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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Events

2020 Issues for Corporate House Counsel CLE

Date: 4/16/20
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

University of Louisville ShelbyHurst Campus, Founders Union Building, 450 N. Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222

Joshua Barnette, Michael Denbow, Sarah Spurlock, Demetrius Holloway and Rebecca Weis will be presenters at this CLE presented by the Kentucky Bar Association on April 16, 2020

Joshua F. Barnette, Michael Denbow, Demetrius O. Holloway, Sarah Cronan Spurlock, and Rebecca A. Weis March 06, 2020
Press Releases

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
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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
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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
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
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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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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
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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
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Stites & Harbison attorneys Robert Scully and Jeffery Langer honored by Super Lawyers for 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The 2019 editions of Virginia Super Lawyers and Washington DC Super Lawyers have honored attorneys Robert E. Scully, Jr. and Jeffery P. Langer, Ph.D., of the Alexandria, Va., office of Stites & Harbison, PLLC.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC April 16, 2019