Anne E. Gorham - Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Anne E. Gorham

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 859-226-2308

Anne is a Member in the firm's Lexington office where she is a member of the Construction Service Group.  Her practice focuses on construction law and litigation and sustainability and emerging technologies. She is a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers, serves on their board of governors and will chair their annual meeting in 2016.

University of Kentucky College of LawJ.D. 1991University of KentuckyBBA 1987
American College of Construction LawyersAmerican Bar Association Forum on the Construction IndustryAmerican Bar AssociationKentucky Bar AssociationFayette County Bar AssociationFederal Bar AssociationAmerican Arbitration AssociationKentucky Law Journal Association, Inc.American Bar FoundationOhio Valley Chapter of the DBIAABA Committee on Products Liability LitigationLitigation Counsel of America

Case History

Construction Contracts
  • Developed and negotiated design and construction contracts for owner/developer of $1 billion investment in manufacturing facilities in South Carolina 
  • Participated in the development of term sheets and EPC contracts for $3 billion coal gasification facility in Western Kentucky 
  • Drafted and negotiated design build contract for fracking sands plant 
  • Review, advise and draft contracts, purchase orders, subconsultant agreements and subcontracts for multi-state design builder involved in projects ranging from $20 million to $140 million 
PSD Air Permit challenge — Successfully defended a multifaceted challenge of a PSD air permit by the Sierra Club and other citizens' groups relating to the Cash Creek coal gasification facility 
Bridge Painting litigation — Successfully litigated a case for a Minnesota bridge painting contractor, its subcontractor and  its surety against the Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Her clients achieved a $12 million settlement from the Cabinet, the largest settlement paid in the history of the Transportation Cabinet. 
Gas Pipeline — Negotiated successful resolution of a multi-million dollar dispute with a contractor and its surety regarding the failure of the contractor to timely complete installation of a gas pipeline under the Spring River in Iowa 

Client Comments

"Throughout our organization, Anne is very well respected for her business-minded advice and construction law expertise. I would put her up against any construction lawyer in the country and feel I had a great chance at success. Gray values its relationship with such an outstanding professional."

-Scott Parker
Chief Financial Officer
Gray Construction

"I have worked with Anne for about 10 years. In these 10 years, Anne has represented us in issues related to the subcontractor level and the owner level. Her approach to these issues is always very thorough, thoughtful, and time-sensitive. I cannot recall one instance through the years where Anne has failed to meet a deadline, or meet that deadline with a work product that meets our requirements. Many times, too many, I have called Anne to review a customer contract with less than 24 hours notice. She has always been able to accomplish the task, and accomplish the task pleasantly and with a great attitude. Finally, she is a pleasure to work with and we look forward to another 10 years of business together. "

"Anne Gorham is the best I have ever worked with in representing the best interests of the airport in construction law, contract development, contractor and consultant agreements, and dispute resolution. She is always very responsive and helps us understand the issues and concerns in layman's terms. She always has our best interest at the top of her list. Anne is also very knowledgeable regarding the Design-Build method of project delivery, and is very active in trade organizations promoting the D-B process. Anne is very easy to communicate with, and is a pleasure to work with."

-John P. Slone
Director of Planning & Development
Blue Grass Airport

"Anne Gorham was our joint venture's lead counsel in a very complicated builder's risk matter with a large municipal waste water facility. Anne was always well prepared and logical in her approach. More importantly, she never lost sight of the goal of early resolution of the issue. I would give her the highest marks as a construction lawyer."

-Bill Ernstrom
General Counsel & Senior Vice President
Alberici Group

Office Location

250 West Main Street, Suite 2300
Lexington, KY 40507-1758
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Construction of the Lexington Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law of the Lexington Metro Area
Anne E. Gorham has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Anne E. Gorham has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Construction Law (Architects and Engineers, Commercial Development, Construction Disputes, Contract Review and Negotiation, Contractors, Design, Industrial, Insurance, Surety)
Litigation - Construction

Other Information

Gender: Female