Jim Parsons

Kentucky Policy Advisor

Jim Parsons is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Group, and practices in the areas of public law, public finance and tax incentives for business development, including tax increment financing for development projects, industrial revenue bond finance, Kentucky Tourism Development Act incentives, and other incentives. Over the past 10 years, Jim has obtained over $1.5 billion in incentives for his clients.

Jim is active with several community groups in Northern Kentucky, having served as the Chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and currently serving as a board member of the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky, and the Boone-Florence Water Commission. Previously, Jim served as the Assistant City Solicitor, City Solicitor and City Manager for the City of Newport and was very involved in a number of developments in Newport, including the Newport Aquarium and Newport on the Levee. Jim also served for more than 7 years as the Boone County Administrator and Deputy County Judge/Executive.

Jim is admitted to practice law in Kentucky; he is not licensed in Ohio.

Representative Work

Special counsel to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government on economic development and tax increment financing projects

General Counsel to the Kentucky Association of Economic Development

Special counsel to the City of Bowling Green, Kentucky, establishing the WKU Gateway to Downtown Bowling Green SignatureTIF District

Assisted the University of Louisville with the establishment of the University of Louisville Signature TIF District and Shelbyhurst Signature TIF District

Special Justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court and authored Light v. City of Louisville, 248 S.W.3d 559 (Ky.2008)

Won the decision in United States Supreme Court extending cities authority to regulate liquor and adult entertainment in City of Newport v. Iacobucci, 479 U.S. 92 (1986)

Professional and Community Involvement

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair

Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (“TANK”) Board Member

Tri-County Economic Development Corporate Board Member

Boone-Florence Water Commission, Board Member

Kentucky Association of Economic Development

Life Member of Kentucky City-County Managers Association and Northern Kentucky City-County Managers Association