Charles W. Dobbins, Jr.

Charles W. Dobbins, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney in Louisville, KY

Tilford Dobbins & Schmidt, PLLC
 | 401 West Main Street, Suite 1400
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-584-1000
Fax: 502-584-2318
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Business/Corporate (60%),
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (20%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)


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Attorney Profile

The practice of Charles Dobbins is focused on the areas of business and corporation formation, development and transactions, mergers and acquisitions and other structured or secured transactions and, often, transactions involving real estate assets. A member of the law firm Tilford Dobbins & Schmidt PLLC, he has been honored by inclusion for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers and has achieved the AV peer-reviewed rating, the highest ranking given by Martindale-Hubbell for integrity and skill.

About Charles Dobbins, Jr.

Admitted: 1974, Kentucky

Professional Webpage:


  • 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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • 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

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)


  • *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

Educational Background:

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law; B.A., Washington & Lee University (Honors Thesis Accepted)
Office Location for Charles W. Dobbins, Jr.

401 West Main Street
Suite 1400
Louisville, KY 40202

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Last Updated: 5/6/2019

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