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Mr. Patrick Kennedy is the managing partner of the firm and over the past 34 years he has represented private and publicly held corporations in general corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions,
regulatory and transactional matters.

His practice has included preparation of securities offerings under federal and state securities laws as well as public company periodic reporting. His practice has been particularly concentrated in the representation of banks and bank holding companies and other financial intermediaries. In addition to this general corporate and securities work, he has represented these entities and their shareholders, directors and officers in a broad range of matters, including regulatory enforcement, special corporate investigations, directors and officers and fidelity bond claims, Bank Secrecy Act and currency transactions compliance, Community Reinvestment Act strategy, mergers, acquisition and strategic planning, corporate governance and restructuring and state and federal banking law compliance.

Throughout his career Patrick has been involved in a number of initiatives, both legislative and regulatory, which have resulted in the creation of important opportunities for his clients. One of the more significant initiatives was the passage of legislation permitting banks and thrifts and their holding companies to elect Subchapter S tax treatment under the Internal Revenue Code which has resulted in over 2300 US depository institutions operating as Sub S Banks. To assure his clients and the industry have the best information available regarding the unique opportunities and issues these companies face, he founded the Subchapter S Bank Association in 1997 which sponsors among other things an Annual Conference and periodic professional reports. Through the Association and his firm,Patrick advocates for the community banking industry and most recently was instrumental in assuring that small bank holding companies were exempt from Section 171 of Dodd Frank restricting the use of Trust Preferred Securities as well as protecting community banks from certain provisions under the Basel III Final Rule.

Patrick’s broad based corporate and financial services practice also utilizes creative financing structures and other local, state and federal incentives such as the New Markets Tax Credit Program in the representation of:

  • Banks
  • Project Sponsors
  • Borrowers
  • Economic Development Corporations
  • Community Development Entities

His firm structures and documents these complex financings which encourage private investment in rural and urban low income communities. In addition, Patrick and his firm represent Community Development Financial Institutions in their corporate, financial, loan syndication and other financing initiatives, including partnerships with community banks.

Awards

  • Woodward/White, Inc.’s Best Lawyers in America® – Banking & Finance Law, 2017
  • Martindale Hubbel AV® Preeminent 5.0 Peer Rating

Education

  • Georgetown University (A.B., 1975)
  • St. Mary’s University School of Law (J.D., 1978)

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas – admitted 1978

Civic & Charitable

  • Museum of the Big Bend, Directors Advisory Council
  • Oblate School of Theology, Board of Trustees
  • Sovereign Military and Hospitaler Order of Malta, Federal Association, Washington, DC
  • Texas Agricultural Finance Authority, Member, Board of Directors, and Chairman of the Audit Committee (2013)
  • Texas Department of Agriculture Cotton and Fiber Board, Board of Directors (2011-2012)
  • World Affairs Council Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Former Chairman

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Professional Associations

  • American Banking Association, Banking Law Committee
  • American Bar Association Retail and Consumer Banking Law Subcommittee, Chairman
  • Independent Bankers Association of Texas, Board of Directors
  • State Bar of Texas International Law Section, Chairman
  • Texas Association of Bank Counsel

