Ashley W. Ward

Ashley W. Ward


Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Recognized since 2007

Lexington, Kentucky

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Appellate Practice
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Ashley Ward has practiced in the Lexington office's Torts and Insurance Service Group since 1986 and is a co-leader of that group. He has tried more than 20 jury trials to verdict. He focuses on product liability, personal injury, medical malpractice, telecommunications and contractual disputes. Ashley also has considerable experience litigating will contests and other fiduciary disputes.

More Than Stites & Harbison

Upon graduation from law school, Ashley served as a law clerk for United States District Judge Scott Reed from 1984-86 in the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Ashley was inducted into the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) in 2014. His civic and community involvement includes volunteer work for the Democratic Party and a member of the board of directors for the Urban League (Lexington).

Location

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

Languages

  • English

Education

  • University of Kentucky , J.D., graduated 1984
  • University of Kentucky , BA, graduated 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, Kentucky Bar Association

Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers - Fellow
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) - Member
  • Fayette County Bar Association - Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association - Member

Federal Clerkships

  • United States District Court

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Appellate Practice

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Appellate Practice, Lexington (2021)
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Lexington (2018)
  • Appellate Practice, Lexington (2017)
  • Appellate Practice, Lexington (2015)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Special Focus

  • COVID-19

Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers (2007-present)
  • Benchmark Litigation magazine, Litigation Star (2015-19)

Negligent security case

Successfully defended SuperAmerica convenience stores in several negligent security cases

Right of Way Charter

Successfully upheld in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals BellSouth Telecommunication's statewide right of way charter

Physician Defense Verdicts

Obtained numerous defense verdicts for physicians at the University of Kentucky Medical Center

Malpractice matters

Obtained numerous defense verdicts for Kings Daughters Medical Center in malpractice cases

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