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William G. Geisen

  • Member
  • Stites & Harbison PLLC
  • 100 East RiverCenter Boulevard
    Suite 450
  • Covington, Kentucky 41011
  • Email:
  • Phone: 859-652-7601
  • Cell: 513-484-2791
  • Company Phone:
  • Fax: 859-425-7966


  • Undergraduate: Honors Bachelor of Arts Xavier University - Cincinnati, Ohio/ 1979
  • Law School: University of Kentucky - Lexington, Kentucky/ 1982

Career History


. Stites & Harbison PLLC, Covington, KY

Member, December 10, 2012 to present

Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP – Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky Cincinnati, Ohio
Partner: October 1, 1996 – December 7, 2012
Of counsel: December, 1995 – September 30, 1996
Executive Committee member: November 1, 2000 – December 31, 2010
Serve as Chairperson of firm’s Construction IndustryGroup, concentrating in all areas of construction law.
Firm Loss Prevention Partner (2000-2002), (2006-Present).
Wiliam G. Geisen, P.S.C. – Covington, Kentucky
President, September, 1992 – December, 1995
In September, 1992, established firm with emphasis in construction, commercial and personalinjury litigation and dispute resolution.
Deters, Benzinger & LaVelle, P.S.C. – Covington, Kentucky
Associate, September, 1984 – September, 1992
Practice concentrated in defense litigation and dispute resolution, primarily in areas ofmedical negligence, construction contract and family law.
Geralds, Moloney & Jones – Lexington, Kentucky
Associate, January, 1984 – September, 1984
Duties involved primarily insurance defense and criminal defense cases.
Robinson, Arnzen, Parry & Wentz, P.S.C. – Covington, Kentucky

Associate, October, 1982 – December, 1983

Position entailed assistance in Plaintitrs personal injury, commercial and construction litigation.


  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation – Construction Law (2006-15)
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2013-15)
  • Chambers USA, “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business,” Construction Law (2013-15)
  • Corporate Counsel, Top Lawyer

Professional Activities

Bill Geisen is a chair of the firm’s Construction Service Group.  His practice focuses on construction law including contract negotiation, dispute resolution and litigation.

Bill is a frequent lecturer for the Kentucky Bar Association, University of Kentucky College of Law, American Arbitration Association, American Bar Association, Construction Users Roundtable, CFMA Buckeye Conference, Northern Kentucky Bar Association and Cincinnati Bar Association.


  • American Arbitration Association, Construction Advisory Board
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Construction and Public Contract Law Section, Member and Board of Directors
  • Construction Users Roundtable
  • Midwest/Midsouth Construction Law Institute, Planning Committee
  • Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • Construction Owners Association of the Tri-State

ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators, ICDR Panel of Arbitrators

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

Recent Articles and Speaking Engagements

  • “Program Chair and Moderator,” Construction Law Institute, University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Ky., October 23, 2014
  • “Prosecuting and Defending Productivity and Cumulative Impact Claims,” panel member, Indiana State Bar Association’s Construction & Surety Law Section Collegiality & CLE, Oct. 11 & 12, 2013
  • Construction Industry on Rebound?,” Stites & Harbison Client Alert, April 3, 2013
  • “Increasing Productivity Through Location Based Management Systems,” 2012 Construction Users Roundtable National Conference, Orlando, Fla., November 13, 2012
  • “Local Hiring Ordinances,” Construction Industry Insights 2012, Cincinnati, Oh., September 6, 2012
  • “AIA Docs or ConsensusDOCS: Which Contract Best Suits Your Project?,” Lorman Education Services, Lexington, Ky., August 20, 2012
  • “Increasing Project Productivity Through Location-Based Scheduling,” CURT Spring 2012 Meeting, Cincinnati, Oh., April 17, 2012
  • “Reducing Adversarialism on Construction Projects,” 2011 Construction Users Roundtable National Conference, Chandler, Ariz., November 7-9, 2011
  • “The Construction Industry Credit Crunch,” Barnes Dennig Contractors Roundtable, Cincinnati, Oh., June 21, 2011
  • “How Structural Engineers Can Work Effectively with Architects who use AIA C401,” 2011 Structures Congress, Las Vegas, Nev., April 14-16, 2011
  • “The Construction Industry Credit Crunch,” CAP Contractors Towne Hall Meeting, Cincinnati, Oh., January 19, 2011
  • “Planning for & Handling Construction Industry Default Issues,” 11th Biennial Real Estate Law & Practice Institute, Lexington, Ky., November 11-12, 2010
  • “New & Titillating Rules for the Construction Industry,” Users Roundtable National Conference, Orlando, Fla., November 8-10, 2010
  • “Understanding and Using AIA C401: Uses & Modifications of C401,” CASE Structural Engineers’ Business Practice Webinar, October 28, 2010
  • “How Structural Engineers Can Work Effectively with Architects who use AIA C401,” ACEC 2010 Fall Conference, Puerto Rico, October 17-19, 2010

Court Admissions

  • Licensed to practice law in Commonwealth of Kentucky; Ohio; United States District Court for Eastern District of Kentucky and United States District Court for Western District of Kentucky; United States District Court for Southern District of Ohio.

Community Activities

  • Allied Construction Industries, Board Member
  • Diocese of Covington: Board of Catholic Education, Chairperson (1989-1995); StewardshipCommission, Member (1993-1994); Search Committee for Director of Catholic Education,Chairperson (1990); Secondary School Funding Committee, Member (1988-1991),Chairperson, (1990); Educators’ Scholarship Election Committee, Chairperson (1989-1993).National Congress on Catholic Schools for the 21st Century: Delegate (1991).
  • Covington Latin School: Chairperson, Academic Advancement Fund (1995-1996);Chairperson, Capital Campaign, Special Gifts Committee, (1992).
  • St. Pius X Church: Co-chair Faith in our Future Campaign (2003); Parish Council (Member1995-1998); Chairperson (1997-1998); Stewardship Committee (1998); Capital CampaignContinuation Committee (2004-Present); Debt Retirement Committee (2008-Present).
  • Brighton Center, Inc.: Member of Board (2001-2006).Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce: Participant, B.E.S. T. Program (1988-1992).Kiwanis of Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky: Member (1988-1990).American Cancer Society: Volunteer (1993-2000).
  • Covington Catholic High School: Boosters Organization (President Elect andMember of Executive Committee July, 2006 – 2007), (President 2007 – 2008),(Immediate Past President 2008-Present).
  • Rev. Leonard Callahan Foundation: Member of Board and Chair of ScholarshipCommittee (1999-Present).

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