Brian A. Cromer

Brian A. Cromer has over 25 years of experience providing pragmatic advice to clients in the corporate practice and business matters, and he loves the challenge and satisfaction that come from helping clients achieve their business objectives. He has represented some of the largest companies in the U.S. and in the international arena in corporate transactions and legal disputes, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions, venture capital and private equity investments and corporate governance matters. Brian's broad range of experience includes providing and organizing a variety of legal services for companies at all stages, from large public companies to middle market businesses to new ventures. He has represented clients in numerous business transactions where the individual deal value ranged from $25 million to $1 billion or more.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Guest Comment: The tangled web of Elizabeth Holmes

M&A: Secrets to Keep Your CEO Happy

2022 Issues for Corporate House Counsel Seminar, Kentucky Bar Association, April 12, 2022

Paycheck Protection Program Loans Guidance

Webinar, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, January 13, 2021

Restart Kentucky: Payroll Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

Panelist, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, September 11, 2020

New Federal Law Makes Important Changes To Paycheck Protection Program

SBA Extends PPP Loan Safe Harbor Repayment Date to May 18, 2020

Information You Need on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Silicon Valley, Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes: Life Imitates Art

Lawyers' Club, October 9, 2019

Issues & Influencers: How State Tax Reform Impacts Business

Greater Louisville, Inc., June 19, 2018

Global Executive Forum

Panel Moderator, Kentucky World Trade Center, April 20, 2017

M&A, private equity trends to help you cross the finish line

Louisville Business First, March 24, 2017

M&A: Secrets to Keep Your CEO Happy

Kentucky Society of CPAs/Business and Industry Conference, September 2016

Reduce risks and avoid surprises with preliminary agreements

Article Link, Business First of Louisville, March 15, 2013

Legal Aspects of Social Media & The Cloud

Panel Moderator, Southern Law Network General Counsel Conference, October 2012

Proceed with caution

International Business Transactions

Presenter, CPA Firm Seminar, August 2010
Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
Firm Leadership

Business & Finance Service Group, Chair

Management Committee Representative to the Southern Law Network

Management Committee, Former Member

Business & Finance Group, Former Louisville Office Chair

Recruiting Committee, Former Co-Chair

American Bar Association, Health Law Section
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association, Former Chair and Vice-Chair of the Business Law Section
American Health Lawyers Association
Community Involvement

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Director

Greater Louisville, Inc., Secretary and Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors

Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellows, Class of 2021

Louisville Orchestra, Corporate Support Group

21st Century Parks, Steering Committee

Kentucky Wesleyan College, Former Member of Board of Trustees

University of Louisville, Former Member, Secretary and Treasurer of Board of Trustees and Chair of the Finance Committee (2017-18)

The Cabbage Patch, Former Board Member

Kentuckiana Minority Business Council, Former Board Member

The Lawyers Club, Former President

Harmony Landing Country Club, Former President

Leadership Louisville, Class of 2006

More Than Stites & Harbison

Before attending law school, Mr. Cromer worked as a commercial banking officer for a major financial institution. Mr. Cromer has served in a number of civic and professional organizations relating to his practice. Mr. Cromer is a member of the Board of Directors of Greater Louisville, Inc. where he has served on the Executive Committee and held the office of Secretary. He also chairs the Greater Louisville, Inc. Task Force on Tax Reform. Mr. Cromer served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville where he was the Secretary and Treasurer of the board and Chair of the Finance Committee. He is a member and former President of The Lawyers Club. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Kentucky Wesleyan College and he served as a member of the Steering Committee of 21st Century Parks, a non-profit organization that acquired and developed Floyds' Fork, which has 4,000 acres of parkland in Metro Louisville. He is a former Chair and Vice-Chair of the Business Law Section of the Louisville Bar Association, and a former board member of the Kentuckiana Minority Business Council and The Cabbage Patch. Mr. Cromer is also a graduate of the 2006 class of Leadership Louisville. Brian enjoys thoroughbred horse racing, golf, college sports and playing the piano.


Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions (2006-22)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®(2007-14)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Attorneys in the State (2010)

Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business"

Louisville Magazine's "Top Lawyers" for Business/Commercial Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2013, 2014)


. . . brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to his lending practice.

- Chambers USA

. . . part of the next wave of great lawyers.

- Chambers USA

I have worked with Brian for several years on a wide variety of matter sand have had consistently great experiences. In addition to being outstanding on general corporate matters and corporate transactions, Brian is an extremely versatile lawyers with a broad experience base. He is a real professional and a pleasure to work with.

- Best Lawyers

Brian has exhibited the qualities that I consider essential in my outside counsel. He is highly responsive to my time requirements, creative in crafting solutions and willing to listen to his client. He was always able to meet the time pressures of the transaction. In several instances Brian came up with creative and effective solutions to deal issues that ultimately enable us to consummate the transactions.

- Best Lawyers

Brian Cromer is an experienced and knowledgeable commercial transactions lawyer, who works effectively in direct contact with all levels of business management personnel. He is committed to client interests, and exercises excellent judgment in identifying issues requiring higher-level client decision-making. His integrity is without question.

- Best Lawyers, 2008
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Guest Comment: The tangled web of Elizabeth Holmes

In a spectacular fall from grace, after a four-month trial in San Jose, California, Elizabeth Holmes was convicted early this year on federal criminal charges of defrauding investors in connection with her failed blood testing business, Theranos. Brian Cromer takes at look at the case for Louisville Business First.

by Brian A. Cromer April 28, 2022

2022 Issues for Corporate House Counsel CLE Seminar

Louisville office attorneys Matt Breetz and Brian Cromer will be speakers at the Kentucky Bar Association's 2022 Issues for Corporate House Counsel CLE Seminar on April 12, 2022.

Matthew W. Breetz and Brian A. Cromer February 14, 2022
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 93 lawyers are included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Additionally, 11 attorneys are named as “Lawyer of the Year” and 14 attorneys are recognized in “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” which recognizes attorneys early in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 01, 2021
Press Releases

Brian A. Cromer Named to 2021 Bingham Fellows Class

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Leadership Louisville recently announced that Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Brian A. Cromer is one of 47 community leaders selected for membership in the 2021 Bingham Fellows class.

by Brian A. Cromer January 29, 2021
Client Alerts

The New Stimulus Package and the Next Round of Paycheck Protection Program Loans

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “Appropriations Act”), one of the longest bills ever passed in the history of the U.S. Congress, was signed into law on December 27, 2020. This legislation provides approximately $900 billion in new stimulus funding, of which $284 billion has been allocated to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).

by Brian A. Cromer, Luke F. Ervin, William M. Joseph (Bill), and Alison M. Zeitlin January 12, 2021

Paycheck Protection Program Loans Guidance

Date: 1/13/21
Time: 10:00 a.m.


Stites attorney Brian Cromer will be one of the speakers discussing what has changed for this new round of funding and how to make use of the Paycheck Protection Program.

Brian A. Cromer January 08, 2021
Client Alerts

PPP Update: AGC Lawsuit Hammers Away at the SBA, Alleging Violations of Borrowers’ Constitutional Rights

The Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. (“AGC”), the U.S. construction industry’s largest trade association, has taken dead aim at the controversial Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan necessity questionnaire (the “Questionnaire”) that was recently introduced by the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) and the so-called PPP “necessity” certification (the “Necessity Certification”). The Necessity Certification is the SBA requirement that PPP loan applicants certify in good faith that economic uncertainty makes the loan request necessary to support ongoing operations.

by Brian A. Cromer and Cassandra L. Welch (Casey) January 05, 2021

Restart Kentucky: Payroll Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

Date: 9/11/20
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Louisville office attorney Brian Cromer will be a panelist for this webinar discussing the Payroll Protection Program on September 11, 2020.

Brian A. Cromer September 04, 2020