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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: Juris Doctor 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 (2006-18)
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2013-18)
  • Chambers USA, “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business,” Construction Law (2013-18)
  • 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 dispute resolution, litigation and contract negotiation.

Bill is a frequent lecturer for the Kentucky Bar Association, University of Kentucky College of Law,  American Bar Association, Construction Lawyers Society of America, Construction Users Roundtable and CFMA Buckeye Conference,


  • American Arbitration Association, Construction Advisory Board
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America, Fellow (President 2016-2017)
  • 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
  • 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; State of 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 (2011-2016)
  • Construction Financial Management Association, Cincinnati Chapter, Board Member (2017-present)
  • 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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