Stites & Harbison, PLLC, is a preeminent law firm based in strategic Southeastern locations and sought by business and institutional clients nationwide for sophisticated transactions, difficult litigation, and complex regulatory matters.
Tracing its origins to 1832, Stites & Harbison is one of the oldest law practices in the nation, and among the largest law firms in the region.
Our practice includes:
Seven fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers
Three fellows of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
Two fellows of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers
One member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys
Four fellows of the American College of Construction Lawyers
One fellow of the American College of Equine Lawyers
One fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, and
Three attorneys certified in business bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification.
Our firm and its attorneys are well-represented in numerous national, regional and state ratings lists. A few examples:
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have released their 2013 ratings for the "Best Law Firms" in America. Stites & Harbison placed in the top 50 (#46 to be precise) of all firms in the total number of metropolitan practices ranked. In addition, two of the firm’s practices were rated first tier on a national practice basis.
90 Stites & Harbison lawyers are listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014
63 Stites & Harbison lawyers are listed in the current Super Lawyers magazine, representing the top five percent of lawyers in their state
33 Stites & Harbison lawyers are listed in the current edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
Four Stites & Harbison lawyers are listed in Nashville Business Journal's Best of the Bar for 2012, and
30 Stites & Harbison lawyers are listed in Louisville Magazine's Top Lawyers in 2013
A few more vital statistics:
Stites & Harbison has approximately 240 attorneys and a support staff of almost 300. Our firm's attorneys are currently admitted to practice in 21 states and the District of Columbia; 16 are Registered U.S. Patent Attorneys, and nine have earned LEED Accredited Professional or LEED Green Associate credentials. Stites & Harbison is also a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Stites & Harbison has offices in Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort, and Covington, Kentucky; Jeffersonville, Indiana; Nashville, Memphis and Franklin, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; and Alexandria, Virginia. Our offices are networked and function seamlessly through use of the latest technology.
In 1999, Stites & Harbison joined with two highly regarded and well-established practices. The firm created its Atlanta office in May 1999 by merging with Varner, Stephens, Humphries, & White. On Jan. 1, 2000, Stites & Harbison merged with Kentucky's premier intellectual property practice, Wheat, Smith, & Beres PLC.
On Jan. 1, 2001, Stites & Harbison teamed with the highly respected Nashville firm of Farris, Warfield & Kanaday, giving the expanded firm a regional footprint in four contiguous states and offices in three state capitals, two of the South's money centers, and the region's most dynamic economies. And effective Jan. 1, 2004, the firm merged with the well- regarded intellectual property firm of Larson & Taylor increasing its number of registered patent attorneys.
Stites & Harbison is managed by a Chairman elected by the Membership, and a Management Committee of six other members elected for two-year staggered terms by and from the members at large.
Reporting to the Management Committee are an Executive Director, committees of members and associates for Professional Personnel, which includes Recruiting and Professional Development groups, Marketing, Planning, Investments and Ethics.