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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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Press Releases

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
Press Releases

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
Press Releases

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
Press Releases

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
Press Releases

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
Press Releases

Mari-Elise Paul Named a 2021 Trailblazer in World IP Review’s Diversity Publication

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Mari-Elise Paul as one of 20 Trailblazers profiled from around the world in WIPR’s Diversity Trailblazers 2021 list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 12, 2021
Press Releases

Michael Kleinert Appointed to Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 4, 2021)—Governor Andy Beshear has appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Michael Kleinert to the Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy (KBPT). Kleinert’s term will expire on April 30, 2025.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 10, 2021
Client Alerts

Sophisticated Buyer Beware: Updates to the Economic Loss Rule in Tennessee

Discussion has re-emerged in Tennessee regarding the economic loss rule, a judicially-created remedy that precludes contracting parties from pursuing tort remedies for purely economic losses arising out of a contractual relationship. On August 2, 2021, the Tennessee Supreme Court issued an opinion, addressing an issue of first impression in Tennessee—whether fraud is an exception to the economic loss rule.

by Lauren Paxton Roberts and Alisa Micu August 09, 2021
Press Releases

Ashley Ward Appointed to EKU Board of Regents

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Governor Andy Beshear has appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Ashley Ward as a member of the Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) Board of Regents with a term expiring in June 2027. EKU is governed by an 11-member Board of Regents.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 27, 2021
Press Releases

Chambers USA High Net Worth Honors Gregory D. Smith for 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Chambers USA High Net Worth selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Gregory D. Smith for inclusion in its 2021 guide in the category of Family/Matrimonial for USA: Tennessee. Chambers High Net Worth ranks top lawyers and law firms in the international private wealth market.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 27, 2021
Client Alerts

Kentucky Joins Growing Number of States Allowing Student-Athletes to Receive Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) Compensation

With Governor Andy Beshear’s June 24, 2021 Executive Order, Kentucky joins a growing minority of states allowing student-athletes to receive compensation for the use of their name, image, and likeness (NIL). Effective July 1, the Order applies to student-athletes at all postsecondary institutions in Kentucky.

by Rebecca M.W. Sherman, Michael Denbow, and Wayne Jones, 2021 Summer Associate July 02, 2021
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison Ranks 3rd on 2021 “Best Places to Work in Kentucky” List

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is ranked 3rd in “Best Places to Work in Kentucky” for 2021 in the medium company category. The firm has made the list 15 times.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 28, 2021
Client Alerts

“No Company is Safe” — White House Urges Private Sector to Act Now in Hardening Defenses Against Growing Ransomware Threats

Following the most recent slew of high-profile ransomware attacks, the White House deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology, Anne Neuberger, issued an open letter to the private sector urging action to increase cyber defenses to match the nation’s increasing ransomware threat.

by Sarah Cronan Spurlock June 10, 2021