Presentations

  • 4nd Annual Texas Association Bank Counsel’s Legal Conference “Navigating Bank Investment Opportunities”; April 7, 2016; San Antonio, TX
  • Bank Holding Company Association Mini Seminar, “Make the Most of your S Election”; March 15, 2016; Moravia, Iowa
  • Preservation Texas 2016 Summit, “Funding Strategies for Endangered Structures”; February 8, 2016; Austin, Texas
  • 18th Annual Subchapter S Bank Association Conference, “Operating your Bank as an LLC”; October 28, 2015; San Antonio, Texas
  • 4th Annual Strategic Opportunities Conference, “Buying or Selling a Subchapter S Bank: Key Planning Considerations for Buyers & Sellers”; September 24, 2015; New Orleans, LA
  • Independent Bankers Association of Texas 40th Convention, Attorney Panel; September 21, 2015; Galveston, TX
  • State Historic Tax Credit Workshop, “Federal and State Tax Credits” May 15, 2015; Austin, TX
  • Bank Holding Company Association Spring Seminar, “How to Leverage Your Sub S Election”; May 4, 2015; Bloomington, MN
  • San Antonio CPA Society, “Financing Opportunities with Federal and State Tax Credits: A Brief Survey of the New Markets Tax Credit and the Federal and Texas Historic Tax Credits”; December 3, 2014; San Antonio, TX
  • 3rd Annual Strategic Opportunities Conference, “THE CHANGING M&A LANDSCAPE:How today’s regulators and today’s deals are different”; November 12, 2014; New Orleans, LA
  • 3rd Annual Strategic Opportunities Conference, “Is Sub S still the best choice for your bank? How to capture the Sub S premium for your shareholders upon sale”; November 11, 2014; New Orleans, LA
  • 17th Annual Subchapter S Bank Association Conference, “Legislative and Regulatory Initiatives: Congress, the Agencies and the IRS”; October 23-24, 2014; San Antonio, TX
  • Bank Holding Company Association Fall Seminar, “Subchapter S Banks: Capital Access, Dividends and the Future”; October 6, 2014; Bloomington, MN
  • Independent Bankers Association of Texas 40th Convention, Attorney Panel; September 29, 2014; Fort Worth, TX
  • Texas Banker’s Association Agriculture & Rural Affairs Conference, “Rural Development Finance – Tax Credits and other Tools”; April 11, 2014; College Station, TX
  • 16th Annual Subchapter S Bank Association Conference, “Shareholder Management Issues: Shareholder Agreements, Capital Raising, Management Succession and Liquidity”; October 24-25, 2013; San Antonio, TX
  • Community Banking in a New World Conference, “New Market Tax Credits-Three Ways to Improve Profit Ability and Provide Capital to Local Business” & “Bank Service Corporations and CDCs as Vehicles for Profitable Business Investments”; October 23, 2013; San Antonio, TX
  • Texas Association of Banker Counsel’s 2013 Conference, “Community Reinvestment Act Toolkit”; October 2013; Austin, TX
  • Director Series Webinar: “Enterprise Risk Management for Credit Unions – A Primer”; March 27, 2013
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Mr. Dub Sutherland’s practice is focused on general business, corporate and securities, and finance matters.

Dub represents both established and start-up private companies, financial institutions, non-bank lenders, and investment funds in day to day management and transactions as well as all phases of the business lifecycle, including formation, acquisitions and dispositions, mergers, conventional debt financing, equity and debt securities offerings, commercial negotiations and transactions, executive compensation plans, and corporate governance. Dub has developed specialties in the areas of technology contract negotiation, fintech evaluation and partnership, blockchain and smart contracts, and cybersecurity in order to keep his clients apprised of emerging technologies and their potential application to respective business models while ensuring proper vendor management processes are in place and in compliance with legal and regulatory standards.

Dub serves as outside corporate counsel for many of his clients and assists in the formulation of growth strategies and the necessary restructuring and subsidiary formation that may be required to implement those strategies.

Dub provides loan structuring advice to many of his financial institution clients and non-bank lenders and efficient loan documentation services through  innovative technology and support teams.

Dub spent time early in his career in executive management positions in both the banking and manufacturing industries. He now approaches client matters with the same “owner” mentality he used while on the business side and a focus on efficient problem solving.

Other matters Mr. Dub Sutherland has handled for financial institutions:

  • Regulatory enforcement actions
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Structured finance transactions
  • Asset purchases, loan pool formation, and loan participations
  • Problem loan workouts
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Community Reinvestment Act strategy implementation

 

Education

  • University of Texas at Austin (B.A.,Government, 2003)
  • St. Mary’s University School of Law (J.D., 2007)

Civic & Charitable

  • Techstars Mentor
  • World Affairs Council Board of Trustees

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas – admitted 2008

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Banking Law Committee
  • Business & Community Lenders of Texas, Board of Directors
  • Independent Bankers Association of Texas, Leadership Division Board of Directors
  • Texas Association of Bank Counsel

