Henry M. Reed III
LLB University of Louisville
B.A. University of Louisville
Culver Military Academy
Licensure: KY
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In Memoriam

Henry M. “Hank” Reed III joined the firm in 2012 and was a respected and valued member of the Steptoe & Johnson family.  He was one of the preeminent public finance lawyers in Kentucky with a strong reputation of success and many deep professional relationships.  In 1991, Hank formed the Kentucky Interlocal School Transportation Association (KISTA), a cooperative of Kentucky school districts, formed to act as an issuing agency for pooled school bus financings. KISTA has issued annual series of bonds since its inception.  Hank also lobbied for legislation to benefit Kentucky schools.  In 1988, he drafted and lobbied for adoption of KRS 162.385 giving authority to Kentucky school districts to utilize a School District Finance Corporation as issuing agency.  In 1994, he drafted and lobbied for adoption of the “state intercept statute” allowing access to state funds due school districts to prevent a bond default.  

Over the course of his 50 year plus career, Hank served as bond counsel on literally billions of dollars of financings.   Hank was a mentor and friend to many financial advisors and lawyers.   He had a great sense of humor and was the prime example of a southern gentleman.  Hank was a lover of fine food and his restaurant recommendations were impeccable.   He could always tell you where the best restaurants were and what to eat when you were there.   He will be missed on many levels.  We are thankful for our years with him and for the graciousness and knowledge he imparted on all of us.

Work Experience

2012 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2009-2012 Reed Law Office
2005-2009 Reed & Johnson
1980-2005 Reed Law Office
1978-1980 Greenbaum, Doll & McDonald, PLLC
1974-1978 Reed & Brickey
1970-1974 Skaggs, Hayes & Reed

Key Experience

Served as bond counsel for various state agencies and universities
Served as bond counsel for counties, cities and taxing districts in financing of local facilities
Served as bond counsel for statewide transportation association

Memberships & Awards

National Association of Bond Lawyers
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association