Thad M. Barnes

Thad M. Barnes

Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Recognized since 2013

Louisville, Kentucky

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

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Thad Barnes is an experienced trial attorney with approximately 40 bench and jury trials to his credit. Mr. Barnes' practice is focused on intellectual property litigation, complex commercial litigation, and health care litigation. Mr. Barnes has extensive experience in patent litigation, trade secret cases, product liability matters and works extensively with flavor and fragrance manufacturers. He is listed in Benchmark Litigation as a Litigation Star in the Intellectual Property practice area. Mr. Barnes also handles complex electronic discovery issues and advises clients on privacy, information security issues, and social media issues and works with clients to implement defensible approaches to the presentation, collection and production of electronically stored information (ESI) for litigation, government requests and investigations.

More Than Stites & Harbison

Previously, Mr. Barnes was Vice President and General Counsel of Triangle Seafood Inc. where he handled the company's litigation, federal compliance work, and general corporate affairs. Thad and his wife, Laura, stay busy attending the sporting events for their five children.

Community Involvement

  • St. Agnes Church, Member
  • Pi Kappa Alpha, Board of Directors

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

  • Commanding the Courtroom, University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Ky., November 2, 2018, with Matthew W. Breetz
  • 3rd Circ. Won't Revive $80M Fragrance Secrets Rowby Dan Packel,, February 12, 2016


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


  • English


  • University of Louisville , J.D., graduated 1993
  • University of Kentucky , BA, graduated 1990

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, Kentucky Bar Association
  • Tennessee, Tennessee Bar Association


  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association - Member
  • Louisville Bar Association - Member
  • Memphis Bar Association - Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) - Member
  • Leo Bearman Jr. American Inns of Court Society - Member
  • Federal Bar Association - Member

Court Admissions

  • 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 District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

Stites & Harbison, PLLC
Headquarters: Louisville, Kentucky

94 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

16 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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

  • Commercial Litigation

Special Focus

  • COVID-19


  • Kentucky Super Lawyers
  • Benchmark Litigation magazine, Litigation Star

Products Liability Litigation

Successfully represented flavor manufacturer in New Jersey federal court in a products liability litigation against a supplier of adulterated products

Patent Infringement

Represented a UK protective case manufacturer against patent infringement claims filed by OtterBox at the United States International Trade Commission, In the Matter of Certain Protective Cases for Electronic Devices and Components Thereof, Investigation No. 337-TA-955 filed by OtterBox. Obtained complete dismissal of the investigation. See "Victory for Tech21 as OtterBox ends patent dispute with protective case rival," MOBILE NEWS (September 15, 2015).

Trade Secret case

After a five week jury trial in New Jersey federal court, obtained a unanimous defense verdict in favor of fragrance company Mane USA, Inc. dismissing claims that the company conspired with a perfumer to misappropriate over 600 trade secret fragrance formulas from a competitor–Swiss fragrance giant Givaudan Fragrances Corp. Givaudan had claimed $80 million in damages. Before trial, Mane obtained partial summary judgment from the Court dismissing the majority of the claims in a decision that received national attention as an important case regarding potential trade secret liability for subsequent employers. See Givaudan Fragrances Corp. v. Krivda, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 153437 (D.N.J. Civil Action No. 3:08-cv-04409, Oct. 25, 2013), reported in Failure to Provide Specific Information On Alleged Misappropriations Fatal to Claims, Bloomberg, BNA Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal (October 29, 2013).

Lead Counsel

Lead counsel in obtaining $40 million settlement for global flavor manufacturer V. Mane Fils ( against a competitor for claims of patent infringement, false advertising, and tortious interference. See: NEW YORK TIMES, IFF and Mane Announce Settlement of Mane's Lawsuit Concerning Monomenthyl Succinate (December 29, 2011) V. Mane Fils S.A. v. Int'l Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., 249 F.R.D. 152 (D.N.J. 2008), reported in NEW JERSEY LAW JOURNAL, Use of Attorneys' Letters To Woo Business Held To Waive Privilege (March 5, 2008) V. Mane Fils S.A. v. Int'l Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38637 (D.N.J. Apr. 8, 2011) V. Mane Fils S.A. v. Int'l Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49578 (D.N.J. June 23, 2008) V. Mane Fils S.A. v. Int'l Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63619 (D.N.J. Aug. 19, 2008) V. Mane Fils S.A. v. Int'l Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82540 (D.N.J. Oct. 15, 2008) V. Mane Fils S.A. v. Int'l Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 56462 (D.N.J. July 1, 2009) V. Mane Fils S.A. v. Int'l Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45645 (D.N.J. May 6, 2010)

Arbitration Trial

Lead counsel in successful international arbitration trial involving pro audio music speaker manufacturer and foreign distributor for 40 countries

Hospital Merger Challenge

Successfully defended a second request hospital merger challenge by Federal Trade Commission

Environmental Remediation

Co-counsel in multi-million dollar environmental remediation and allocation dispute involving international corporations.

Document Retention

Developed numerous document retention/ESI policies for large U.S. corporations

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