John Bartlett has been a member of Stites & Harbison's Business and Litigation sections since 1978 and has recently become a member of the firm's Trusts & Estates Service Group. His practice is diverse, but is principally focused on employee benefits, executive compensation and related employment matters, and on trusts and estate planning and administration. He also is engaged in appellate advocacy, class action defense, and complex litigation. In addition to his service to clients of the firm, Mr. Bartlett serves as the principal in-firm administrator of the firm's employee benefits programs.
In the firm's Business section, Mr. Bartlett assists for-profit, non-profit, and governmental clients in designing and implementing employee pension and welfare benefit plans and programs, including retirement and health plans and executive compensation packages, and helps clients maintain compliance of their employee plans and programs with applicable laws. In the firm's Trusts & Estates Service Group, Mr. Bartlett is available to assist clients with planning and administration of trusts and estates, charitable and non-profit organizations, estate and gift taxes, probate, and fiduciary law. In the firm's Litigation section, Mr. Bartlett handles and assists in appeals in both federal and state courts, including experience in actions brought before the United States Supreme Court, and is part of Stites & Harbison's litigation teams handling defense of federal and state class actions and multidistrict and other complex litigation matters.
Employee Benefits Counsel — Acting as employee benefits counsel and resolving employee benefits issues in sale of industrial coatings designer and manufacturer
Utility Contract Litigation — Litigation team member responsible for contract issues in extensive utility contract litigation between large international corporations
Medical Negligence — Post-trial defense team for hospital obtaining favorable settlement of large medical negligence verdict
Pension Benefit Plans — Re-qualification with Internal Revenue Service of numerous client pension benefit plans