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Litigation & Appeals

Our litigation and appellate practice spans all substantive legal fields. Seasoned trial lawyers, e-discovery experts, and accomplished writers of legal briefs regularly team with experienced substantive law attorneys from across the firm to deliver high quality legal services to clients needing effective representation in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings.

The following fourteen major categories listed under Litigation & Appeals Specialty Areas further describe our litigation experience in these areas. In all litigated matters, look to Stites & Harbison to:

  • formulate sophisticated and effective litigation strategies
  • understand and persuasively argue key legal issues
  • identify, manage, and know the contents of relevant documents
  • conduct effective and savvy e-discovery
  • protect privileged, proprietary or confidential information
  • ensure that good faith discovery responses are accurate and uniform
  • prepare all witnesses for optimal deposition performance
  • create and maintain databases and literature files
  • identify knowledgeable and effective experts
  • challenge or discredit unreliable or unscientific testimony
  • use the latest courtroom technology and persuasion techniques with judges and juries
  • analyze appellate issues and craft high-level, readable appellate briefs
Litigation & Appeals Specialty Areas
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What others are saying about us

Stites & Harbison takes a knowledgeable and pragmatic approach to litigation and works to facilitate cost-effective resolution.

This comment was collected as part of the U.S. News — Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" research process. (2018-19)

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

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

We were fortunate to have Stites & Harbison on our side for a very contentious litigation. They applied exactly the right mix of aggressiveness and negotiation to bring our case to a successful conclusion. . . In addition to always being fully prepared, they were always on time. I would and have recommended them to colleagues, and we continue to use the firm's services for purposes that are more enjoyable and lucrative.

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

Supreme Court Rejects OSHA Vaccine Mandate on Private Employers – Allows CMS Healthcare Mandate for Facilities Receiving Medicare/Medicaid Funds

Holding that “[a]lthough Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given the agency the power to regulate public health more broadly,” in a 6-3 decision the Supreme Court of the United States, on January 13, 2022, issued a stay of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) on vaccination or testing for employers with 100 or more workers.

by Rachel Dix Bishop, Shannon Antle Hamilton, Calesia Henson, Demetrius O. Holloway, Ashley Owens Hopkins, Robin E. McGuffin, Robin D. Miller, and Rebecca A. Weis January 14, 2022
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Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 37 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2022

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2022 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 37 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 29 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and eight attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 11, 2022
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Greg Parsons to be Inducted as Fellow of American College of Construction Lawyers

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Greg Parsons will be inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers (ACCL) on February 26, 2022, at the Annual Meeting in Laguna Beach, Calif. ACCL, one of the nation’s leading legal associations, only designates the top 1% of the construction bar in the U.S. with this honor.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 21, 2021
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Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The 2021 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored eight Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys. Five attorneys were named to the Super Lawyers list and three were named to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 03, 2021
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Stites & Harbison Welcomes Three Attorneys to Louisville and Nashville Offices

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC announces the addition of three attorneys to the firm. Paige E. Ezell and Ashley Russell join the Louisville, Ky., office while Thomas A. Dozeman joins the Nashville, Tenn., office.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 01, 2021
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Stites & Harbison Earns 82 Rankings in 2022 “Best Law Firms” List

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® have released their 2022 “Best Law Firms” rankings. Stites & Harbison, PLLC’s three National Tier 1 rankings include: Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate, and Trademark Law. The firm’s overall results include 82 metropolitan rankings in six regions.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 17, 2021
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Lauren Paxton Roberts Named as Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Lauren Paxton Roberts as a Fellow.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 08, 2021
Events

2021 Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF) Annual Meeting and Expo

Date: 11/9/21 - 11/11/21

Galt House Hotel & Suites, 140 North Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Stites & Harbison is a sponsor and Louisville office attorney Matt Breetz will be a presenter at the KAHCF Annual Meeting and Expo in Louisville November 9-11, 2021.

Matthew W. Breetz October 22, 2021
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Jeffrey Melcher Joins Stites & Harbison

ATLANTA—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce attorney Jeffrey W. Melcher has joined its Atlanta office as a Member (Partner). He will be based in Atlanta while also serving clients in Nashville, Tenn.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 15, 2021
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Benchmark Litigation 2022 Honors 15 Stites & Harbison Attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2022 edition of Benchmark Litigation names 12 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as “Litigation Stars” and three as “Future Stars” in Kentucky.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 08, 2021
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Fayette County Bar Association Names Rebecca Sherman as Outstanding Young Lawyer for 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Fayette County Bar Association has recognized Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Rebecca M.W. Sherman with its Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for 2021.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 04, 2021
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Rachel Dix Bishop Earns 2021 Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association Rising Star Award

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association (TDLA) has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Rachel Dix Bishop as the recipient of the 2021 Rising Star award.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 23, 2021
Events

Fall 2021 National Legal Malpractice Conference

Date: 9/22/21 - 9/24/21

JW Marriott Nashville, 201 8th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Louisville office attorney Matt Breetz will be moderating a panel discussion on Case Law Updates on September 23rd in Nashville TN at this conference.

Matthew W. Breetz September 17, 2021
Events

2021 Women in Litigation Joint CLE Conference

Date: 11/17/21 - 11/19/21

Boston Park Plaza, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116-39014

Louisville office attorney Whitney Watt will be a member of the panel for a presentation at this ABA Conference in Boston, Mass., November 17-19, 2021.

Whitney Frazier Watt September 17, 2021
Press Releases

Rachel Dix Bishop Selected for Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum Class of 2022

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum (NBFLF) has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Rachel Dix Bishop as a member of the Class of 2022.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 17, 2021
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Stites & Harbison Welcomes Johnathan Burnley

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Johnathan D. Burnley to the firm’s Nashville and Franklin, Tenn., offices. He joins the Business Litigation Service Group.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 16, 2021
Client Alerts

Biden Announces Plans to Mandate Vaccination for All Federal Workers and Contractors, Private Employers with 100+ Employees, and Health Care Workers at Medicare/Medicaid Facilities

President Biden has announced plans to reduce the number of unvaccinated Americans by using regulatory and other powers to increase the number of Americans covered by vaccination requirements as COVID-19 cases continue to climb.

by Rachel Dix Bishop, Shannon Antle Hamilton, Rebecca A. Weis, and Ashley Owens Hopkins September 10, 2021
Events

KPCA Annual Conference - 2021

Date: 10/27/21 - 10/29/21

The Campbell House, Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington office attorney Ashley Hopkins will be a speaker at the 2021 KPCA Annual Conference October 27-29, 2021 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Ashley Owens Hopkins September 09, 2021
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 93 lawyers are included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Additionally, 11 attorneys are named as “Lawyer of the Year” and 14 attorneys are recognized in “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” which recognizes attorneys early in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 01, 2021
Client Alerts

NIL Update – Should Student Athletes Seek Professional Advice?

On July 1, 2021, several state laws allowing student athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness (“NIL”) went into effect. The NCAA also adopted an interim NIL policy allowing student athletes in any State to receive monetary compensation for their NIL.

by Aaron R. Klein, Rebecca M.W. Sherman, and Michael Denbow August 27, 2021