J. Clarke Keller

J. Clarke Keller


Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Recognized since 2007

Lexington, Kentucky

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Mediation

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Clarke Keller's practice focuses on defending Kentucky-area emergency medical service providers, 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. 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.

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. Mr. Keller recently completed eight years of service on the Board of Trustees for Lexington Catholic High School, two of those years as Chair, and is a member and lector of Christ the King Cathedral Parish. He's also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and past president of the Notre Dame Club of Central Kentucky.

Location

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

Languages

  • English

Education

  • University of Kentucky, J.D., graduated 1984
  • University of Notre Dame, BBA, graduated 1973

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, Kentucky Bar Association

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association - Member
  • Fayette County Bar Association - Member
  • Mediation Center of Kentucky - Certified Mediator
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys - Member
  • Transportation Lawyers Association - Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mediation

Special Focus

  • COVID-19

Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers (2007-present)

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

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