Publications

Presentations

  • 42nd Annual Texas Association Bank Counsel’s Legal Conference “Fintech”; April 7, 2016; San Antonio, TX
  • 18th Annual Subchapter S Bank Association Conference, “ESOPs: Empowering Community Banks”; October 28, 2015; San Antonio, TX
  • Texas Rural Challenge- Rural Matters, “Business & Economic Development-Innovative Financing”; June 16, 2015; Waco, TX
  • Bank Holding Company Association Spring Seminar, “Sub S Issues & Opportunities”; May 4, 2015; Bloomington, MN
  • Overdrive Lenders Resource Conference, “7a Closing Guidance/Best Practices”‘; March 27, 2015; San Antonio, TX
  • San Antonio CPA Society, “Structuring and Organizational Issues for Nonprofits”; December 3, 2014; San Antonio, TX
  • 17th Annual Subchapter S Bank Association Conference, “A Detailed Discussion of the Advantages and Disadvantages of S Corp v. C Corp” and “Capital Raising Strategies for Sub S Banks, Shareholder Succession, ESOPS and Liquidity Options”; October 23, 2014; San Antonio, TX
  • 2nd Annual Community Banking in a New World Conference, “Loan Pools: A structure to share risk and focus on specific needs” and “SBIC & Public Welfare Investments for Banks”; October 22, 2014; San Antonio, TX
  • Digital Compliance, ““A True Friend in Community Banking Web Seminar”; October 1, 2014
  • Texas Rural Challenge- From Seed to Prosperity Conference, “Business & Economic Development-Financing Expansion & Best Practices”; June 19, 2014; Waco, TX
  • Texas Banker’s Association Agriculture & Rural Affairs Conference, “Rural Development Finance – Tax Credits and other Tools”; April 11, 2014; College Station, TX
  • 16th Annual Subchapter S Bank Association Conference, “Shareholder Management Issues: Shareholder Agreements, Capital Raising, Management Succession and Liquidity” and “Executive Compensation Strategies for Board, Shareholders, and Executives”; October 24-25, 2013; San Antonio, TX
  • Community Banking in a New World Conference, “New Market Tax Credits-Three Ways to Improve Profit Ability and Provide Capital to Local Business”; October 23, 2013; San Antonio, TX
  • Texas Association of Banker Counsel’s 2013 Conference, “Community Reinvestment Act Toolkit”; October 2013; Austin, TX
  • Director Series Webinar: “Enterprise Risk Management for Credit Unions – A Primer”; March 27, 2013
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Mrs. Karen Neeley has provided legal services to community banks throughout Texas and beyond for over 30 years.

In addition to serving as General Counsel for the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, she represents numerous banks, other financial services companies and vendors to the industry. Routinely, Karen advises financial institutions on regulatory compliance, examination preparation, policies and procedures and has special expertise in Bank Secrecy Act, fair lending and consumer compliance matters. Recognized throughout the financial institution community, Karen has advocated for community banks under the pink dome of the Texas Capital to the halls of Washington, DC. She has consistently provided testimony, drafted legislative language, and campaigned for issues critical to banks and financial institutions, including through voluminous comment letters.

In addition, she has assisted clients in developing innovative new products and services in the financial arena. In addition to expertise in the financial services area, Karen also has provided legal advice for nonprofit corporations, especially trade associations, for many years. This practice has included advice and transactional work to establish effective structures, endorsement relationships, and policies and procedures for such organizations.

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Banking & Finance Services ║ Financial Regulatory & Compliance ║ Government Affairs ║ Corporate

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Mr. Brent Farley provides practical guidance on regulatory, compliance, corporate and transactional matters for financial institutions.

Brent assists financial institutions in confronting and adapting to the constant changes in regulations, regulatory priorities, and widespread innovation in the finance industries. Brent offers adaptive and practical guidance on a wide range of issues such as consumer and commercial lending, new products development, vendor management, and treasury and cash management services. With the right approach, regulatory challenges can become a competitive advantage and an opportunity, rather than obstacles.

Among other things, Brent has worked on resolving and mitigating fair lending risks, developing new banking products, delivering banking services electronically, upgrading payments systems, and vetting new vendors. Brent has experience in commercial real estate lending and also in regulatory compliance for banks in Texas and in national markets. His experience in credit analysis, servicing, and lending operations gives him practice in delivering legal solutions that work for you, your bank, and your customers’ needs.

Brent’s expertise extends to planning and qualifying historic developments for state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits. Historic tax credits are an attractive incentive for renovating and redeveloping historic buildings and places. We work with multiple professionals to qualify and complete successful historic rehabilitation projects. Brent has experience in working with state and federal preservation offices and developers to resolve concerns regarding preservation, project concepts, and project feasibility. Brent also assists financial institutions in learning about historic tax credits and taking advantage of what is frequently a creative and valuable community development and lending activity.

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Banking & Finance Services ║ Financial Regulatory & Compliance ║ Lending Documentation ║ Historic Preservation Tax Credits
Tax Advantaged ║ Finance ║ Corporate

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Mr. Timothy Miller has a broad-based business and corporate law practice, with a special emphasis on tax credit financing.

