LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The University of Kentucky recently named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney David Ratterman as the recipient of the Department of Civil Engineering’s Construction Management Founders Society (CMFS) Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony held on September 8.
The CMFS Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 1993. The award recognizes Kentuckians who have made significant contributions to the construction engineering profession. Honorees possess and exhibit outstanding ability, integrity and lifetime accomplishment in the construction industry.
“David is an outstanding attorney and an absolutely wonderful person,” said Robert M. Connolly, Chair of Stites & Harbison. “He has helped so many clients and has inspired so many people throughout his career. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor and award than David.”
Ratterman is a Senior Member (Partner) of Stites & Harbison in the Construction Service Group. His practice focuses on general construction law, with particular emphasis on the fabricated structural steel industry. His immersion in the construction industry began as a water boy on construction sites at age 10 and evolved through a series of engineering and construction positions with the U.S. Navy, state government and private industry. Ratterman received a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. In 2014, Ratterman was inducted into the UK College of Engineering Hall of Distinguished Alumni. In 2012, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the UK Alumni Association which recognizes those who have provided extraordinary service to the university and the association. He is a Life Member and past President of the UK Alumni Association, a UK Fellow, and has been a member of the UK Advocacy Network since its inception.