LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Fayette County Bar Association’s Women Lawyers’ Association (FCBA WLA) has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Elizabeth Lee Thompson as its Woman of the Year for 2021.
The FCBA WLA selects a Woman of the Year from member nominations. This award is given to a woman lawyer who has a distinguished legal career or is a leader in her area of practice, has been active in the FCBA WLA, has a history of public service and has mentored or encouraged women in the legal profession.
“We are incredibly proud of Liz,” stated Marjorie A. Farris, Chair of Stites & Harbison. “While an exceptional lawyer, Liz has spent her career mentoring attorneys – actively listening, providing honest feedback, advocating on an attorney’s behalf, respecting others’ opinions, and constantly motivating those around her to be better colleagues and attorneys. She is very deserving of this honor.”
Thompson is a Member (Partner) of Stites & Harbison and based in the Lexington, Ky., office. She is Chair of the firm’s Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy Service Group. Thompson’s practice focuses on creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and business litigation. She works with secured lenders to recover their loans and collateral through workout and forbearance, self-help remedies, state or federal court litigation or bankruptcy proceedings. Thompson assists secured and unsecured creditors, debtor in possession lenders, creditors’ committees, sureties, suppliers, contractors, landlords, utilities and purchasers of assets in complex commercial bankruptcies, including Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 cases nationally. She also has extensive trial experience before state and federal judges in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.
Outside of the firm, Thompson is active in numerous community organizations. She is a member of Northern Kentucky University’s Board of Regents, Central Kentucky International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation Board and Women Leading Kentucky’s Advisory Board. She was one of the founders and first president of the FCBA WLA.