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John M. Famularo

university of kentucky alumnus john famularo was inducted into the uk college of law hall of fame

2015 Hall of Fame Inductee

Class of 1971

John M. Famularo of Stites & Harbison is one of the most respected lawyers in the state of Kentucky and the United States, having maintained an active practice for more than 40 years. Throughout his career, John has handled numerous high-profile and renowned cases throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. In addition to successfully securing verdicts in hundreds of cases, John successfully argued the boundary dispute case of Ohio v. Kentucky before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 – a mere two years after graduating from law school. A nationally recognized Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, John focuses his practice on the defense of pharmaceutical Companies, product liability matters, class action defense and complex litigation. He has served as General Counsel for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington, Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, first assistant prosecutor for the 22nd Judicial Circuit and Chief Judge of the 22nd Judicial District sitting in Lexington, Kentucky. John is an outstanding mentor and has trained many lawyers who have become proficient trial lawyers under his tutelage.


Civic and community involvement has included participation on the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors, the Board of Governors of the Kentucky Bar Association, and President of the School Boards for Christ the King Parochial School and Lexington Catholic High School. In addition to John’s distinguished recognition as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, John maintains AV-Preeminent status with Martindale-Hubbell®, the publication’s highest honor; is recognized by Best Lawyers in America® – even being honored as the Defendants’ Lawyer of the Year in 2012 for the state of Kentucky; and is recognized as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation. A graduate of Loyola University and the University of Kentucky College of Law, when not practicing law, John enjoys Kentucky basketball, horse racing, fishing, hunting, golf and travel. John and his wife Karen have been married for 44 years, and have three children and three grandchildren.