J. Clarke Keller - Stites & Harbison, PLLC

J. Clarke Keller

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 859-226-2302

Clarke Keller's practice focuses on commercial litigation, product liability litigation and transportation law, including aviation, motor carriers and railroads. He serves as chair of the Business Litigation Group in the firm's Lexington office. Recently he helped a start-up commercial enterprise obtain an FAA exemption and Certificate of Authorization to operate an unmanned aerial system (UAS) or drone, for commercial purposes.  Additionally, Mr. Keller also maintains a successful mediation practice having effectively mediated hundreds of cases throughout his career. 

Before Stites & Harbison

Clarke was an officer and helicopter pilot in the U.S. Air Force from 1974-81 and served as a helicopter pilot in the Kentucky Army National Guard from 1983 to 1990.
More Than Stites & Harbison

Mr. Keller serves on the Board of Trustees for Lexington Catholic High School, is the Board’s immediate past chair, and is a member and lector of Christ the King Cathedral Parish. He's also a member of the Lexington Rotary Club, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and past president of the Notre Dame Club of Central Kentucky.


University of Notre DameBBA 1973University of Kentucky College of LawJ.D. 1984
American Bar AssociationKentucky Bar AssociationFayette County Bar AssociationMediation Center of KentuckyAssociation of Defense Trial AttorneysTransportation Lawyers AssociationDefense Research Institute (DRI)

Case History

Trial Practice — Was part of the Stites & Harbison trial team that obtained a favorable jury verdict for a major chemical corporation against multiple plaintiffs 
Workers' Compensation case — Led team of attorneys defending a national workers' compensation carrier against allegations of claims mishandling in 21 states 
Airport Litigation — Successfully defended the local airport board in litigation arising from a fatal aircraft accident 
Aircraft Litigation — Obtained summary judgment on third-party complaint against client in helicopter accident litigation 

Office Location

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

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Other Information

Gender: Male