in the Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices for inclusion on the 2013-14 Kentucky Super Lawyers list and 19 attorneys are named on the inaugural...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 17, 2013
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Whitney Frazier Watt appointed co-chair of American Bar Association subcommittee

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The American Bar Association (ABA) recently appointed Stites & Harbison Member Whitney Frazier Watt as co-chair of the Women in Products Liability Subcommittee. Watt’s term will last two years. Whitney Frazier Watt is...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC February 22, 2013
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Stites & Harbison names eight new members and one new counsel

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 3, 2012)—Stites & Harbison, PLLC, announced today that eight attorneys have been elected to membership in the law firm, effective Jan. 1, 2012. The new members are: Chadwick A. McTighe, David...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 03, 2012
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Whitney Frazier Watt named executive editor of ABA newsletter

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee has appointed Stites & Harbison attorney Whitney Frazier Watt as the executive editor of its Products Liability newsletter. Previously Watt served as an...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 23, 2011