Stites & Harbison, PLLC, announced today that Kentucky native Marjorie A. Farris will become the firm’s new Chair effective January 2021. She will be the first woman to lead the firm since its founding in 1832. Farris will succeed Robert M. Connolly, who served as the firm’s Chair for the past six years. Upon completing his current term, Connolly will return to his litigation practice based in the Louisville office.
Farris is currently Stites & Harbison’s Co-Chair of the Class Action and Multi-District Litigation Group and a member of the Torts & Insurance Practice Service Group. An accomplished trial lawyer, Farris has actively defended more than 75 class actions nationwide. She is the long-standing author of the Kentucky Section of the ABA’s Survey of State Class Action Law included in Newberg on Class Actions. Best Lawyers in America® named Farris the 2021 Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for her defense of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions. Her practice encompasses a wide variety of substantive matters, including product liability, insurance bad faith, ERISA, and complex business disputes. Farris earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, where she was Law Review’s Notes Editor, and her B.A. with high distinction from the University of Kentucky. Farris is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board.