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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Carolyn Purcell Michener Appointed to Fund for the Arts NeXtGen Board

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Fund for the Arts recently appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Carolyn Purcell Michener to its NeXtGen Board. She will serve a three-year term.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 25, 2020
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Stites & Harbison Welcomes Former Federal Prosecutor Brian Butler to the Firm

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Brian Butler to the firm’s Louisville, Ky., office.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 05, 2020
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Aaron Klein Selected for Membership in Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court

The Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court recently selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Aaron Klein as an Associate member.

by Aaron R. Klein July 21, 2020
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Brittany Cross Carlson Selected for Leadership Kentucky’s Class of 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Leadership Kentucky has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney J. Brittany Cross Carlson as a member of the 2020 Leadership Kentucky program.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 17, 2020
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New Kentucky Statute Provides Defenses To Medical Workers Who Treat COVID-19 Patients

On March 30, 2020, Kentucky Senate Bill 150 became effective which addresses numerous issues arising from the COVID-19 state of emergency. Included in that new statute is a provision that for any health care provider who, in good faith, renders care or treatment of a COVID-19 patient during the state of emergency, those health care providers shall have a defense to civil liability for ordinary negligence for any personal injury resulting from that care or treatment or failure to provide or arrange further medical treatment.

by Ashley W. Ward May 18, 2020
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Robert Connolly Elected to The Nature Conservancy Board of Trustees

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Nature Conservancy recently elected Stites & Harbison, PLLC Chair, Robert M. Connolly, to its Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Chapter.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 08, 2020
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Chambers USA 2020 Honors 19 Stites & Harbison Attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 19 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2020 guide.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 05, 2020
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Stites & Harbison elects three attorneys to Management Committee

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC recently elected three members to the firm’s six-member Management Committee, replacing three attorneys who completed their terms of service. The new committee members are attorneys Erika Barnes, Carol Dan Browning and Richard Wehrle.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC March 05, 2020
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Demetrius Holloway appointed to Kentucky Personnel Board

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Governor Andy Beshear appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Demetrius Holloway to the Kentucky Personnel Board to serve a term expiring January 1, 2024.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC February 11, 2020
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Stites & Harbison Promotes Six Attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC announced that six attorneys have been promoted within the law firm effective January 2020.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 07, 2020
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Stites & Harbison welcomes five attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC announces the addition of five attorneys to the firm. Three are based in the Louisville, Ky., office; one is based in the Lexington, Ky., office; and one is based in the Nashville, Tenn., office.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 12, 2019
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Carolyn Purcell Michener selected for Fund for the Arts NeXt Ambassador Class of 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Fund for the Arts has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Carolyn Purcell Michener for the NeXt Ambassador Class of 2020.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 28, 2019