Thad Barnes and Michael Denbow Appointed to Lead Stites & Harbison’s Business Litigation Service Group

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 22, 2024)—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that attorneys Thad M. Barnes and Michael Denbow have been appointed to Co-Chair the firm’s Business Litigation Service Group. Each attorney will continue their diverse legal practices in business litigation.

“Stites & Harbison is fortunate to have so many strong leaders across the firm. I know Thad and Michael will do an excellent job serving as Co-Chairs of the group while helping the team execute on the firm’s strategic goals,” stated Marjorie A. Farris, Chair of Stites & Harbison. “We are grateful to Chad McTighe for his past leadership of the Business Litigation Group and welcome him to the Management Committee where he will be able to make an even greater impact at Stites.”

Barnes is a Member (Partner) of Stites & Harbison in the Louisville office. He is currently Chair of the Pretrial Practice & eDiscovery Group and the Lateral Recruiting Committee. Barnes handles litigation across the nation and his practice is focused on complex commercial litigation, intellectual property and health care litigation. He works closely with flavor and fragrance manufacturers and has extensive trial experience in patent litigation, trade secret cases and product liability matters. Barnes also works with clients to implement defensible approaches to the presentation, collection and production of electronically stored information (ESI) for litigation, government requests and investigations.

Denbow is a Member (Partner) of Stites & Harbison in the Louisville office. He is currently the Chair of the White Collar Practice Group. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and other government and regulatory matters. He handles matters in federal and state courts throughout the Southeast and represents clients when dealing with such government entities as the Department of Justice, the FBI, the SEC and the CFPB, among others. Denbow also routinely represents professional athletes and entertainers in contract negotiations, business advice and litigation matters.

About Stites & Harbison

Stites & Harbison, PLLC is a nationally recognized, full-service law firm. With 11 offices across six states — Kentucky, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia — the firm represents clients across the United States and internationally. Tracing its origins to 1832, Stites & Harbison is known as a preeminent firm managing sophisticated transactions, challenging litigation and complex regulatory matters on a daily basis. For more information, visit

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