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Associate, Walters Richardson PLLC, Lexington, KY, Fall 2017 to present
Law Clerk, O’Bryan, Brown & Toner PLLC, Louisville, KY, Summer 2016
Law Clerk, Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett PLC, Louisville, KY, Summer 2015
University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, KY, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, Bachelor of Arts in History, Minor in Legal Studies
Accomplishments, Honors, and Affiliations
2016 Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Champion
CALI Award, Constitutional Law I
CALI Award, Products Liability
Kentucky Law Journal
Trial Advocacy Board, Member
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
Bike4Alz, 2012 Member
August 2018, Fayette County, KY: Jensen v. Fright Nights, LLC. Melissa Richardson and Ben Harris successfully obtained a unanimous defense verdict on liability. Plaintiff fell on a haunted trail on Halloween night in 2016. After initially telling staff she fell because she was running, she subsequently indicated she fell because she tripped on a root that she could not see because it was too dark along the forest trail. The Jury heard testimony about the company’s safety policy that was in effect at the time, how all employees were trained on that policy, and how the policy was executed on a daily basis. The Jury also heard about the efforts undertaken to prepare and maintain the trail each day the event was in operation (this included adding mulch daily to the trial and ensuring that the lighting along the entirety of the trail was working). Plaintiff did not identify the root or have pictures taken of the root at any point close in time to when she fell. Instead, Plaintiff provided the jury with a photo of the alleged root that was taken nearly a year and a half after the fall (February 2018) and at a time when Fright Nights was obviously not in operation. Plaintiff and her boyfriend testified the photograph of the trail was “consistent with their memory” but Fright Nights’ employees and City inspectors confirmed the photograph in no way reflected what the path would ever look like when Fright Nights was operating. As a result, the Jury found that Fright Nights did not breach its duty of reasonable care. See KTCR Report.
January 2018, Boyle Circuit Court, KY: Biggs v. Robinson, Mr. Harris assisted in defending an insured party against claims of negligence arising from a motor vehicle accident. Sitting second-chair at jury trial in Boyle Circuit Court, Mr. Harris successfully drafted a motion to exclude all Plaintiff’s claimed damages pursuant to Fratzke v. Murphy, resulting in complete dismissal of the Plaintiff’s case. See KCTR Report.
In his spare time, Ben enjoys backpacking, canoeing, and reading. He also enjoys passing time on his family’s farm in Campbellsville, KY.