Joseph L. Hardesty: Lawyer with Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Joseph L. Hardesty

Louisville,  KY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Litigation
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Construction
  • Sustainability & Emerging Technology
  • Pretrial Practice & eDiscovery
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith & Regulatory Litigation
  • Government & Regulatory Litigation
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Natural Resources & Energy
  • Energy
  • Utilities/Infrastructure
  • Insurance Carriers/Brokers/Agents
  • Educational Institutions
  • Telecommunications
  • Government Procurement & Contracts
University United State Military Academy, B.S., Engineering, 1976
Law SchoolUniversity of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, J.D., 1984 University of Louisville Law Review, Executive Editor, Dean's List
Admitted1984, Kentucky and Indiana; 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 Northern District of Indiana; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit


American Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

Louisville Bar Association

Indiana Bar Association

American Corporate Counsel Association

BornLafayette, Indiana, August 2, 1954

Joe Hardesty handles complex litigation for clients with particular emphasis on representing clients in construction and business disputes. He defends and prosecutes claims for clients arising from major construction projects throughout the country, surety disputes, commercial real estate disputes and a variety of disputes arising from business transactions. He also advises clients on matters related to government regulation, contracting and compliance.

Recent Assignments

•Represented Construction Manager on a variety of legal issues arising from construction of the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville
•Successfully represented subcontractor through a negotiated settlement in a prevailing wage dispute with the state labor cabinet
•Obtained a summary judgment in federal court in favor of a residential home builder arising from a commercial real estate dispute
•Successfully defended a payment bond surety in an insurance bad faith suit
•Successfully prosecuted a claim for a general contractor against a subcontractor for delays and defective work arising from Federal construction project at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
•Successfully defended telecommunication company in directory advertising contract dispute

What Clients Say

Joe is an excellent litigator . . .thorough understanding of the law . . . very few skilled litigators like Joe that take the time to understand and appreciate the business context . . .
- Best Lawyers, 2011

Recent Articles and Speaking Engagements

•President Obama signs Executive Order to increase minimum wage for federal contractors and to expand eligibility for overtime pay,Stites & Harbison Client Alert, March 19, 2014
•Procurement Fraud: Liability Under the Federal False Claims Act,Society of American Military Engineers, Kentuckiana Post Small Business Workshop, January 28, 2014
•Legal Issues with Temporary Employees,Kentucky AGC Safety Day, September 27, 2013
•OSHA focuses on safety of temporary workers,Stites & Harbison Client Alert, September 24, 2013
•Job Site Safety: Does a Construction Manager have a Legal Duty of Care to Workers for Job Site Safety?,The Voice, The official magazine for The Construction Users Roundtable, Spring 2013
•Contractor found liable under the Federal False Claims Act for subcontractor's failure to pay Davis Bacon Act prevailing wages,Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Client Alert, October 15, 2012
•Does a construction manager have a legal duty of care to workers for job site safety?,Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Client Alert, March 29, 2012
•Is your construction project subject to the Davis-Bacon Act?,Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Client Alert, November 23, 2011
•Federal contract reporting of first-tier subcontracts now applied to prime contracts greater than $25,000,Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Client Alert, February 25, 2011
•Disappointed bidders should file timely bid protests,Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Client Alert, November 19, 2010
•Homebuilder's commercial liability insurance may not completely protect you, with Michael D. Risley, Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Client Alert, March 30, 2010
•Legal Issues for Kentucky Design Professionals, with Angela R. Stephens, Half Moon Seminars, Louisville, Ky., March 12, 2008
•What to do When a Construction Project Goes Bad, with Erika R. Barnes, Steven M. Henderson, Angela R. Stephens, Lorman Education Services, Louisville, Ky., February 26, 2008
•Brown v. Board of Education-50 Years Later in Jefferson County,Louisville Downtown Rotary Club, July 22, 2004

Before Stites & Harbison

Mr. Hardesty was in-house counsel at BellSouth Corporation where he handled litigation and regulatory matters. Prior to law school, Mr. Hardesty was a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army, where he served in the Eighth Infantry Division in Germany and First Army Headquarters in Maryland. After leaving the active Army to attend law school, Mr. Hardesty continued to serve in the Army Reserves until 1999.

More Than Stites & Harbison

Mr. Hardesty served on the Jefferson County Board of Education from 1990-2012 and was Chair of the Board in 1997, 1998 and 2004-2008. In 2008, he was named the Outstanding School Board Member for Kentucky by the Kentucky School Board Association. He currently serves on the board of the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to assist and support the public school system in Jefferson County, Kentucky. In 2013, Mr. Hardesty was appointed by Governor Beshear to serve as a trustee on the Kentucky Retirement System Board of Trustees.

Besides Stites & Harbison

During his free time, Joe enjoys spending time with his family. He enjoys running, water sports, golf and outdoor activities.

Professional Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated

Best Lawyers in America, Construction Litigation (2009-14)

Kentucky Super Lawyers, Business Litigation and Construction Litigation (2007, 2010-14)

Community Involvement

Jefferson County Public Education Foundation

Kentucky Retirement System Board of Trustees

Business Leader Champions for Education, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Jefferson County Board of Education, 1990-2012

Rotary Club of Louisville

ABA Military Pro Bono Program


Super Lawyers honors Stites & Harbison's Kentucky attorneys for 2013-14

Eighty-nine Stites & Harbison attorneys honored by Best Lawyers in America for 2014

Seventy-five Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in Best Lawyers in America

Thirty-five Stites & Harbison attorneys selected for inclusion on Kentucky Super Lawyers for 2001

Chambers USA honors 31 Stites & Harbison attorneys with inclusion in the 2011 guide

Seventy-two Stites & Harbison attorneys honored in Best Lawyers in America


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Labor Department Issues Final Rule to Establish a Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors
Joseph L. Hardesty, October 28, 2014
On October 1, 2014, the United States Department of Labor issued a Final Rule to establish a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour for certain federal contractors beginning January 1, 2015. The rule implements a February 12, 2014 Executive Order signed by President Obama “Establishing a Minimum...

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Joseph L. Hardesty

400 West Market Street, Suite 1800
LouisvilleKY 40202


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