James Hodge is a member of the Firm’s Real Estate & Lending Service Team.  Mr. Hodge customarily represents commercial and mortgage lenders, developers, owners, investors and builders in real estate, mineral, including coal, oil and gas, and commercial loan transactions.

His experience includes real estate and mineral purchase and sale documentation and closings; title insurance, examination and surveys; real estate and mineral acquisition and development; planning and zoning; landlord and tenant issues and documentation; third-party opinion letters; commercial mortgage loan documentation and closings; federal regulation of real estate and real estate lending; loan defaults and workouts, foreclosures and pre-bankruptcy counseling.

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Mr. Hodge is routinely involved in financing, acquisition and development of multi-use projects such as:

  • Lexington Center
  • Lexington Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • The Civic Center Shops Mall
  • Rupp Arena
  • Phoenix Park
  • Lexington-Fayette County Public Library
  • Park Plaza Apartment Tower
  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Building Annex


  • J.D., University of Kentucky, with distinction, 1971
  • B.A., Berea College, 1968




  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Real Estate Law, 1989-2021
  • Recognized in Kentucky Super Lawyers, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010


  • Commissioner of Law for Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, 1975-1977
  • Lieutenant, United States Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corps., 1971-1975
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory


  • Real Property sections of Fayette County, Kentucky and American Bar Associations
  • Lexington Mortgage Bankers Association


  • Rotary Club of Lexington
  • Past Member, Board of Directors for Bluegrass Tomorrow
  • President of Central Christian Church Apartments, Inc.
  • Trustee of Central Christian Church
  • Leadership Kentucky


Mr. Hodge is a frequent lecturer for law schools, bar associations, trade groups and continuing education programs.  His lectures include:

  • November 2004 – University of Kentucky, College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky: 9th Biennial Real Estate Law and Practice Institute. “Kentucky Recordation: The County Clerks & Recording Issues.”
  • July, 1997 – University of Kentucky, College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky: Trust and Fiduciary Law Workshop, “Creditors Rights To And Claims Against Trust Assets.”
  • October, 1996 – Seminar on Issues for Lenders. “Limited Liability Companies: An Overview.”
  • April, 1994 – University of Kentucky, College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky: 4th Biennial Real Estate Law and Practice Institute. “The Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act `RESPA’ and The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act `FIRPTA’.”
  • April, 1993 – Fayette County, Kentucky, Bar Association, Lexington, Kentucky: Real Estate Seminar. “Commercial Real Estate Lending/Priority of Liens.”
  • March, 1993 – Kentucky Bankers Association, Louisville, Kentucky: Recent Developments in Compliance: Lending Related Issues. “Regulation of Truth-in-Lending.”
  • October, 1991 – Kentucky Bankers Association, Bowling Green, Kentucky: Real Estate Compliance for Lenders. “The Truth-in-Lending Act and The Home Equity Loan Act.”
  • April, 1991 – Kentucky Bankers Association, Louisville, Kentucky: Competency In Compliance. “Truth-in-Lending Act.”
  • January, 1991 – University of Kentucky, College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky: Construction Law Institute. “Financially Distressed Construction Projects/Real Estate Defaults & Workouts.”
  • September, 1987 – Kentucky Municipal League and Louisville Bar Foundation. “Planning and Zoning Law.”