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National and regional clients involved in a wide range of construction projects turn to Stites & Harbison for top-flight credentials and practical, real-world experience. Our construction attorneys include former contractors, construction-firm owners, civil and mechanical engineers, and journeymen crafts-people. We understand the day-to-day workings of your business in addition to its legal issues.

From aviation and health care facilities to manufacturing and power plants, and from commercial buildings to highways, bridges and other infrastructure, Stites & Harbison’s Construction Service Group understands the critical legal issues that affect your projects.

We have worked with clients on projects located from coast to coast. We negotiate contracts, assist clients with claim prevention and resolution, and counsel clients on transactions, complex litigation and regulation. We offer many years of experience in mediation and arbitration, both as client advocates and neutrals. Whatever your needs, we have a strong team to represent you, utilizing the broad knowledge and experience of the attorneys throughout our firm. We also understand your concerns about cost effective representation.

Recent Accomplishments:

  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have released their 2022 ratings for the "Best Law Firms" in America. Stites & Harbison earned 81 Metropolitan rankings. In addition, three of the firm's practices were rated National Tier 1. Click here to see the results.

  • Stites & Harbison lawyers are LEED accredited professionals and members of the U.S. Green Building Council. We are here to help you meet the rigorous standards of green building.
  • The Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA) recognized Stites & Harbison with the 2017 and 2018 CLSA Law Firm Award.

We give back to the industry in many ways. Stites & Harbison has represented the American Institute of Steel Construction, National Steel Bridge Alliance, Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky, and the Associated General Contractors of Kentucky. We are also members of other industry organizations, serving as officers, board members, authors, and keynote speakers. Trade associations, professional societies, and members of the organized national construction bar regularly recruit us to provide articles and educational programs to their members. Our attorneys participated in the preparation of American Institute of Steel Construction Codes, Standards and Specifications, and have consulted with the American Institute of Architects and the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee on formation of these organizations’ standard construction documents.

Clients, construction trade associations and other industry organizations count on Stites & Harbison for help with a wide range of industry-related areas, including:

  • Antitrust issues
  • Bidding and procurement
  • Contract disputes
  • Corporate governance and membership
  • Environmental
  • Intellectual property
  • Labor, employment, wage & hour and immigration law
  • Legislation
  • Lien enforcement
  • OSHA and safety
  • Payment disagreements
  • State and federal tax code interpretation and enforcement

Other industry contributions from our Construction Law group include:

  • "Chapters 18 & 19: Kentucky Construction Lien and Bond Law," Cassidy R. Rosenthal, Co-Author, Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law Book, Third Edition, 2016 Supplement
  • "Chapter 6: Discovery by Interrogatories," William Geisen and Jessica A. Hill, Discovery Deskbook for Construction Disputes, Second Edition, ABA Forum on Construction Law, Editors: John M. Cook, Buckner Hinkle, Jr. and Alexander Moseley, 2015
  • Kentucky Construction Law, written and edited by the construction attorneys of Stites & Harbison, published by HLK Global Communications, 2015.
  • Discovery Deskbook for Construction Law DisputesRobert M. Connolly is a chapter author, published by ABA Publishing, 2006.

With nationally recognized experience in construction law and hands-on experience in the business, we are uniquely qualified to address the needs of our construction clients.

A partial list of representative transactional and adversarial construction engagements in which the members of the group have been involved is listed below:

  • Developed and negotiated design and construction contracts for owner/developer of $1 billion investment in manufacturing facilities in South Carolina
  • Participated in the development of term sheets and EPC contracts for $3 billion coal gasification facility in Western Kentucky
  • Drafted and negotiated design build contract for fracking sands plant
  • Belk’s, Oxford, Miss. (2010)
  • Best Buy, Gulfport, Miss. (2012)
  • Camden Paces Apartments, Atlanta, Ga. (2013)
  • Delta Wing, Opryland, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Disney-MGM Studios Water Tower, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
  • Federal Express World Headquarters, Memphis, Tenn.
  • GlaxoSmithKline, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Holder Construction Company: Stites & Harbison's Atlanta offices
  • Indiana-American Water Company, Jeffersonville, Ind.
  • Lake Eola Condominiums, Orland, Fla.
  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board, (Blue Grass Airport, Lexington, Ky.)
  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Courts Facilities, Lexington, Ky.
  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Detention Facility, Lexington, Ky.
  • Louisville Airport Improvement Program, Louisville, Ky.
  • Louisville Slugger Museum, Louisville, Ky.
  • Mercer University Center, Macon, Ga.
  • National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green, Ky.
  • National Steel Bridge Alliance, Miss.
  • NCNB Tower, Tampa, Fla.
  • One Atlantic Center (IBM building), Atlanta, Ga.
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Stites & Harbison is the premiere construction law firm in Kentucky and southern Indiana.

This comment was collected as part of the U.S. News — Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" research process.

Stites & Harbison has always been able to help regardless of the issue and/or complexity.

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I have the utmost faith and trust in Stites & Harbison.

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The construction law team at Stites & Harbison is outstanding. They have represented our company extremely well for many years. They are knowledgeable, give excellent advice, and they almost always achieve the desired results for our company. I feel like we have received very good value for legal expenses incurred when using the Stites & Harbison construction law team. I recommend them to anyone needing legal advice on construction matters.

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The Cost of Third- Party Data Breaches: How to Avoid a Financial Disaster

Date: 6/14/24
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Chad McTighe and Sarah Spurlock will be the speakers for The Knowledge Group's Webinar on June 14, 2024 discussing the costs associated with unforeseen security risks.

