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Hiram Ely III has more than 40 years of business litigation experience, including as lead counsel in more than 50 jury trials. Mr. Ely also serves as Outside General Counsel for a number of businesses and is a mediator and arbitrator for the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Arbitration Association. 

Mr. Ely’s business litigation experience includes health care, contract, business torts, trade secret, non-competition, environmental, product liability, construction, class action, tax court, insurance, condemnation, antitrust and securities matters among others. 

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2006 through 2018 in commercial litigation, construction litigation, environmental litigation, intellectual property litigation and trusts and estates litigation
    • Best Lawyers’ 2014 Louisville Litigation - Construction, “Lawyer of the Year” 
    • Best Lawyers’ 2013 Louisville Litigation - Environmental, “Lawyer of the Year”
    • Best Lawyers' 2012 Louisville Litigation - Construction, “Lawyer of the Year"
  • Chambers USA 2004 through 2016 as a leading lawyer in commercial litigation in Kentucky
  • Kentucky SuperLawyers® 2009 through 2017
    • Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyers in 2011 through 2014
  • Louisville Magazine’s Top Lawyers in mediation arbitration non-family
  • Lawdragon
  • The Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow
  • Louisville Business First’s Partners in Health Care, “People to Watch”, 2013

Representative Matters

  • Business and tort litigation in federal and state courts in numerous jurisdictions 
  • Product liability claim prevention and defense, including preventive counseling programs and national litigation management
  • Representation of clients in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration



Professional & Community Activities

  • Louisville Bar Association, Past Chair of Litigation and CLE sections
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Past Chair of ADR section
  • Louisville Bar Foundation, Past President
  • Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Listed Arbitrator/Mediator
  • American Arbitration Association, Listed Arbitrator/Mediator
  • Leadership Louisville
  • Leadership Kentucky 
  • University of Louisville Family Business Center, Advisors
  • The Chamber Jeffersontown CEO Roundtable
  • Centre College of Kentucky Alumni Association, Past President
  • Centre College of Kentucky President’s Advisory Council
  • First Tee Ambassador
  • Sigma Chi Alumni Association
  • Chair of Kentucky Attorney General Fred Cowan’s Special Task Forces on Election Fraud



  • Kentucky
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana


Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D.

Centre College of Kentucky, B.A.

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