Joseph L. Hardesty - Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Joseph L. Hardesty

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009
Phone: 502-681-0608

Joe Hardesty handles complex commercial litigation for clients with particular emphasis on representing clients in construction and business disputes.  He defends and prosecutes claims for clients arising from major construction projects throughout the country, surety disputes, commercial real estate disputes and a variety of disputes arising from business transactions.  He also advises clients on matters related to government regulation, contracting and compliance.

Before Stites & Harbison

Mr. Hardesty was in-house counsel at BellSouth Corporation where he handled litigation and regulatory matters. Prior to law school, Mr. Hardesty was a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army, where he served in the Eighth Infantry Division in Germany and First Army Headquarters in Maryland. After leaving the active Army to attend law school, Mr. Hardesty continued to serve in the Army Reserves until 1999.

United States Military AcademyBS 1976University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of LawJ.D. 1984
American Bar AssociationKentucky Bar AssociationLouisville Bar AssociationIndiana Bar AssociationAmerican Corporate Counsel Assocation

Case History

Construction Manager — Represented Construction Manager on a variety of legal issues arising from construction of the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville 
Wage Dispute — Successfully represented subcontractor through a negotiated settlement in a prevailing wage dispute with the state labor cabinet 
Commercial Real Estate Dispute — Obtained a summary judgment in federal court in favor of a residential home builder arising from a commercial real estate dispute 
Insurance Bad Faith Suit — Successfully defended a payment bond surety in an insurance bad faith suit 
Construction Delay case — Successfully prosecuted a claim for a general contractor against a subcontractor for delays and defective work arising from Federal construction project at Fort Campbell, Kentucky 
Advertising Contract Dispute — Successfully defended telecommunication company in directory advertising contract dispute 

Client Comments

"Joe is an excellent litigator. He has a thorough understanding of the law and is able to identify essential issues and applicable law and legal theories quickly. More importantly, Joe invests his time and energy to learn about his clients and their business so that he may best apply his legal skill to enable his clients to achieve their business objectives. There are many fine litigators, but there very few skilled litigators like Joe that take the time to understand and appreciate the business context of litigation. I recommend Joe with enthusiasm and without reservation."

-Jeff Berger
McBride & Son Homes

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Construction Law of the Louisville Metro Area
Joseph L. Hardesty has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Construction Law (Arbitration and Mediation, Commercial Development, Commercial Litigation, Condominiums, Construction Disputes, Insurance, Insurance Coverage, Residential Development)
Litigation - Construction

Other Information

Gender: Male