Chadwick A. McTighe and Sarah Cronan Spurlock May 28, 2024
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Jessie A. Smith Joins Stites & Harbison’s Lexington Office

Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Jessie A. Smith to the firm based in the Lexington, Ky., office. He joins the Construction Service Group.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 14, 2024
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FTC Issues Final Rule Banning Non-Compete Agreements; Legal Challenges Have Already Begun

On April 23, 2024, the FTC issued its final rule banning employers’ use of non-compete agreements. The rule is broad, applying nationwide and to all non-compete agreements, with a few narrow exceptions. The ban has not gone into effect—it’s scheduled to go into effect 120 days after being published in the Federal Register—and legal challenges have already been filed. Robin McGuffin and Zac Losey take a look at the new rule in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Robin E. McGuffin and Zachary Losey (Zac) April 25, 2024
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EEOC Issues Final Rule Implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) was enacted last year with the purpose of protecting pregnant workers from discrimination and providing them with a right to reasonable accommodations in the workplace. On April 15, 2024, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published its Final Rule setting forth expansive regulations implementing the law. The Final Rule becomes effective June 18, 2024. Robin McGuffin and Harlee Havens take a look at what this means in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Robin E. McGuffin and Harlee P. Havens April 24, 2024
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Data Security and Privacy Symposium

Date: 4/17/24
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

State Bar of Georgia Conference Center, 104 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Attorneys Shannon Sprinkle and Matt Gass will be moderating and participating on a panel focused on Litigation Trends in Privacy and Data Protection on April 17, 2024 presented by the Atlanta Bar Association.

Matthew A. Gass (Matt) and Shannon M. Sprinkle April 15, 2024
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Stites & Harbison Attorneys Honored by 2024 Georgia Super Lawyers

ATLANTA—The 2024 edition of Georgia Super Lawyers recently honored Dan Douglass, Joe Kingma and Brandon Sartin, all based in the firm’s Atlanta office.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC February 13, 2024
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Robin D. Miller Honored by Ohio Super Lawyers for 2024

MASON, OhioThe 2024 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers recently honored Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Robin D. Miller on its Super Lawyers list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 18, 2024
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Kentucky Super Lawyers® Honors 49 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2024

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2024 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers® recently honored 49 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 35 attorneys to the Super Lawyers® list and 14 attorneys to the Rising Stars® list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 12, 2024
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Stites & Harbison Promotes Three Attorneys

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC announced today that three attorneys have been promoted to Member (Partner). The promotions are effective January 1, 2024. The new Members (Partners) are Katie M. Glass, Mary Lucille (Mary Lu) Noah, and Drake W. Staples.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 04, 2024
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Construction Law for the General Practitioner

Date: 1/26/24
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

State Bar of Georgia, 104 Marietta Street NW, 3rd Floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Atlanta attorney TJ Mihill will be a speaker at this State Bar of Georgia seminar on January 26, 2024.

Thomas J. Mihill (TJ) January 02, 2024
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Ten Stites & Harbison Attorneys Honored by 2023 Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The 2023 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored 10 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys. Seven attorneys were named to the Super Lawyers list and three were named to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 01, 2023
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Stites & Harbison Welcomes Seven Attorneys to Multiple Offices

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC announces the addition of seven attorneys to the firm. Four attorneys join the Lexington, Ky., office: Harlee Havens, Brandon Lira, John Paul Stilz and Conner Wehrle. Alexandra Dunn, Lucy McIntire and Haley Duncan join the firm in Jeffersonville, Ind., Louisville, Ky. and Nashville, Tenn., respectively.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 21, 2023
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Kentucky Now Allows Persons Age 70 and Over To Opt Out of Jury Service

In March 2023, Kentucky enacted KRS 29A.080, a new law that allows persons 70 and older to voluntarily opt out of jury service. Attorneys Ashley Ward and Kyle Schroader take a look at that new law in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Ashley W. Ward and Kyle S. Schroader November 20, 2023
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Bill Geisen Earns 2023 Diversity Law Institute Award

COVINGTON, Ky.—The Diversity Law Institute has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Bill Geisen as the recipient of the 2023 Diversity Award.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 15, 2023
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Stites & Harbison Earns 88 Rankings in 2024 Best Law Firms®

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC has been ranked in the 2024 edition of Best Law Firms®. The firm’s National Tier 1 rankings include: Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate, and Trademark Law.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 02, 2023
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Stites & Harbison Signature Event

Date: 10/11/23
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, 430 West Vine Street, Lexington, KY 40507

Join Stites & Harbison for this Signature Event in Lexington for a special evening at Rupp Arena.

Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 15, 2023
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Stites & Harbison Welcomes W. Tyler Lloyd to Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney W. Tyler Lloyd to the Louisville, Ky., office. He joins the Construction Service Group.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 15, 2023
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LexArts Elects Rebecca M.W. Sherman to Board of Directors

LEXINGTON, Ky.—LexArts recently elected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Rebecca M.W. Sherman to its Board of Directors. She previously served on the organization’s Corporate Giving and Horse Mania Committees.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 13, 2023
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Corporate Counsel Recognizes Marjorie A. Farris with 2023 Women, Influence & Power in Law Award – Managing Partner of the Year

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Corporate Counsel has honored Stites & Harbison, PLLC Chair Marjorie A. Farris as a “Managing Partner of the Year” in its 2023 Women, Influence & Power in Law (WIPL) Awards. She is one of six women honored in this category across the country.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 31, 2023
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Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2024 Best Lawyers® Publications

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®.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 24, 2023