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1940 - 2013 In Memoriam

Ivan died at home on June 17, with Penny, his wife of 50 years, at his side, listening to his favorite jazz music. During a five-year battle with cancer, Ivan and Penny completed a lengthy bucket list of trips, spending time with the people he loved and visiting far-flung places.

Ivan was a senior partner in Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. In 1964 he began his legal career working for the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. When Ivan and Penny moved to Louisville in 1968, Ivan became the 15th attorney at the firm, which now numbers over 200 lawyers. He practiced securities and business law and helped some of Kentucky's largest companies and many regional banks.

Ivan's credo was "Every problem, an opportunity," and his focus on client service and getting deals done built a loyal following of corporate clients and made him a leader among Kentucky securities and financial lawyers. He was past president of the Louisville Bar Foundation and wrote, spoke and consulted frequently with other lawyers in his area of expertise.

Ivan was a much loved mentor to many junior lawyers in the firm as his good humor and refusal to take the work too seriously endeared him to his colleagues. He said he had to work hard for his clients because he certainly couldn't impress them with his golf game. Despite the rigors of a demanding law practice, Ivan coached others to keep some fun in it for themselves. He practiced what he preached on a daily basis.

Ivan was born an honorary Irishman on St. Patrick's Day in 1940 in Atlanta, Georgia to Frank and Helen Peltz Diamond. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Juris Doctor Degree. He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Seiderman Diamond (Penny), their daughter, Elizabeth Diamond, of Baltimore, Maryland; their son Daniel Diamond and his wife Laura, of Houston, Texas; and five grandchildren, Zoe and Jilly Reck, of Baltimore, Maryland, and Frank, Charlie and Harper Diamond of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by his 98-year-old mother (99 on the Fourth of July), Helen Peltz Diamond, his sister Rita Diamond Stearman and her husband Dr. Mandell Stearman, all of Jacksonville, Florida.

Career Highlights

Representative Cases and Achievements

  • Attorney, Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C., 1964-1968
  • Represented companies in connection with numerous public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, and mergers and acquisitions, totaling billions of dollars
  • Counseling Boards of Directors on corporate governance and Sarbanes-Oxley act compliance
  • Counsel to large bank holding company with respect to only Kentucky "stake-out" merger agreement and unique financing through redeemable debentures and stock purchase contracts
  • Represented numerous financial institutions in connection with organization, holding company formation, mergers, acquisitions, capitalization, and savings and loan conversions
  • Representation of "troubled" financial institutions
  • Corporate planning including "golden parachutes," director liability limitation and "poison pills"


  • Listed in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Corporate/M&A - Kentucky, 2007-2012
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for more than 15 years in the fields of Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation 
  • Recognized in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® lists, 2007-2012


Professional Affiliations

  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • President, Louisville Bar Foundation
  • Editorial Board, Florida Law Review
  • Louisville Chamber of Commerce, Louisville Strategic Economic Development Plan-Co-Chairman, Service Sector Task Force
  • Securities Law Committee, Kentucky Bar Association


Contributions & Published Works

  • "Corporate Governance for Public and Private Companies" (chapter from "Inside the Minds: Compliance Issues and Trends, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore)
  • "Three Things Financial Institutions Should Remember About Minimizing Risks from Identity Theft" (Business First, co-author)
  • "Summary of Kentucky Banking Laws" (Southern Region Banking Legislation Group, co-author)
  • "New Techniques for Limiting Bank Director Liability" (The Business of Banking, co-author)
  • "Anti-Takeover Strategies-Shark Repellents"
  • "How Regulators Look at Bank Holding Company Acquisitions"
  • "Private Placements of Securities"
  • "Insider Trading: Recent Developments"
  • "Business Judgment Rule - Recent Development in Kentucky and Other Jurisdictions"
  • "Securities Law Issues for Smaller Firms"
  • "Exemptions from the 1933 Act"
  • "Bank-Holding Company Acquisitions"
  • "Strategic Planning for Acquisitions"
  • "Bank Mergers & Acquisitions - Anti-trust Law Considerations"
  • "Attorney's Due Diligence in a Securities Offering"



University of Florida, B.A., cum laude, 1962
University of Florida, J.D., 1964

  • Florida, 1964
    District of Columbia, 1966
    Kentucky, 1969
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1969
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