Charles W. Dobbins, Jr.

Top rated Business & Corporate attorney in Louisville, Kentucky

Tilford Dobbins & Schmidt, PLLC
Charles W. Dobbins, Jr.
Tilford Dobbins & Schmidt, PLLC

Practice Areas: Business & Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Litigation; view more

Licensed in Kentucky since: 1974

Education: University of Virginia School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

Tilford Dobbins & Schmidt, PLLC

401 West Main Street
Suite 1400
Louisville, KY 40202 Visit website


Attorney Charles W. Dobbins is a partner at Tilford Dobbins & Schmidt, PLLC, in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Dobbins has over 40 years of experience practicing in the area of business and corporate law. He provides advice on business growth, capital formation, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, succession and other complex business matters, serving entrepreneurs and businesses throughout the Louisville region.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Dobbins has made significant contributions to the Louisville legal and professional communities. He has been involved in numerous pro bono and volunteer activities, giving back to his community in various ways, as well as authoring and speaking on business-related legal topics.

In recognition of his accomplishments, Louisville magazine included Mr. Dobbins on its “top lawyers” list multiple years in a row. He is AV Preeminent* peer-review rated by Martindale-Hubbell and a named life member for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. He is a member of the Louisville Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Born and raised in Louisville, Mr. Dobbins earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, graduating with distinction. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Mr. Dobbins obtained his license to practice law in 1974. He is qualified to appear before all Kentucky state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Litigation, Real Estate: Business

Focus areas

Business Formation and Planning, Business Organizations, Contracts, Limited Liability Companies, Mortgage & Refinance, Non-Compete Agreements, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Trade Secret

  • 60% Business/Corporate
  • 20% Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 10% Business Litigation
  • 10% Real Estate: Business

