Robert M. "Bob" Connolly

Robert M. "Bob" Connolly

Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Recognized since 2006

Louisville, Kentucky

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Bet-the-Company Litigation
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Bob Connolly is based in the Louisville office where he previously served as Chair of the firm. He currently serves as General Counsel to the firm. He has been with the firm since 1980 and is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Section and the Torts & Insurance Practice Service Group.

Bob has tried more than 80 cases to jury verdicts in several states. He has also argued before every appellate court in the federal and state courts of Kentucky. His practice includes defending complex product liability claims and construction and commercial disputes. He has also had experience in administrative, OSHA, insurance, and admiralty claims.

Bob also served as a Special Justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court, Greene, et. al. v. Commonwealth of Kentucky, Administrative Office of the Courts, et. al., 349 S.W.3d 892 (KY September 22, 2011).

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Maneuvering: How the pandemic has forced Louisville law firms to rethink the workplace, By Sarah Shadburne, Louisville Business First, November 27, 2020
  • Stites leader Robert Connolly on how his office manages the state of downtown, By Chris Larson, Louisville Business First, October 13, 2020
  • Legal Services: Tech Proves Its Case, by Mark Green, The Lane Report, September 18, 2020
  • GUEST COMMENT: What businesses need to look for with Covid-19 liability, Louisville Business First, August 14, 2020, with Douglas B. Bates and Ashley N. Goins
  • Market Review: Louisville legal community helps array of clients navigate COVID-19 impact, by Greg Paeth, The Lane Report, August 4, 2020
  • Ky. Law Firm Leaders' Verdict for 2020: More Growth, The Lane Report, February 3, 2020

Community Involvement

  • Kentucky Legal Education Opportunity (KLEO) Program, Founding Member
  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Kentucky Chapter, Board of Trustees (2020-present)
  • Downtown Louisville Rotary Club, Member
  • Jefferson Street Baptist Church, Past President

  • 400 West Market Street, Suite 1800
    Louisville, KY 40202-3352
  • English
  • Washington and Lee University, J.D., graduated 1980
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., graduated 1977
Bar Admissions
  • Kentucky, Kentucky Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers - Fellow and Kentucky State Committee Chair
  • American Bar Association - Fellow
  • American Bar Association - Member; ABA Committee on Products Liability Litigation, Subcommittee on Discovery
  • Defense Research Institute - Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association - Member
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel - Former Board Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America - Fellow
  • Louisville Bar Association - Member and past member of board of directors
  • Louisville Bar Foundation - Fellow and past president
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States - Member
  • Trial Law Institute - Member
  • Diversity Law Institute - Member
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western Distsrict of Kentucky
  • Admitted Pro Hac Vice in Several Jurisdictions

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Bet-the-Company Litigation
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Louisville (2021)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
Special Focus:
  • Appellate
  • Breach of Contract
  • Civil Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction
  • COVID-19
  • Food and Drug
  • Mass Tort
  • Product Liability
  • Tort
  • ChambersUSA America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2004-present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers (2007-present)
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers, Top 50 Attorneys in the State (2012-15, 2017, 2022)
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

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