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Jeff is the Corporate Services Department Co-Chair and past Chairman of the firm. He is also Co-Leader of the Beverage Alcohol Team. Jeff has been involved in the successful negotiation of billions of dollars in economic incentives, numerous mergers, acquisitions and other corporate and commercial matters; the acquisition, rezoning, financing, development, leasing and sale of industrial, commercial, recreational and residential properties and air rights; the negotiation and preparation of construction contracts; and numerous appearances before various commissions, government agencies and authorities.

Jeff serves as corporate, transactional and business counsel to numerous industrial, commercial and service businesses, including in connection with local, state and federal regulatory matters; merger, divestiture, acquisition, partnership and joint venture transactions; antitrust issues; company formations and liquidations; company leadership and governance; project design and development; intellectual property development and licensing transactions; recourse and non-recourse financing; product development, sales and distribution programs; and executive employment and compensation plans.

Jeff has provided extensive services and is a principal legal advisor to national and regional clients in the following industries: distilled spirits; hospitals and health care; financial services; automotive production; logistics and distribution; steel production and fabrication; construction; engineering; architecture; consumer products; real estate development and brokerage; pharmaceuticals; professional services; restaurants; and medical products and devices.

Jeff has been selected by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business;” he is AV® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; he has been selected for inclusion on the Kentucky Super Lawyers® list since 2007; and he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® publication since 2007. Jeff is extensively involved in various community organizations serving as chairman, committee chairman, executive committee member and board member.

Career Highlights

Awards

  • Insider Louisville's Top 100 Influencers in Louisville (2017), Number 49
  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Corporate/M&A, 2013
  • AV® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, which is the highest ranking for general ethic standards and legal ability
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2007-2018, in the fields of Construction Law and Corporate Law
  • Selected for inclusion in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® lists, 2007-2017
  • Recipient, Forty Under 40 Business Leaders of Louisville, 1997
  • Mayor's Citation for Service to the City of Louisville, 1991
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award, 1986

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Architects, Professional Affiliate
  • American Planning Association
  • Louisville Bar Association (Member, Business Section; Past Chair, Real Estate Section)
  • Kentucky State Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Business Law and Real Estate Sections)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Business Law Section, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and Forum on the Construction Industry)

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • Chairman and Managing Member, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, 2006-2009
  • Member-in-Charge, Louisville Office, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, 2003-2006 
  • Member, Board of Visitors, University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • Leadership Kentucky Graduate, 1998
  • Bingham Fellowship in Economic Development, 1997-1998
  • Leadership Louisville Graduate, 1994
  • Chairman, Business Section, Louisville Bar Association, 1995
  • Louisville Chamber of Commerce-Cornerstone 2020 Funding Committee, 1996
  • Louisville Central Area - Downtown Planning Committee 

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • NULU Review Overlay District Advisory Committee, Vice President, 2016
  • Louisville Downtown Development Corporation, Member, Board of Directors
  • Greater Louisville Inc. (Chamber of Commerce), Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • Fund for the Arts, Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • Leadership Kentucky, Member, Board of Directors 
  • Leadership Louisville, Member, Board of Directors
  • Bourbon Society, President
  • New Agenda for Kentucky, Member
  • E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, Member and Past Chair, Board of Directors
  • Central State Recovery Authority, Commissioner
  • Bellewood Home for Children, Member and Past Chair, Board of Directors
  • Lincoln Heritage Council Boy Scouts of America, Member, Board of Directors; former Chair, Friends of Scouting Fundraiser 
  • Kentucky Association of Manufacturers
  • Home Builders' Association of Louisville
  • Home Builders' Association of Kentucky
  • Urban Land Institute
  • National Council for Urban Economic Development
  • Polo Fields Country Club
  • Louisville Third Century
  • Louisville Forum
  • Louisville Venture Club
  • Anchorage Presbyterian Church, Elder
  • National Eagle Scout Association

Media

Contributions & Published Works

  • "Attorney seeks a swift end to Al J. Schneider family legal battle," Insider Louisville, April 26, 2016
  • Co-Author, “Manufacturing Incentives Unveiled,” Kentucky Association of Manufacturers’ The Goods
  • Co-Author, University of Kentucky, College of Law, Real Estate Practice Handbook, Chapter 9 "Opinion Letters"
  • Co-Author, University of Kentucky, College of Law, Real Estate Practice Handbook, Chapter 31 "Impact of Americans With Disabilities Act, Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, & OSHA Asbestos Regulations on Real Property"
  • Co-Author, “Public and Private Mechanics Liens in Kentucky,” Builder’s Exchange

News

Events

Presentations

  • "TIF, P3 and Other Hard-To-Spell Project Incentives," KY CCIM Featured Speaker
  • Speaker and panelist on numerous presentations regarding economic development, tax incentives, corporate finance, real estate development, and Americans with Disabilities Act, including:
    • Presenter, "Kentucky Public Private Partnerships – HB 309," 16th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute
    • Speaker, "TIF, P3 and Other Hard-to-Spell Project Incentives," Kentucky CCIM Chapter
    • Panelist, “Distilling the Process for Starting up a New Distillery,” National Convention of the American Distillers Institute
    • Speaker, “International Trade Certification Program,” Kentucky World Trade Center
    • Presenter, “Louisville, The Napa Valley of Bourbon – An Economic Development Success,” Wine, Beer and Spirits Seminar
    • Presenter, “Buying a Small to Medium Sized Business,” NBI Seminar
    • Presenter, “Business of Bourbon,” Leadership Louisville
    • Presenter, "Leveraging Your Proprietary IP and Technology," FastTrac GrowthVenture
    • Presenter, "Legal Issues Affecting A Start-Up Business," Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA)
    • Presenter, "Governmental Regulations Affecting Real Property," 5th Biennial Real Estate Law and Practice Institute, University of Kentucky
    • Presenter, "Ten Things to Consider Before Purchasing Property," Real Estate Investment Seminar
    • Presenter, "An Overview of State Economic Development Tax Incentive Programs," Louisville Bar Association
    • Presenter, "Americans with Disabilities Act," University of Kentucky 3rd Biennial Real Estate Law and Practice Institute Program Chair,
    • Various presentations of the Louisville Bar Association Business Section and Real Estate Section

Services

Industries

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, B.A., Architecture, 1983
University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1986

  • Kentucky, 1986
    Ohio, 1987
    Kentucky Supreme Court, 1986
    Ohio Supreme Court, 1987
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 1987
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1987
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