Tim represents lenders and developers nationwide in federal and state new markets tax credit and historic tax credit transactions. In addition, he has experience in utilizing other local, state and federal tax incentives to finance development projects. Tim’s representation in financial matters extends to venture capital financings, commercial and real estate finance transactions and private securities offerings. Additionally, he provides business formation, governance and contract counsel across a range of industries.

Prior to joining Kennedy Sutherland LLP, Tim worked at a boutique firm focused solely on tax credit finance. While there, he represented investors, lenders, community development entities and developers in new markets tax credit and renewable energy tax credit transactions nationwide. During this time, he closed more than 40 deals totaling more than $1 billion by utilizing leveraged financing, secured and unsecured debt financing, and private equity.

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Banking & Finance Services ║ Corporate & Securities ║ Taxation

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Mrs. Corina Castillo-Johnson leads the firm’s real estate
practice group.

Corina is an experienced collaborator and value-added team player with a proven track record of effectively working with stakeholders to assist her clients evaluate, manage, acquire, sell, lease, plan, entitle, permit, finance, develop, operate, monetize and maximize real property assets. She combines her expertise in real estate and government to enable her clients to fully understand and navigate unique and complex business, community, and political interests impacting their development projects to produce positive results and benefits.

Corina uses pragmatic and strategic problem solving to provide viable legal, business, and political solutions for developers, builders, investors and lenders, and public and private entities. She has structured, negotiated and completed a wide variety of real estate transactions ranging from several hundred thousand to one billion in asset value and financing located throughout the United States from remote rural locations to urban city cores.

As former Deputy Chief Counsel to the Secretary of the Air Force, Corina’s skill and proficiency in guiding public policy, government relations strategies, and counseling private and public- sector clients in effective public-private partnerships and economic development culminated in notable and innovative developments for renewable energy, medical, education, national security, and technology industries. Corina was a “go-to” trusted advisor to leaders throughout the Department of Defense on the management of a nine million acre real estate portfolio. During her time in Florida, she represented some of the most active and prolific developers in the state.

As project counsel, Corina has extensive experience in successfully negotiating and closing complex real esate transactions, and has managed all aspects of land use, development, and finance for a variety of projects including, tranportation infrastructure, large scale master planned communities, multi-family housing, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI), Transit Oriented Developments (TOD), airports, hospitals and medical centers, golf courses, mixed-use developments, head quarters campuses, hotels and resorts, retail centers, office buildings, industrial parks, medical-education- technology clusters, and schools.

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Real Estate ║ Public-Private Partnerships ║ Government Relations ║ Land Use & Development ║ Project Finance

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Mr. Jimmy Carter has built a reputation as a trial attorney with a proven track record trying complex cases throughout the southern United States, but particularly Texas.  He is formidable, confident, and is a determined driver to high achievement for his clients.

He has successfully presented numerous cases to state and federal juries and courts involving probate and trust disputes, including issues such as fraud, negligence, royalty disagreements, adverse possession, and breach of contract. Mr. Carter also has successful involvement in appeals / reported opinions issued by the Texas Courts of Appeal, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Carter graduated from the honors college at Texas Tech University, summa cum laude and received his law degree from Baylor University. Mr. Carter is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. In connection with his dedication to helping minors combat all forms of bullying, the San Antonio Bar Foundation awarded Mr. Carter the 2017 Peacemaker Award. The San Antonio Business Journal presented Mr. Carter the Outstanding Lawyer Award in 2016. Martindale-Hubbell awarded him the highest possible “Preeminent” rating by judges and peers based on legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication and legal experience using their industry rating system. Mr. Carter has also received the highest possible rating (5.0 out of 5) from client reviews on Martindale Hubbell. These reviews are anonymous and based on communication, responsiveness, value and quality of legal representation. Mr. Carter was selected “Best Lawyer” in Civil Litigation by SA Scene magazine in each year since 2010, and was selected “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers in 2012.

Mr. Carter is an active author and speaker on legal matters of keen interest to Texans, including subjects important to estate beneficiaries, rural landowners, developers, mineral owners, and business owners. Mr. Carter chairs the Man & Woman of the Year Campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and volunteers extensively for educational charities.

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Will Contests ║ Estate ║ Trust and Fiduciary Litigation

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