First Admitted: 1974, Kentucky

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Educational Background:
  • B.A., Washington & Lee University (Honors Thesis Accepted), Honors: With Distinction
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1975
  • Kentucky
  • Louisville, Kentucky and American Bar Associations (Board of Directors and General Counsel, Louisville Bar Association, 1994-1996). Participation on Business Committees and Real Estate Committees with both Louisville Bar Association (Chair, Corporate Law Section) and Kentucky Bar Association.Fellow, Louisville Bar Foundation
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "Realizing the Entrepreneur’s Vision"
  • "The Constitution, Personal Freedoms and Technology: Challenges Presented"
  • "Religion and the Separation of Church and State"
  • "Not for Polite Company: Civil Religion and Beyond"
  • "Civility: It’s All About Respect"
  • "As Luck Would Have it: A Kentucky Story"
  • "The Letter of Intent"
  • "Non Profit Board Governance and Liability," NBI, Advanced Tax Exempt Strategies (2015)
  • "A Successful Sale and Purchase of a Business May Depend Upon Creativity and Flexibility"
  • "Soliciting Investment Capital"
  • "Tax Incentives and Economic Development"
  • "The Catalytic Role of Historic Tax Credits in Investment in Community Development"
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Life Member
  • "Standard of Conduct for Directors and Officers," Kentucky Corporation Law (Third Edition), University of Kentucky Press (2017)
  • "Mergers and Acquisitions; Negotiating the Deal," NBI, Mergers and Acquisitions: Nuts and Bolts (2012, NBI)
  • "Business Contracts: Drafting for General Business Matters and in Purchase Agreements; and Ethical Considerations," Business Contracts A to Z (2011, NBI)
  • "Price and Working Capital Adjustments and other Special Considerations," Helping Your Client Buy or Sell a Small-to-Medium Sized Business (2011)
  • "Structuring the Transition: Special Considerations: Earnouts, Equity Retention or Rollover and Value Techniques," Merger Agreements: Step-by-Step (2017, NBI)
  • Louisville Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” 2008-2011
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers, 2012-Present
  • Selection, Life Member, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1984; Selection, Leadership Louisville, 2009 for Class of 2010. Named a Bingham Fellow by Leadership Louisville in 2011. Served as General Counsel, Louisville Bar Association, two years
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1983- Present
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Selected, Leadership Louisville, Class of 2010; Selected, Bingam Fellows, Leadership Louisville Class of 2011; Bellarmine University (Member, Board of Overseers, six years; Legal Aid Society, Inc. (Resource, Volunteer Lawyer Program, 1988 – current and Member, Board of Directors, six years); Member, Board of Directors, Kentucky Educational Television, Louisville Regional Board; Appointed by the local Federal Judiciary to be  corporate structure advisor with the task force charged with analyzing models and recommending an appropriate model for a federal public defender and federal public defender office and, thereafter, establishing the entity, Western Kentucky Community Federal Defender, Inc. (Member of Founding Board of Directors, Vice President/Secretary, two years); International Foundation for Court Administration, Inc. (A Founder and Member, Board of Directors and Counsel, three years (a 501c3 dedicated to providing advice and education regarding the “Rule of Law” in both emerging countries and developed countries engaged in reviewing and analyzing their courts and systems of justice;the founding group includes federal judges, federal court administrators and the retired controller for U.S. Administrative Office of Courts); Consultant, Microenterprise Program, Legal Issues: Jewish Family and Career Services, three years;Sister Cities of Louisville, Inc. (President, three years, and Member, Board of Directors, twelve years and Treasurer, six years, and Secretary and General Counsel, six years); Recording for Blind and Dyslexic (Member, Board of Directors, five years 501c3 dedicated to the production and dissemination of substantive texts to the blind, visually impaired and learning disabled community; Cabbage Patch Settlement House, Inc. (Member, Board of Directors, six years), a 501c3 dedicated to support of family and family needs in downtown Louisville, Kentucky; YMCA Shelter House (Member, Board of Directors, four years) Division of YMCA first dedicated to providing safe places for children in needYMCA Camp Piomingo (Member, Board of Directors, two years) Division of YMCA engaged in managing an outdoors camp and providing camping experience for childrenHazelwood ICF/MR (Member, Human Rights Committee, four years); Glassworks Foundation, Inc. (A Founder; Member, Board of Directors, Secretary, seven years) 501c3 dedication to the promotion, development and education regarding glass art, its myriad of forms, and its creation processes (2003 -   ); Atherton High School Alumni Association (A part of founding Committee, aided this 501c charitable entity to develop sources and programs to provide college scholarships, grants and loans for graduates of Atherton High School, a Louisville public high school; Member, Board and Secretary/Counsel, ten years; Member, Metro Mayor Transition Task Force (Appointed by Hon. Mayor-Elect Jerry Abramson)Second Presbyterian Church (current and past serving Elder; Teacher, Adult Education, ten years; )Member, New Church Development Committee, Mid-Kentucky Presbytery (Mt. Washington Task Force); Additional Recent Volunteer Work Activities : Habitat for Humanity (working volunteer at two homes: (1) 2nd Presbyterian Church sponsored; and (2) Mid-KY Presbytery (USA) sponsored; RepairAffair (working volunteer at two separate project homes); A Healing Place (working volunteer at the women and family center)
  • REBOUND, Inc., the development entity of The Louisville Urban League, Inc. (REBOUND Board Member), KET, Greater Louisville Fund Board (Board Member), Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, University of Louisville (Member, Development Board), Louisville Central Community Center, Inc. (Volunteer Attorney for this 501c3 charity, Member, Development Committee), River City Drum Corps (Volunteer, Advisory Board; Member, Board of Directors and Member, Development Committee), Greater Louisville, Inc. (Economic Development Committee), Lawrence W. Wetherby Memorial Foundation, Inc. (Member, Board of Directors, 2012 – current), Member, Transition Advisory Team, Lt. Governor-Elect, Daniel Mongiardo, City Art, Inc. (Member, Board of Directors; Secretary, two years), Member, Greater Louisville, Inc., Member, Kentucky Association for Capital Growth
  • *Negotiated and structured $25Million Transaction incorporating both Historic Tax Credits and New Markets Tax Credits structures, an initial private placement, construction financing and a horizontal land use regime (representing the Developer and the Issuer)*Negotiated and structured $21Million Transaction incorporating New Markets Tax Credits structures - equity and debt, an initial private placement, construction financing and a horizontal land use regime (representing the Developer and the Issuer)*Negotiated and structured $12Million Transaction incorporating an Historic Tax Credits structure - debt and equity, construction financing and subsequently adding a horizontal land use regime contemporaneously with the call of the initial HTC investor's positions (representing the Developer)*Represented numerous corporate and individual purchasers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions ranging to $15Million*Represented the interests of a metro government in the negotiation and structure of a $70Million public/private partnership in the financing and development of an affordable housing community

Office location for Charles W. Dobbins, Jr.

401 West Main Street
Suite 1400
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: 502-584-1000


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

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