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J. Steven Kirkham

J. Steven Kirkham


Tennessee, U.S.A.

tel: 615 850 8564
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Clients with challenging development schedules or complex acquisitions rely upon Steve Kirkham to bring their transaction to a successful closing. Steve efficiently handles the high-value and high-transaction portfolios for clients that operate hundreds of retail outlets across the country. Despite the heavy development schedules set out by such clients, Steve maintains their timeline and gets the deals done. Described as "unflappable," Steve confidently solves problems with a persistent, yet pleasant style.

Steve is also the top of mind attorney for owners and developers of apartment complexes across the country, regardless of whether the project is to acquire new property or assist with complex ownership structures and securitized lending. Steve is often oversees his client’s broader needs, assisting C-suite executives with oversight of corporate finance, litigation management, corporate governance and legal support. Steve often supervises multi-disciplinary legal teams on behalf of clients.

Steve’s experience includes:

Shopping center and retail development, including preparation of reciprocal easement agreements and other shopping center governance documents
Acquisition, financing and deal structure of multi-family projects
Lease transactions
Acquisitions and dispositions
Financing, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD transactions
Reverse build-to-suit transactions

Best Lawyers recognizes Steve in the area of Real Estate, and he is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell has selected Steve as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use And Zoning.

Bar Admissions



J.D., University of Kentucky, 1989
B.S., University of Kentucky, 1986
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Professional Associations

Member, Nashville, Tennessee, Kentucky and American Bar Associations
Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

Professional Activities and Experience

Member, Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee, 1995-2001
In-house Bank Counsel, Dominion Bankshares Corporation

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