David B. Ratterman - Stites & Harbison, PLLC

David B. Ratterman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003
Phone: 502-681-0539

David Ratterman is a Member of the firm's Construction Service Group, concentrating his practice in 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.

He has been an officer or advisor to 12 industry trade organizations and professional societies involved in the fabricated structural steel industry. Since 1989, he has served as Secretary and General Counsel of the American Institute of Steel Construction and also serves on that body's "Code of Standard Practice" Committee and as counsel to its National Steel Bridge Alliance.

David has been lead trial counsel for numerous contractors, design professionals, material suppliers and construction owners involved in complex matters in litigation, arbitration and construction mediation. Formally trained as a construction arbitrator and mediator and listed on several national construction neutral panels, David has participated as an ADR neutral or advocate in resolution of construction disputes totaling well in excess of a half billion dollars.

Mr. Ratterman was also an advisor to FEMA Task Forces that investigated structural damage caused by the 1994 Northridge, California, earthquake and the September 11, 2001, collapse of the World Trade Center towers.

He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  He is a Fellow and has served on the Board of Governors of the American College of Construction Lawyers, and in 2014 was awarded the Past Presidents' Award for exemplary service to the College over a period spanning nearly the entire 25-year history of the College's existence.  David was the Founder and first Chair of the Kentucky Bar Association Section on Construction and Public Contract Law. In March 2012, The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) named a new college scholarship after Mr. Ratterman called the "David B. Ratterman Fast Start AISC Scholarship Program."  The scholarship provides special consideration to the college age children of the steel industry's blue and white-collar families.  On June 15, 2012, David received the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the UK Alumni Association which recognizes those who have provided extraordinary service to the university and the association.  He is President of the UK Alumni Association and a former Treasurer (2013-14).

A prolific author and speaker on a wide variety of construction law topics, David has presented or published in excess of 50 research papers, technical papers and articles. He has participated in or moderated numerous panel discussions on construction law topics at a wide variety of domestic and international academic symposia.

University of KentuckyMech.E. 1968University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of LawJ.D. 1975University of LouisvilleMBA 1980
American College of Construction LawyersAmerican Bar AssociationAmerican Bar FoundationKentucky Bar AssociationLouisville Bar AssociationDowntown Louisville Rotary ClubLouisville Committee on Foreign RelationsAmerican Institute of Steel ConstructionSociety of Construction Law, United Kingdom

Client Comments

"David Ratterman has an excellent grasp of his practice area and provides excellent information of how far and at how much cost is involved to attack a legal issue."

-Roger Ferch
American Institute of Steel Construction

"David has the rare ability to balance a deep and broad range of knowledge and experience in construction issues with the traditional roles of an attorney and counselor; that gives clients a great comfort level. His instinct for figuring out where to devote resources to solve problems created efficient, effective outcomes."

-David Zalesne
Owen Steel Company

"David is an expert in matters involving Structural Steel Construction."

-John Bailey
Prospect Steel Company

Office Location

400 West Market Street, Suite 1800
Louisville, KY 40202-3352
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law of the Louisville Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Construction of the Louisville Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law of the Louisville Metro Area
David B. Ratterman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!David B. Ratterman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!David B. Ratterman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Construction Law
Litigation - Construction

Other Information

Gender: Male