James C. Seiffert

Jim Seiffert is a Member of the firm based in its Louisville office, where he is a member of the Business & Corporate Services and Tax Service Groups. He has been with Stites & Harbison since 1986 and his practice focuses on venture capital financing, closely held business, taxation, mergers and acquisitions and general business law.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Tax Increment Financing – A Developer's Playbook

Updating Project Financing Options — Post-Pandemic

C-PACE FINANCING: An Uncommon Solution to Project Financing

Real estate veterans partner on West End condo project

SBA Issues Interim Final Rule for Paycheck Protection Program

Information You Need on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

IRS Finalizes Opportunity Zones Regulations

Global Executive Forum: Foreign Trade Zones, Optimizing Savings and Operations

panelist, presented by World Trade Center Kentucky, April 18, 2019

Structuring a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund—What You Need to Know

IRS Issues the Opportunity Zone Regulations; The Race Is On

Six ways Louisville could attract investors to its Opportunity Zones

Guest Comment, co-author with Gill Holland, Louisville Business First, October 25, 2018

The Opportunity Zone - Do the Math

A Primer on the Kentucky Opportunity Zones Initiative

Chapter: Subchapter S Corporations: A General Tax Overview

author, Kentucky Corporate Law, 3d ed. (2018)

New Markets Tax Credits Aid in the Financing of Charter Schools

C.I. Agent Solutions owner talks about his decision to sell the business

by Steve Kaufman, Correspondent, Business First of Louisville, August 25, 2017

Learn How New Markets Tax Credits Stimulate Growth

Panel Member, Louisville, Ky., May 24, 2016

Drafting Considerations for Majority Owners of Limited Liability Companies

15th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, Fiduciary Duties and Member Protections in Business Entity Law, University of Kentucky Continuing Legal Education, March 25, 2015

New Market Tax Credits can aid Georgia's Metro and Rural Areas

Daily Report, May 23, 2014

Filling the Gap with New Markets Tax Credit Financing

SAVE THE DATE: The 2013 ACG Mid-South Capital Connection

Crowdfunding: The preferred financing tool of the internet era?

Historic Boardwalk Hall - An Attack on Tax Equity Financing

New Markets Tax Credits: An Innovative Approach to Public/Private Financing

The EB-5 VISA Program

The EB-5 VISA Program: An Innovative Entrepreneurial Approach to Financing U.S. Economic Growth

IC-DISC: Exporting Savings

Bar Admissions
American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Community Involvement

University of Louisville Entrepreneurial Council, Member

Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation, Director and Executive Committee

Association of Capital Growth Kentucky, Director

More Than Stites & Harbison

A widely respected authority on business entities, Mr. Seiffert was co-chair of the 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000 Kentucky Limited Liability Company Act Committee, which drafted and amended KRS Chapter 275, the Kentucky Limited Liability Company Act. He was also the founding editor of the Innovation Newsletter for the firm. Jim was President of the Kentucky Bar Association Business Law Section in 2006, is a member of the University of Louisville Entrepreneurial Council (2003-present), a director of the Executive Committee for the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation (2001-present), director of Association of Capital Growth Kentucky and a former member of the executive committee of the Kentucky World Trade Center (2008-20).


Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

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

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for Tax Law (2017, 2022)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for Mergers & Acquisitions (2016)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2008-19)

Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Corporate/M&A (2003-22)

IFLR1000 United States, Highly Regarded in Banking & Finance, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions (2020)

Louisville Magazine Top Lawyers (2016)


James Seiffert is noted for the scope of his practice, advising on matters such as venture capital financing and M&A. He also assists with taxation issues.

- Chambers Commentary (USA), 2020

. . . draws particular acclaim for his strengths in tax matters, with one impressed client saying: 'He is an expert on tax credit transactions. On such transactions with any complexity, James is a go-to!'

- Chambers Commentary (USA), 2016

. . . excellent results . . .

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Press Releases

Chambers USA Honors 23 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2022

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 23 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2022 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United States.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC June 07, 2022
Client Alerts

Tax Increment Financing – A Developer's Playbook

Jim Seiffert and Jack Seiffert take a look at Tax Increment Financing ("TIF") in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by James C. Seiffert and Jameson M. Seiffert March 15, 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
Client Alerts

Updating Project Financing Options — Post-Pandemic

As the pandemic begins to ease and everyday life is moving toward normalcy, whatever that may be, the pace of the economy’s resurgence, in the words of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, “… is about to accelerate much more quickly than anticipated with output approaching its pre-pandemic level.” Capital investment, especially in distressed economic communities, will be needed more now than ever, to enable for-profits and non-profits to start and grow businesses, accelerate job growth, and lessen economic hardships triggered by COVID-19.

by James C. Seiffert and Jameson M. Seiffert July 28, 2021
Press Releases

Chambers USA Honors 22 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 22 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2021 guide.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 21, 2021
Client Alerts

New Markets Tax Credits - How to Go About Getting Your Project "Shovel Ready”

What do New Markets Tax Credits (“NMTC”) mean to a qualifying project? Attorneys Jim Seiffert and Jack Seiffert take a look in this client alert.

by James C. Seiffert and Jameson M. Seiffert April 15, 2021

New Markets Tax Credit-What it Takes to Have a “Shovel Ready” Project

Date: 4/22/21
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Please join Stites & Harbison for a webinar focused on what makes a project “shovel ready” for the purpose of attracting New Markets Tax Credit financing.

James C. Seiffert and Jameson M. Seiffert April 08, 2021

C-PACE FINANCING: An Uncommon Solution to Project Financing

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (“C-PACE”) is an overlooked and underutilized solution to funding energy efficient capital improvements which commercial developers and building owners should consider when putting together their project’s capital stack. Attorneys Jim Seiffert and Jack Seiffert, along with Nick Maglasang, Vice President-Business Development at Twain Financial Partners, take a look at C-PACE)

by James C. Seiffert, Jameson (Jack) M. Seiffert, and Nick Maglasang Vice President-Business Development, and Twain Financial Partners March 16, 2021