Mr. Saffer is a transactional lawyer focusing on real estate and lending law, with an emphasis in commercial lending. He regularly represents institutional lenders in making all types of commercial loans. He also represents public and private borrowers in all types of secured and unsecured syndicated loan transactions. He also has represented clients in numerous asset acquisitions and dispositions, including those involving a number of coal companies.
6th and 8th Biennial Real Estate Law and Practice Institutes
Real Estate issues
Kentucky Forms and Transaction series
Louisville Office Executive Member (2016-present)
Louisville Office Recruiting Committee, Member (ex officio)
Opinions Committee, Member
Business Acceptance Committee, Member
Management Committee (2011-15)
Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Saffer spent 10 years as a community banker in western Kentucky. He served as Senior Vice President in charge of all aspects of the bank's lending functions.
Mr. Saffer is a member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA) and the state chair in Kentucky for ACMA. He is also the chairman of the 9th Biennial Real Estate Law and Practice Institute. Mr. Saffer is past chairman of the Louisville Bar Association's Real Estate section. He was chairman of the Kentucky Bar Association's Convention Committee in 2003, and is a past board member of the Louisville Central Area. He is also past director of Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, Inc.
Mr. Saffer is an avid motorcyclist and enjoys golfing and gardening.
Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
Best Lawyers in America®, Banking & Finance Law and Real Estate Law (2007-20)
Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for Banking & Finance Law (2017)
Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for Real Estate Law (2015)
Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2007-19)
Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Lawyers in the state (2009-14)
Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Real Estate (2013-19)
Louisville Magazine, Top Lawyers, Banking Law (2016)
David Saffer 'can see both sides of the deal nicely' and 'has great contact with the banks,' interviewees report . . . maintains a fine track record for his commercial lending work . . . frequently acts for borrowers in secured and unsecured syndicated loan transactions.
Outstanding - he's hard to beat for loan work.
Real estate wizard.
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