Arthur A. Rouse

Senior Counsel

P 502-562-7508

F 502-589-0309


400 West Market Street

Suite 2000

Louisville, KY 40202

Arthur Rouse is a member of the Firm's Real Estate & Lending Service Team.  Mr. Rouse's commercial lending practice includes representation of institutional lenders in making all types of commercial/industrial, commercial real estate/construction and syndicated loan financing and in pre-litigation loan workout negotiations and documentation.

  • Representative Matters 
    • Represented money center bank, as arranger and sole bookrunner, lead lender and agent bank, in $75,000,000 secured syndicated revolving loan to publicly traded company
    • Represented community bank in extending $12,750,000 construction loan for a large industrial warehouse facility
    • Represented money center bank, as a co-lender, in coordinating a three year workout of a $16 million credit exposure involving foreclosure, §363 purchase out of bankruptcy, and piecemeal sales for commercial/residential uses of large tract in eastern Jefferson County, KY
    • Represented super regional bank in a consensual workout of a $26 million ABL credit
    • Represented money center bank as agent in $68,000,000 syndicated revolving credit and term loan facility partially secured by real estate in three states
    • Provided local counsel opinions in connection with a variety of syndicated loan transactions
    • Represented regional bank in a $11,250,000 leveraged ESOP secured loan transaction
    • Represented borrower in $40,000,000 ABL transaction
    • Represented community and super regional banks as investors in a variety of New Markets Tax Credit construction loan transactions
    • Represented super regional bank in preparation of reimbursement agreement in connection with issuance of $4,100,000 letter of credit securing Adjustable Rate Taxable Securities
    • Represented super regional bank in extending $3,000,000 term loan and revolving credit facilities financing acquisition of coal preparation plant
    • Represented money center bank in extension of $10,100,000 term loan/revolving credit secured by all business assets and real property in KY and CA used in the business of borrower
  • Representative Clients 
    • Branch Banking and Trust Company
    • Old National Bank
    • PNC Bank, National Association

    (NOTE: the above list excludes certain material financial institutions clients whose policies prohibit specifically naming them in this context)

  • Professional Experience 
    • 1973-1980: Loan officer with Chemical Bank (now JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.), New York, NY, first in their management training program and subsequently as a loan officer in a "middle market" lending group serving lower Manhattan
  • Honors 

    • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Banking & Finance Law and Real Estate Law, 2009-2016
    • Highest Professional Ratings by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
    • Recognized by his peers in Kentucky Super Lawyers® 2007-2008, 2011-2018
    • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, in Real Estate.  Clients interviewed by Chambers USA describe Mr. Rouse as "a standout real estate lawyer" who "does highly impressive work in the secured lending field."
    • Recognized as one of the "Top Lawyers" in the area of Banking Law by Louisville Magazine, March, 2014
  • Education 

    1982 - J.D., St. John's University School of Law

    1978 - M.B.A., New York University

    1971 - B.A., magna cum laude, Florida State University; Phi Beta Kappa

  • Presentations 

    Mr. Rouse has spoken to various lender groups, commercial real estate brokers and to other attorneys on lender and loan workout issues.

  • Professional Activities and Memberships 
    • Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations
    • Kentucky CCIM Chapter
    • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Civic Involvement 
    • Wyatt Team Captain for Greater Louisville Inc. Total Resource Campaign 2005-2012
    • Member: Properties Subcommittee of Seven Counties Services, Inc., a community based mental health and substance abuse treatment organization
  • Admissions 
    • Kentucky