Brian A. Cromer is the Chair of the firm’s Business & Finance Service Group. He has represented some of the largest companies in the U.S. and 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. He is located in the firm's Louisville, Ky., office.
by staff writer, Attorney at Law Magazine, October 16, 2023
High Stakes Issues in Foreign Affairs
Southern Law Network Annual Executive Officer and General Counsel Conference, in conjunction with General James Jones, former National Security Advisor to President Obama, October 7, 2023
by Haley Cawthon, Louisville Business First, August 18, 2023
7th Annual Accounting Risk Management Seminar
presented by Stites & Harbison's Accounting Defense Team, Atlanta, GA, October 26, 2022
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
Panelist, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, September 11, 2020
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; Executive Committee (2023-25)
Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellows, Class of 2021
Louisville Orchestra, Corporate Support Group
21st Century Parks, Steering Committee
Greater Louisville, Inc., Former Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors
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 (2006-24)
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.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has elected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Brian Cromer to its Executive Committee. Cromer will serve a two-year term on the 14-member Executive Committee, which represents a cross-section of key business and industry leaders from across Kentucky. He continues to serve as a member of the Kentucky Chamber’s Board of Directors.
On January 1, 2021, with bipartisan support, Congress enacted the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (“NDAA”) when it overrode former President Trump’s veto of the NDAA. As part of an effort to combat money laundering, the financing of terrorism, and other illicit activities, the CTA requires business entities formed or registered in the United States that fall within the definition of a “reporting company” to disclose beneficial ownership information to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) of the Department of Treasury. While the purpose of the legislation may be commendable, it casts an extremely wide net and imposes new compliance burdens on businesses beginning in 2024.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 101 of its lawyers are included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.
Time: 11:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
City Springs Conference Center, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Stites & Harbison's Accounting Defense Team will present this Accounting Risk seminar on October 26th at the City Springs Conference Center in Atlanta.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 98 of its lawyers are included in the 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Additionally, 11 Stites & Harbison attorneys are named as “Lawyer of the Year” and 19 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.
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.
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.
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.