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Charles W. Dobbins Jr.

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Practice Areas:

  • Business Structure, Development and Capital Formation
  • Corporate/Entity Finance and Securities offerings
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Asset Management including Real Estate General Practice
  • Corporate Governance and Disclosure
  • Entrepreneurial Laws and Advice
  • Tax Credits Structure: Development and Investment (Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits; New markets Tax Credits; Low Income Housing Tax Credits)
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Succession and Estate Planning
Charles W. Dobbins, Jr.
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Charles W. Dobbins, Jr. has devoted his practice to providing thoughtful and pragmatic advice to a great diversity of clients seeking to achieve their varied business objectives. He advises and assists individuals and entities in creating and implementing corporate and other structures that support business growth through concept, capital formation, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.  He advises startups and mature businesses in governance and management structure, preparing for public or private offerings and creation and completion of exit strategies, including succession and estate planning in addition to business designs and concepts.

He has advised individuals and entities in investment structures for implementation and use of Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits, New Markets Tax Credits and Low Income Housing Tax Credits.  As counsel, he has advised and assisted these clients in the infusion of private equity, issues of capital formation, entity structures and exit strategies particular to the tax structures employed in each instance.  In support of the individuals advised, he also provides advice as to succession and estate planning relative to the differing investment and structures of each business or individual. 

He strives to stay active in community affairs and contribute both time and energy to the development of the Louisville Community, his hometown.  He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Joanne (“Joey”), a microbiology professor at Bellarmine University.  Charles and Joey have two adult children and three grandchildren.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D.
  • Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia
    • B.A
    • Honors: With Distinction

Bar Admission

  • Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1983- Present
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers, 2012-Present
  • Louisville Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” 2008-2011
  • Named Life Member, United States Sixth Judicial Circuit, 1986
  • Selected to Leadership Louisville, 2010
  • Selected a Bingham Fellow by Leadership Louisville; 2011-2012 (Co-Presenter: “Shaping Louisville for the 21st Century: Ensuring the Best Return on Public Infrastructure Investments”)

Classes & Seminars

  • "Structuring the Transition: Special Considerations: Earnouts, Equity Retention or Rollover and Value Techniques," Merger Agreements: Step-by-Step (2017, NBI)
  • "Price and Working Capital Adjustments and other Special Considerations," Helping Your Client Buy or Sell a Small-to-Medium Sized Business (2011)
  • "Business Contracts: Drafting for General Business Matters and in Purchase Agreements; and Ethical Considerations," Business Contracts A to Z (2011, NBI)
  • "Mergers and Acquisitions; Negotiating the Deal," NBI, Mergers and Acquisitions: Nuts and Bolts (2012, NBI)
  • "Standard of Conduct for Directors and Officers," Kentucky Corporation Law (Third Edition), University of Kentucky Press (2017)
  • "A Successful Sale and Purchase of a Business May Depend Upon Creativity and Flexibility"
  • "The Catalytic Role of Historic Tax Credits in Investment in Community Development"
  • "Tax Incentives and Economic Development"
  • "Soliciting Investment Capital"
  • "Realizing the Entrepreneur’s Vision"
  • "Non Profit Board Governance and Liability," NBI, Advanced Tax Exempt Strategies (2015)
  • "The Letter of Intent"
  • "Civility: It’s All About Respect"
  • "As Luck Would Have it: A Kentucky Story"
  • "Not for Polite Company: Civil Religion and Beyond"
  • "Religion and the Separation of Church and State"
  • "The Constitution, Personal Freedoms and Technology: Challenges Presented"

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Current and Selected Past Activities:
  • Volunteer Lawyer Program, Louisville Bar Association
  • REBOUND, Inc., the development entity of The Louisville Urban League, Inc. (REBOUND Board Member)
  • KET, Greater Louisville Fund Board (Board Member)
  • Sister Cities of Louisville, Inc. (Member, Board of Directors; Former President, Board Chair and Treasurer)
  • Bellarmine University (Member, Board of Overseers)
  • Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, University of Louisville (Member, Development Board)
  • Legal Aid Society (Former Member, Board of Directors; Member, Development Committee)
  • Louisville Central Community Center, Inc. (Volunteer Attorney for this 501c3 charity, Member, Development Committee)
  • River City Drum Corps (Volunteer, Advisory Board; Member, Board of Directors and Member, Development Committee)
  • Western Kentucky Community Federal Defender, Inc. (Founding Member of Board of Directors, Former Vice President/Secretary, two years; Appointed by the local Federal Judiciary to be the corporate structure advisor for the task force charged with analyzing models and recommending appropriate model for a federal public defender and federal public defender office and, thereafter, establishing the entity. Subsequently elected to Board of Directors)
  • Greater Louisville, Inc. (Economic Development Committee)
  • Cabbage Patch Settlement House, Inc. (Member, Board of Directors, six years), a 501c3 charity dedicated to support of family and family needs in the center city of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Glassworks Foundation, Inc. (Founder; Member, Board of Directors, Secretary, six years), a 501c3 charity dedicated to the promotion and development of, and education regarding glass art, its myriad of forms, and its creation processes
  • Recording for Blind and Dyslexic (Member, Board of Directors, five years), a 501c3 charity dedicated to the production and dissemination of substantive and educational texts to the blind, visually impaired and learning disabled community
  • YMCA Shelter House (Member, Board of Directors, four years) Division of YMCA first dedicated to providing safe places for children in need
  • YMCA Shelter House (Member, Board of Directors, four years) Division of YMCA first dedicated to providing safe places for children in need
  • YMCA Camp Piomingo (Member, Board of Directors, two years) Division of YMCA engaged in managing an outdoors camp and providing camping experience for children
  • Hazelwood ICF/MR (Member, Human Rights Committee, four years)
  • Second Presbyterian Church (Elder; and Teacher, Adult Education, ten years)
  • Lawrence W. Wetherby Memorial Foundation, Inc. (Member, Board of Directors, 2012 – current)
  • Member, New Church Development Committee, Mid-Kentucky Presbytery (Mt. Washington Task Force)
  • Member, Personnel Committee, Mid-Kentucky Presbyterian
  • Member, Metro Mayor Transition Task Force (Appointed by Hon. Mayor-Elect Jerry Abramson) Focus: Merger Issues
  • Member, Transition Advisory Team, Lt. Governor-Elect, Daniel Mongiardo
  • City Art, Inc. (Member, Board of Directors; Secretary, two years) 501c3 dedicated to identification and preservation of historic structures and public art and architecture in urban areas
  • International Foundation for Court Administration, Inc. (Member, Board of Directors and Counsel, 1 year) 501c3 dedicated to providing advice and education regarding the “Rule of Law” in both emerging countries and developed countries engaged in reviewing and analyzing their courts and systems of justice
  • Member, Greater Louisville, Inc.
  • Member, Kentucky Association for Capital Growth
  • Member, Venture Connectors

Professional Associations

  • Louisville Bar Association (Former General Counsel, two years, and Chair, Business Section)
  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Life Member

Current Employment Position

  • Member and Partner