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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

Pipeline Crafts Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Reverse Atlantic Coast Pipeline Decision and to Allow a More Reliable Permitting Process

On October 4, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the 4th Circuit’s rejection of the National Forest Service’s permit authorizing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) to cross the Appalachian Trail within the George Washington National Forest.

by Andrew J. Poltorak October 07, 2019
Press Releases

Aaron Klein named as an ABA TIPS Now! Fellow

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The American Bar Association (ABA) recently named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Aaron Klein as a 2019-20 TIPS Now! Fellow.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 04, 2019
Press Releases

Emily Larish Startsman selected for Leadership Lexington's Class of 2019-20

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Leadership Lexington has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Emily Larish Startsman as a member of the 2019-20 Leadership Lexington program.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 03, 2019
Press Releases

Best Lawyers Names Six Stites & Harbison Attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named six attorneys from Stites & Harbison, PLLC as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2020.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 26, 2019
Press Releases

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
Client Alerts

Sixth Circuit: Perfect Attendance Policies Must Not Disadvantage Employees Who Take FMLA Leave

Many employers have policies that reward perfect attendance in some fashion. A recent ruling from the Sixth Circuit makes clear that, in many cases, such policies must not consider leave taken pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) as something that “resets” the employee’s attendance streak.

by Ashley Owens Hopkins and Robin E. McGuffin August 13, 2019
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison welcomes Elizabeth Anne Bowden to the Nashville office

Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Elizabeth Anne Bowden to its Nashville, Tenn., office.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 02, 2019
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Rebecca Weis selected to Leadership Louisville Class of 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Leadership Louisville Center has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Rebecca Weis to participate in the Leadership Louisville Class of 2020.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 31, 2019
Events

Class Action Litigation in 2019: Trends and Updates to Watch For

Date: 8/20/19
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Chad McTighe joins The Knowledge Group for this online CLE Class Action webinar covering the trends and updates to watch for in class action litigation.

Chadwick A. McTighe July 30, 2019
Client Alerts

Kentucky Enacts Certificate of Merit Requirement for Filing Medical Liability Cases

The Kentucky General Assembly has enacted KRS 411.167 which now requires a claimant commencing any civil action against a healthcare provider, or long-term care facility, to file a “certificate of merit” when the complaint is filed.

by Ashley W. Ward and Joshua F. Barnette July 23, 2019
Articles

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
Press Releases

Demetrius Holloway named to Lawyers of Color's 2019 Nation's Best List

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Lawyers of Color has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Demetrius Holloway to its inaugural Nation’s Best list for 2019 in the Southern Region.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 11, 2019
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Stites & Harbison named to BTI Brand Elite 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—BTI Consulting Group has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC as a best-branded law firm in its BTI Brand Elite 2019: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 29, 2019
Press Releases

Greg Smith earns 2019 Best of the Bar Honors

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Nashville Business Journal honored Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Greg Smith with the 2019 Best of the Bar award.

by Gregory D. Smith May 21, 2019
Press Releases

Demetrius Holloway elected to American Diabetes Association's Board

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The American Diabetes Association (ADA) of Kentucky has elected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Demetrius Holloway to its Community Leadership Board.

by Stites & Harbsion and PLLC May 20, 2019
Press Releases

Jamie Little Appointed to Go Build Tennessee's Board of Directors

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Go Build Tennessee recently appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Jamie F. Little to their Board of Directors.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 17, 2019
Client Alerts

In Hindsight . . . Supreme Court of Kentucky Reaffirms Its Retrospective Approach to Enforcing Liquidated Damages Provisions

The Supreme Court of Kentucky recently reaffirmed its decision in Mattingly Bridge Co. v. Holloway & Son Const. Co. which established the standard for assessing the enforceability of a liquidated damages provision.

by Andrew J. Poltorak May 14, 2019
Press Releases

Chambers USA 2019 Honors Stites & Harbison

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 16 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2019 guide.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 08, 2019
Client Alerts

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Fuel adjustment clauses (FAC) have been a feature of electric bills in Kentucky since the 1950s. An FAC adjusts on a monthly basis the kWh rate paid by customers for electricity to reflect changes in the cost of fuel, and in many instances, purchased energy.

by Mark R. Overstreet May 07, 2019
Client Alerts

Groundhog Day? Supreme Court Strikes Down Class Arbitration Efforts...Again

In what finally may prove to be the effective death knell for most efforts to pursue class-wide arbitration, a closely-divided United States Supreme Court has now held that a party cannot be required to arbitrate claims on a class-wide basis unless the arbitration agreement clearly contemplates such a possibility.

by Chadwick A. McTighe, Marjorie A. Farris, and Sarah Cronan Spurlock April 30, 2019