Douglass Farnsley - Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Douglass Farnsley

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 502-681-0426

Doug Farnsley is the Immediate Past President of the Kentucky Bar Association. Until June 30, 2016, Doug served as the KBA’s President and previously served as President-Elect, as Vice President, and for six years served as a member of the KBA's Board of Governors.  Doug also chaired the KBA’s highly successful 2013 Convention.

Doug is a trial lawyer.  He has most recently tried cases to a jury in 2012, 2013, and 2015. Doug is also a Fellow of three invitation-only trial organizations - the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the International Society of Barristers.

Doug focuses on civil trial work, including the defense of product liability claims and professional and hospital liability claims. He has also tried cases involving employment law issues, to enforce payment pursuant to an insurance policy, for breach of warranty, and representing plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and death claims.  Doug has over 35 years of trial experience, including 50 plus matters successfully tried to verdict. He has argued cases before state and federal appellate courts.

Doug is Stites & Harbison's General Counsel and previously served on the firm's management committee.

University of North Carolina, Chapel HillBA 1973University of Louisville School of LawJ.D. 1976University of Wisconsin, MadisonLL.M 1980
American College of Trial LawyersInternational Academy of Trial LawyersInternational Society of BarristersAnnual Judicial Conference of the United States of Appeals for the Sixth CircuitKentucky Bar AssociationLouisville Bar AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationKentucky Bar Foundation

Case History

Jury Trial — In a 2015 jury trial, secured a $4.951M verdict on behalf of a 27 year old man who was struck by a city bus 
Kentucky litigation — Represents Fortune 50 company in the defense of claims throughout Kentucky 
Class Action — Successful defense of class action claims against a major nonprofit and for a telecommunications company 
  • Represents national rehabilitation healthcare provider throughout Kentucky 
  • Representation of medical device manufacturer in cases in California, Indiana, and Iowa 
Medical Malpractice — Defended and managed the defense of more than 700 medical malpractice cases for the former Kentucky Medical Insurance Company 

Client Comments

"Doug takes great interest in understanding our business and working with our insurance companies toward resolutions. He is a genuinely kind and caring person."

-S. Kay Manning
YMCA of Greater Louisville, Inc.

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2011 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation of the Louisville Metro Area2010 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law of the Louisville Metro Area
Douglass Farnsley has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!Douglass Farnsley has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants (Appellate, Birth Trauma, Brain Injury, Dental, Hospital Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Nursing Homes, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death)
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (Amusement Park Accidents, Appellate, Automobile Collision, Brain Injury, Catastrophic Injury, Insurance, Premises Liability, Professional Malpractice, Punitive Damages, Wrongful Death)
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (Appellate, Automobile, Insurance, Mass Tort, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical)

Other Information

Gender: Male