Professional Development Property Panel

April 7, 2011, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Room 275

Four distinguished local attorneys who practice in the property law area will be panelists on careers in property -- focusing on land use and real estate transactions on Thursday, April 7, 5:30-7:00 in Room 275.  


  • Fred Joseph (Stites & Harbison) - land use planning
  • Stephen Porter - land use planning
  • Sharon Hardy (Weber & Rose) - commercial real estate transactions
  • Steph Horne (Pitt & Frank) - residential real estate transactions

Speakers will discuss not only their work, but how they chose the career path and how new lawyers can chart their course.

Pizza will be provided.

Speaker Bios


A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Michigan Law School, Fred Joseph is Of Counsel at Stites & Harbison, where he was a partner for more than 20 years and chaired that firm's real estate section. He is listed in the "Real Estate Lawyers" and "Land Use Lawyers" sections of The Best Lawyers in America®: A Corporate Guide (all editions, 1983-2010) and was recently named by that publication as the 2010 "Best Lawyer of the Year for Real Estate Law - Louisville."  He is also listed in the "Real Estate" section of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2005-2010, as "the dean of real estate in Kentucky and a go-to person for any complex real estate question;" in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (the first Kentucky lawyer listed in real estate section); and in the 2007-10 Kentucky Super Lawyers magazine, where he is listed among the Top 50 Lawyers in the state. Fred is the only attorney to receive the March of Dimes REACH Award given annually to a person whose commercial real estate activities and community service have significantly enhanced the Kentuckiana Area.

A transactional lawyer, he focuses on all aspects of real estate law with an emphasis on affordable housing, commercial lending and land use.


Business Associations:
    Stephen T. Porter, Attorney-at-Law (1968- present)
    Steve Porter Realtors, a Real Estate Brokerage and Consulting Firm,
        Owner and Principal Broker (1972-present)
    1840 Tucker House Bed and Breakfast, Co-Owner, 1999-present

    Jefferson County, Kentucky Public Schools, 1949-1961
    Duke University, Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1965
    Brandeis College of Law, University of Louisville, Juris Doctor Degree, 1968
        Currently auditing Law 904, Land Use & Planning Law, Spring 2011

    1992 Mary Elizabeth Baker Citizen’s Good Government Award from
        League of Women Voters of Louisville and Jefferson County
    Respect for Law Citation from Optimist International
    Louisville Historical League Preservation Award

Community Activities and Memberships, Current:
    Greater Jeffersontown Historical Society, Board Member
    Louisville Bed and Breakfast Association, Past President
    Louisville Historical League, charter member and past Board Member
    Louisville Metro Planning Commission, Policies and Procedures Committee
    Louisville Metro Planning and Design Audit Committee, 2011 Member
    Neighborhood Planning and Preservation, Inc., Board Member
    OPEN Louisville, Inc., Founder
    Tucker Station Neighborhood Association, Board Member    


PHONE (502) 589-2200
DIRECT FAX (502) 271-2896
FIRM FAX (502) 589-3400

Sharon Hardy concentrates her law practice in complex commercial transactions, focusing on asset-based lending and commercial real estate. Ms. Hardy represents institutional lenders and borrowers in structuring, documenting, closing, restructuring and workout transactions.

During college and law school, Ms. Hardy examined title to real estate throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana, providing a foundation for her work as a title insurance agent for national underwriters on commercial projects. She is a 1978 graduate from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

Ms. Hardy lives with her husband and their Jack Russell terrier. Her interests include the never-ending renovation of their home in the historic Cherokee Triangle. She is an avid in-line skater and runner.


Attorney, Pitt and Frank 

Steph Horne, licensed to practice law in 1992, demonstrates a detailed nature in title examination, processing and closing of residential real estate transactions.  She is immediate past Chair of the Louisville Bar Association Real Property Section and Vice Chair/Chair Elect of the Kentucky Bar Association Real Property Section.  She has worked to strengthen the real estate industry by serving on the Board of Directors of both Mortgage Bankers Association of Louisville and Mortgage Bankers Association of Kentucky, by serving on the Executive Committee of Home Builders Association of Louisville’s Sales and Marketing Council, and by serving as a member of GLAR.  She has served on numerous civic and non-profit boards and committees in both elected and volunteer capacities to further the budgetary and strategic planning goals of the organizations.  Those organizations include Susan G. Komen for the Cure as Fundraising Chair; Brain Injury Association of KY Brain Ball Chair; Wolf Creek HOA Officer; Christ Church United Methodist Administrative Council member; Kammerer Middle School PTSA Events Chair; Kammerer Middle School Site Based Decision Making Council Member, two terms; and Ballard PTSA as Secretary.   She is a 1992 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and a graduate of the University of Texas with a B.A., in Government.  In law school she received the book award for evidence.  Recent awards are Associate Member of the Year (2010) for both Mortgage Bankers Association of Louisville and Home Builders Association of Louisville Sales and Marketing Council.