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John L. Tate, Stites & Harbison PLLC, Louisville, KY, co-chairs his firm’s Torts & Insurance Practice Group. John's national and regional litigation practice focuses on defending complex product liability lawsuits and managing serial litigation. His extensive trial experience includes admiralty claims, construction and insurance disputes, intellectual property, and a variety of personal injury matters.

John has tried cases to jury verdicts in eight states: Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, and Kentucky. In addition to frequent articles and lectures on legal topics, John also maintains an active appellate practice, representing appellees, appellants, and amici curiae in state and federal courts. John is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeal in the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuits. One of John's special interests is the application of Daubert criteria to exclude substandard opinion testimony. Decisions in some of John’s cases on this topic include Morehouse v. Louisville Ladder, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21766 (June 28, 2004); Reynolds v. Freightliner, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97244 (June 21, 2006); Hayes v. MTD Products, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66109 (Sept. 6, 2007); Walker v. Louisville Ladder, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9917 (Feb. 9, 2009); and Scarvelli v. Leatt Corporation, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98366 (July 15, 2013).


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