William H. Haden , Jr. - Stites & Harbison, PLLC

William H. Haden , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Bill Haden has been practicing law for more than 30 years handling real estate and finance matters. He brings significant bond counsel and commercial lending experience to help clients dealing with letter of credit, real estate and commercial leasing issues. His lending practice extends to the area of New Markets Tax Credits and also to the representation of Special Assets Divisions for institutional lenders in crafting commercial loan restructures and work-outs.  Mr. Haden is a Mediator trained by the American Arbitration Association, concentrating his mediation practice on transactional matters, commercial projects and all manner of real estate related disputes.

University of KentuckyBA 1969University of Kentucky College of LawJ.D. 1972
American Bar AssociationLouisville Bar AssociationKentucky Bar AssociationNational Association of Bond LawyersCorporate Trust AssociatesInternational Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate (AECRE)

Case History

Bond Counsel — Served as Bond Counsel in scores of private purpose bond issues over the past 30 years 
Banking — Representing banking institutions in the purchase of "Bank Eligible" tax exempt bonds, Bond Trustees in their role as Trustees for tax exempt Bonds and many banks as issuers of Letters of Credit and Standby Bond Purchase Agreements for tax exempt financings 
Tax-Exempt Financing — Served as counsel to a major university in privatized student housing tax exempt financings and as counsel to for-profit developers in privatized student housing bond issues 
  • Represented a lender in a $100,000,000 credit facility for a leading private university in the southeast  
  • Represented a lender in a $78,000,000 air rights mortgage loan to finance the construction of a luxury apartment building over a commercial retail center in the Southeast  
Real Estate — Led a team of professionals to acquire and close 53 parcels in less than three months to help an attempt by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to attract a major automobile manufacturer 

Client Comments

"Bill is the best attorney I've had the honor of working with. His ability to differentiate between legal and business matters is unparallelled."

-William Leffew
Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company

"Bill is about the most responsive attorney I work with. I like it because he answers his own phone, he knows what he's doing, he hits deadlines when we need him to, and he's a person of integrity."

-Paul Markwell
Vice President
J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.

"William Haden is an excellent attorney. He epitomizes the definition of counselor."

-Louis Straub
JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.

"Bill is very detailed. He has prompt responses and he puts in the hours required to finish contracts. Bill gives very good advice and he works well with other attorneys."

-Dawson Horn
Sec. Treasurer
Process Machinery Inc.

"I am the owner of a 105-year-old family business. When I took over the business four years ago, I went shopping for a lawyer/strategic partner. We interview several attorneys to see who might fit. After eight interviews with various attorneys, William Haden stood a head taller than the rest. This was one of our best moves in building a smart, capable member to our advisory group. Having Mr. Haden as a part of our team, we have successfully overcome some serious, potentially damaging circumstances that could have resulted in our company's downfall. Mr. Haden's advice and leadership in our legal decisions were priceless. He has become a friend and a trusted advisor."

-Paul Buddeke
River Road Terminal

"My company has worked with Bill Haden for over 10 years. As professional advisors go, Bill is one of the most capable, knowledgeable, and customer-driven persons that we have ever partnered with. His strengths include integrity, knowledge, aptitude, problem-solving skills, communication skills, organization skills, and, above all, work ethic. In my mind, he is the complete package. He is a trusted partner to our company who meets commitments and deadlines. His work is complete and well thought out. His communication skills are absolutely the best. This attorney is a no-BS, no-excuses, get-it-done work horse. "

-David Miles
Process Machinery Inc.

"After working with Mr. Haden for several years now, in my capacity as a commercial real estate lender, two working characteristics exemplified by Mr. Haden come to mind. First, Mr. Haden has never missed a deadline or performance criteria. This trait is often overlooked and the word "never" is often overused; however, in the case of Mr. Haden, both are valid. Being able to relay a timetable to a customer and have counsel deliver on the same timetable generates trust and credibility that only enhances my customer relationships. Second, I have never caught Mr. Haden "playing deal." This is a typical knock on attorneys when "business people" are trying to close a deal. Mr. Haden is brief in his analysis of risk and effectively outlines this risk for me to consider on behalf of the bank. In my opinion, this is the best definition of "counsel." It has been an honor and a privilege to work with and be associated with Mr. Haden. "

-William Leffew
Vice President
Regions Financial Corporation

"Bill and I have worked together for the past six years. His professional demeanor and integrity shine through on every transaction. Bill's knowledge and his command of real estate law have established him as a leader in his field. I enjoy working with Bill because his style enables him to advocate his clients' interest in a passionate manner, but also enables him to provide creative solutions that otherwise could derail negotiations. I believe Bill is a credit to his profession and I feel lucky to team with him on any project."

-Powell Spears
Managing Member
Colliers Harry K. Moore

"My company and another company owned by family members have used Mr. Haden on numerous occasions for many years. His legal services to both companies have been of exceptional quality, creative, and of great value. His direct and to-the-point communications, excellent knowledge of the law, persistence, and patience with us have made him a valuable member of our advisory team. He has gotten us out (and kept us out) of hot water on numerous occasions. Please don't tell him I said he was worth every penny... "

-Charles Buddeke
Buddeke Industries, Inc.

"I have had the privilege of working with Bill Haden for over 15 years. Bill is perhaps the most honest, efficient, thorough, and hard-working real estate attorney I have ever worked with. Having closed over $2.5 billion of commercial real estate loans during the last 20 years, I have worked with numerous attorneys and would place Bill at the top of the list."

-Gregory Solomos
Senior Vice President
Capstone Realty Advisors

"Bill is an excellent lawyer. He understands that the bank and the client have a common goal and he takes a very logical approach to completing the transaction. He does not get hung up on minor details and always outlines the potential implications of negotiations in a clear manner. In my six years of experience with Bill, he has never missed a deadline."

-Gregory Buckhout
Senior Vice President
Regions Bank

"Bill Haden is a lawyer of extremely high qualifications. Not only has he guided us through several complicated real estate and financing legal matters, he is also our primary point of contact for all general legal matters, including copyright, trademark, litigation defense, construction, complicated contracts, employment, employee benefits, and many other general corporate law issues. Bill is very responsive; he always returns a call or e-mail right away, usually within minutes. He is resourceful, always quick to involve a member of his firm with the particular expertise that we need. Although he knows the "legal-speak," he explains it in a way that is understandable to laypersons. He's an excellent communicator and every client's dream. "

-Cynthia Coffee
General Counsel and Administrator
Southeast Christain Church

Office Location

400 West Market Street, Suite 1800
Louisville, KY 40202-3352
United States

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law (Bond Finance, Business, Commercial, Finance, Public Finance, Real Property Law, Secured Transactions, Tax Certiorari, Transactions)

Other Information

Gender: Male