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.
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
Louisville Business First, March 24, 2017
M&A: Secrets to Keep Your CEO Happy
Reduce risks and avoid surprises with preliminary agreements
Legal Aspects of Social Media & The Cloud
International Business Transactions
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
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Director
Greater Louisville, Inc., Secretary and Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors
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
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 (2006-20)
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.
. . . part of the next wave of great lawyers.
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.
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.
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.
On July 27, 2020, Senator John Cornyn, for himself and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, introduced the SAFE TO WORK Act (the “Act”) as part of the Senate’s new $1 trillion stimulus proposal. This bill would provide significant liability protection for claims related to the coronavirus brought against businesses, educational institutions, health care providers, non-profits and government agencies.
Stites & Harbison has assembled a Coronavirus Response Team which consists of a cross-disciplinary task force of attorneys and critical staff members to ensure our firm remains “On the Job” for you. Updated 08/03/20
On Saturday, July 4, 2020, following a surprise vote by the U.S. Senate earlier in the week and quick passage in the House of Representatives, a bill extending the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan application deadline from June 30, 2020 to August 8, 2020 was signed into law by the President. However, with a recently reported $130 billion out of the $669 billion in total funding allocated to this stimulus program still unspent, policymakers in Washington are considering whether these monies should be repurposed.
On the evening of June 30, 2020, a few hours before the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan application deadline was set to expire, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill amending the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) to extend the deadline from June 30 2020 to August 8, 2020.
The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (the “Flexibility Act”), which is intended to address problematic elements of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), was signed into law by the President on June 5, 2020.
Last night, the U.S. Small Business Administration extended the safe harbor deadline for the repayment of Paycheck Protection Program loans from May 14, 2020 to May 18, 2020.
Against a backdrop of considerable anxiety in the business community regarding many aspects of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) today issued its promised guidance on how it will review a borrower’s good-faith certification of economic need in connection with a PPP loan.
In connection with the application process for a Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan, borrowers are required to certify in good faith that “current economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.”
The Los Angeles Lakers, one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world, returned to the front page this week despite the suspension of the NBA season, and there are important repercussions for participants in the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).
In an apparent response to controversy related to public companies and larger concerns obtaining Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans, the Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, today issued additional guidance intended to underscore that loan requests must be necessary based on the actual economic need of the borrower.
Stites & Harbison, PLLC recently presented a webinar covering the various impacts of COVID-19 on businesses. You can review the webinar at any time utilizing the link above.
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Please join us for a WEBINAR discussing the impacts of COVID-19 on your business. You can join the webinar at any time and attend whichever presentation(s) that are of interest to you.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has elected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Brian Cromer to its Board of Directors.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 has recognized 75 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 49 areas of practice. Forty-three of those attorneys selected have been honored for 10 consecutive years or more.
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