Best Lawyers Names 11 Stites & Harbison Attorneys as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2018


The Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named 11 attorneys from Stites & Harbison, PLLC as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2018.  Only one lawyer in each high-profile legal specialty in large legal communities is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”  The honored attorneys named include:

W. Bradford Boone                Lexington Tax Law Lawyer of the Year

Mark R. Overstreet                 Lexington Administrative / Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year

Elizabeth Lee Thompson        Lexington Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and                                                 Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year

Ashley W. Ward                     Lexington Product Liability Litigation – Defendants Lawyer of the Year

John A. Bartlett                      Louisville Litigation – ERISA Lawyer of the Year

Joel T. Beres                           Louisville Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year

Joseph L. Hardesty                 Louisville Litigation – Construction Lawyer of the Year

William E. Hellmann              Louisville Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year

Marc S. Murphy                      Louisville Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year

Alexandra MacKay                 Nashville Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year

Gregory D. Smith                   Nashville Family Law Lawyer of the Year

Of special note, seven of Stites & Harbison’s honored attorneys for 2018 have received the “Lawyer of the Year” honor two or more times — John Bartlett, Joel Beres, Joseph Hardesty, Alexandra MacKay, Mark Overstreet, Gregory Smith and Ashley Ward.

The Best Lawyers in America© is a nationally recognized referral guide to the legal profession that has been published since 1983.  Attorneys selected for the publication are reviewed by professional peers through an extensive survey. 

About Stites & Harbison

Stites & Harbison, PLLC is a nationally recognized, full-service business and litigation law firm with 10 offices in five states – Kentucky, Georgia, Indiana, Tennessee and Virginia.  Tracing its origins to 1832, Stites & Harbison is one of the oldest law practices in the nation and among the largest law firms in the Southeast.  For more information, visit

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