Clifford H. Ashburner


Pro Bono Counsel to Historic Riding Club

Client: A Riding Club

Our client is a historic riding club with 501(c)(3), and we assist with pro bono legal work. We have prepared license and lease agreements, advised on property valuation issues, and counselled on insurance and liability issues for both the club and its annual horse show.

Development Counsel for Regional Bus/Coach Company

We served as development counsel to a regional bus/coach company working to obtain rezoning and entitlements needed to relocate an expanded headquarters and dispatch facility. The new location was directly adjacent to a neighborhood, necessitating a protracted negotiation of buffering standards and site design.

Led Zoning Approval for Driving Range/Restaurant Concept

We led the high profile development approval effort for a large driving range/entertainment venue located at a regional mall adjacent to a suburban neighborhood. Our efforts included working with a public relations firm to galvanize support for the project. We managed a successful planning approval effort to overcome significant opposition from nearby property owners, which included organizing expert testimony and conducting coordinated public engagement efforts to address areas of public concern. 

Project Counsel During Re-purposing of Elementary School

Client: Parkland Scholar House

We served as land use counsel for the Family Scholar House project that adaptively reused the historic Parkland Elementary School, turning it into housing with community facilities for single-parent college students. We worked with Marian Development Group and Louisville Metro to expedite the rezoning process, reducing the review process to less than 100 days from filing to signed ordinance.

Project Counsel for Multi-Use Development Site

Client: Riverport Landings

We served as project counsel for a large mixed use development that included commercial space, a public park, and more than 400 units of affordable housing for children aging out of foster care, single-parent college students, families, and senior citizens. Working with two firm clients, LDG Development, LLC and the Marian Group, we obtained expedited rezoning of the site and negotiated a development agreement with Louisville Metro for the contribution of city and state funds to aid in the creation of the affordable housing units. We also helped structure and close on the financing needed for the overall development.

Provided Counsel to Clients Operating Airbnb Units in Louisville

We worked with a firm client, who operates several short term rental units in the Louisville Metro area, to ensure newly enacted local regulations on short-term rentals enabling the business to continue. Our work also ensured other owners in the city had a process to seek approval for short-term rental units.

Served as Project Counsel During Redevelopment of Historic Cotton Mill

Client: Bradford Mills Lofts

Working with a firm client, the Marian Group, we served as project counsel for the redevelopment of the former Bradford Mills in the Germantown neighborhood of Louisville. The redevelopment turned a semi-active warehouse into 144 loft apartments and commercial space on approximately 2.4 acres.