Litigation & Appeals

Business Litigation

No matter how hard a business tries, commercial disagreements are inevitable. When these situations arise, dealing with them diverts valuable commodities of management time and resources that could otherwise be applied to growing the business. To help a business successfully navigate through these situations and get it back to focusing on running the business, the steady and experienced hand of a skilled litigator is needed. The attorneys in the Business Litigation Service Group at Stites & Harbison, located in offices in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Ohio and Indiana, make every effort to assist clients in working their way through these contentious situations as efficiently and effectively as possible.

We defend and prosecute claims arising from:

  • the disposition of business entities
  • plant closings
  • insolvency and business failures
  • trade secret and intellectual property issues
  • insurance market misconduct
  • claims asserted against financial professionals
  • franchise terminations
  • commercial real estate
  • lender liability
  • corporate directors and officers' duties, and
  • securities and commercial disputes.

Stites & Harbison has represented clients in manufacturing, the service sector, professional service providers, utilities, the mineral, oil and gas industry, casualty, property and health insurers, and companies owning, financing or operating commercial real estate, to name a few.

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"Their responsiveness very quick and they also give interesting business advice, not just strictly legal advice."

U.S. News & World Report / Best Lawyers -"Best Law Firms" Client Interviews 2017

"Stites & Harbison lawyers do outstanding trial work for us on all types of litigation."

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Press Releases

Benchmark Litigation 2023 Honors 15 Stites & Harbison Attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2023 edition of Benchmark Litigation names 12 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as “Litigation Stars” and three as “Future Stars” in Kentucky. The guide honors the firms and attorneys who have demonstrated the ability to consistently handle complex, high-stakes cases in multiple jurisdictions.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 17, 2022
Press Releases

Ian Ramsey Appointed to Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Governor Andy Beshear has appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Ian Ramsey to the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission (KBBC).

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 09, 2022
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Mari-Elise Paul Named a 2022 Go To Lawyer for Intellectual Property Law

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Virginia Lawyers Weekly recently named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Mari-Elise Paul to the 2022 list of Virginia’s Go To Lawyers for Intellectual Property Law. She is one of 19 attorneys honored.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 28, 2022
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison Welcomes Vanna Milligan to the Frankfort Office

FRANKFORT, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Vanna Milligan to the firm’s Frankfort, Ky., office. She joins the Business Litigation Service Group as Counsel to the firm.

by Stites & Harbison September 22, 2022
Events

7th Annual Accounting Risk Management Seminar

Date: 10/26/22
Time: 11:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

City Springs Conference Center, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Stites & Harbison's Accounting Defense Team will present this Accounting Risk seminar on October 26th at the City Springs Conference Center in Atlanta.

Brian A. Cromer, Matthew A. Gass (Matt), Jeffrey C. Hoffmeyer (Jeff), William M. Joseph (Bill), Johannes S. Kingma (Joe), Shannon M. Sprinkle, and John C. deMoulpied September 21, 2022
Client Alerts

Bankruptcy Discharge Trumps PACA, But Does It Really?

In a case of first impression, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Spring Valley Produce, Inc. et al. vs. Forrest, ____ F.3d____(11th Cir. Case Number 21-12133) on August 31, 2022, that the right to a discharge in bankruptcy trumps the longstanding language of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (“PACA”)(7 U.S.C. §499a-499t) which purports to bar bankruptcy relief under theories of fiduciary duties owed to certain sellers of agricultural products.

by Eric J. Breithaupt September 07, 2022
Press Releases

Robin McGuffin Selected for Leadership Lexington’s Class of 2022-23

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Leadership Lexington has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Robin McGuffin as a member of the 2022-23 Leadership Lexington program.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 17, 2022
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison Welcomes Ann Murphy to the Nashville Office

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Ann H. Murphy to the firm’s Nashville, Tenn., office. She joins the Business Litigation and Construction Service Groups.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 02, 2022
Press Releases

Greg Smith Earns 2022 Best of the Bar Honor

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Nashville Business Journal recently honored Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Greg Smith with the 2022 Best of the Bar award in the areas of executive and family law. He has earned the Best of the Bar award eight times.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 15, 2022
Events

Driving Diversity in Law & Leadership Summit: Atlanta

Date: 9/14/22
Time: 8:50 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Atlanta, GA (Venue TBA)

Atlanta office attorneys Shannon Sprinkle and Jennifer Guerra will be speakers at this event held in Atlanta on September 14, 2022

Jennifer M. Guerra and Shannon M. Sprinkle June 27, 2022
Press Releases

Robin McGuffin Elected to the Lexington Forum’s Board of Directors

LEXINGTON, Ky. —The Lexington Forum has elected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Robin McGuffin to its Board of Directors. She will serve a three-year term.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 15, 2022
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison Attorneys Honored by 2022 Georgia Super Lawyers

ATLANTA—The 2022 edition of Georgia Super Lawyers recently honored four Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys based in the firm’s Atlanta office. Of special note, Joe Kingma was named to the Top 100 Georgia Lawyers list for the fifth time.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 01, 2022
Events

Revenue Cycle and Compliance Summit

Date: 6/23/22
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Online Event

The Revenue Cycle and Compliance Summit is an online half-day workshop to provide convenient education with CEUs and CLE for professionals. Stites attorneys Sarah Spurlock and Michael Denbow will be presenters at this Summit on June. 23, 2022.

Michael Denbow and Sarah Cronan Spurlock May 13, 2022
Press Releases

Rebecca Sherman Awarded 2022 ABA Forum on Construction Law Diversity Fellowship

LEXINGTON, Ky.—The American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Rebecca M.W. Sherman for its 2022 Diversity Fellowship. Sherman is one of six nationwide honorees to receive the three-year fellowship.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 12, 2022
Events

SHRM-Atlanta Legal Summit

Date: 5/12/22
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Virtual Event

Atlanta attorney Shannon Sprinkle will be a speaker at this Legal SHRM-Atlanta Legal Summit on May 12, 2022.

Shannon M. Sprinkle April 25, 2022
Events

Professionalism, Ethics and Malpractice

Date: 4/28/22
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Livestream or In-Person at State Bar of Georgia, Bar Center, 104 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta office attorney Shannon Sprinkle will be a presenter at this State Bar of Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education seminar on April 28, 2022.

Shannon M. Sprinkle April 12, 2022
Press Releases

Marjorie Farris Named as 2022 Business Women First Enterprising Women Award Honoree

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Louisville Business First has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC Chair Marjorie A. Farris as a recipient of its 2022 Business Women First Enterprising Women Awards.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC April 01, 2022
Events

2022 Corporate Counsel Training Academy

Date: 4/6/22
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, Illinois

Whitney Watt will be the Moderator for one of the sessions of this Corporate Counsel Training Academy in Chicago on April 6, 2022.

Whitney Frazier Watt March 31, 2022
Events

The Back on Track Series: Training, Forging Relationships, and Building Firm Culture with Younger Lawyers in the New Normal

Date: 4/1/22
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Ansley Golf Club, 196 Montgomery Ferry Drive, Atlanta, GA 30309

Atlanta office attorney Matt Gass will be a panelist for this seminar presented by the Atlanta Bar Association.

Matthew A. Gass (Matt) March 16, 2022
Events

2022 Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation Super Conference

Date: 3/21/22 - 3/23/22

Hyatt Regency Houston, 1200 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77002

Atlanta office attorney T.J. Mihill will be a speaker at this conference being held in Houston, Texas, March 21-23, 2022.

Thomas J. Mihill (TJ) March 15, 2022