Joshua M. O'Bryan

T 502.568.0218
F 502.581.1087
400 West Market Street
Suite 3200
Louisville, Kentucky 40202-3363

Josh advises clients on a broad range of transactional issues, including business combinations, securities compliance and corporate governance matters.

Before entering business school and law school, Josh had a successful career in sales and operations management with a national construction industry wholesaler.


Josh regularly advises public company clients in various corporate matters, including:

  • Transactional and financing matters, including registered and unregistered offerings of equity and debt
  • Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • SEC compliance and reporting
  • Corporate governance and fiduciary obligations
  • Investor relations and institutional governance

Josh also regularly advises investment adviser and hedge fund clients with state and SEC registration and with SEC and FINRA compliance and reporting, and he also regularly advises private investment fund sponsors in organizational, capital raising and ongoing governance matters.  Assets in these investment funds include:

  • Real estate
  • Tax liens
  • Cannabis-industry businesses
  • Life Settlement Contracts

Josh also assists entrepreneurs, start-ups and larger, closely-held companies with general business and corporate matters, including: 

  • Entity selection, formation and organizational matters, including operating agreements, shareholder agreements, and buy-sell agreements
  • Private placements and offering memoranda
  • Acquisitions, dispositions and joint-ventures
  • Governance and other general corporate matters

Representative Representations

Advised a large imaging center client in a multi-million dollar multi-stage asset liquidation

Assisted a major telecommunications client to go public through a reverse merger transaction with a public shell company

Advised a $1 billion home health provider in "going public" through a two-step tender offer

Advised a home health provider in its registration of a $200 million debt offering and subsequent SEC debt registration and exchange

Advised clients in the combination of two SEC registered investment advisers

Advised the underwriter in a bank's registration and sale of a $30 million debenture offering

Assisted multiple real estate investment fund sponsors with fund formation and capital raising matters

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Kentucky Rising Stars®, 2013-2016
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Brandeis Honor Society (U of L)
  • Stites and Harbison Leadership Award Recipient
  • Marlin Volz Scholarship Recipient

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Business Law Section, Chair 2016-2017
  • Leadership Louisville, Class of 2017 (Leadership Louisville Center)
  • St. Albert the Great School, Board Member, 2014-2017
  • Personal Counseling Service, Inc., Board Member & President Past Board Chair, 2010-2015
  • Ignite Louisville, Class of 2012 (Leadership Louisville Center)
  • Focus Forward Kentucky, Founding Member
  • Legal Aid, Volunteer Lawyer Program, volunteer
  • Junior Achievement, "Real Jobs Real World’ program, volunteer
  • Jefferson County Public Schools, "Every 1 Reads" program, volunteer
  • Focus Louisville, Class of 2009 (Leadership Louisville Center)
  • President, Moot Court & Professional Skills Board at the University of Louisville, 2007-2008

Non-FBT Publications and Events

National Business Institute, "Helping Your Client Buy or Sell a Small-to-Medium Sized Business," 2011

National Business Institute, "Limited Liability Companies," 2011

Louisville Bar Association, "Limited Liability Companies," 2010

UK/CLE Kentucky Corporation Law Handbook, 3d Ed., 2017
    "Stock Redemptions: Non-Tax and Tax Issues," co-author
    "Restrictions on the Transfer of Stock and Stock Redemption Agreements," co-author

Other Contact Info




Susie Parker
T 502.779.8560