Litigation & Appeals

Product Liability Litigation

Stites & Harbison represents a broad cross-section of product manufacturers in regional and national litigation. We are trial and appellate lawyers who focus on defending complex or high-profile lawsuits.

Stites & Harbison has significant experience with most consumer, commercial, and industrial products, including:

  • Asbestos
  • Agricultural vehicles & implements
  • Automobiles & component parts
  • Building materials
  • Beverages
  • Chemicals & dyes
  • Construction equipment
  • Electrical equipment & electronics
  • Food production
  • Industrial tools & presses
  • Ladders & scaffolding
  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plastics & composites
  • Recreational vehicles & products
  • Steel & iron components
  • Trucks & transportation fleets
  • Toxic substances

Stites & Harbison also makes a special effort to counsel clients on prevention and risk-management aimed at reducing the incidence of product-related accidents and minimizing or preventing product liability lawsuits.

When lawsuits do occur, our firm's lawyers actively involve product manufacturers in developing the most effective defenses. Among other activities, we:

  • Coordinate the defense of product liability litigation on a regional and national basis
  • Select local counsel
  • Formulate sophisticated strategies
  • Manage relevant and discoverable documents
  • Identify and protect privileged documents
  • Provide uniform discovery responses
  • Prepare company employees for depositions
  • Develop expert witness testimony.

In addition, our lawyers are experienced in litigation budgeting, alternative fee arrangements, and cost-effective case management.

More than 20 attorneys with the firm are trained in the engineering disciplines and natural sciences. Members of the group participate in all national organizations with an interest in the effective defense of product liability lawsuits, serve on editorial boards of industry publications, write and publish useful articles, and appear on national product liability panels and programs.

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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
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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

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
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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
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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
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Bill Geisen Elected to American College of Construction Lawyers Board of Governors

COVINGTON, Ky.—The American College of Construction Lawyers (ACCL) has elected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Bill Geisen to its Board of Governors. He will serve a three-year term.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC March 10, 2022
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Brian Butler Named to Bingham Fellows Class of 2022

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Leadership Louisville Center recently announced that Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Brian Butler is one of 47 community leaders selected to participate in the Bingham Fellows Class of 2022.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 26, 2022
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Stites & Harbison Continues Expansion in Atlanta – Lands Commercial Litigation Team of 12 from Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell LLP

ATLANTA—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 12 attorneys from Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell, LLP (CSKL), including named Partner Johannes S. Kingma, Managing Partner Shannon M. Sprinkle and General Counsel William D. Newcomb, have joined Stites & Harbison’s Atlanta office.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 24, 2022
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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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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