50 E Rivercenter Blvd #1400
Covington, KY 41011

P 513.768.9712

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • Ohio

Martin C. Butler


Martin Butler is an accomplished business practitioner with a strong concentration on all aspects of commercial transactions and operations, corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, and is recognized as one of the Midwest’s most experienced and respected commercial real estate counsel, with a long record of successful representation involving hundreds of millions of dollars in local and nationally recognized development projects, including comprehensive counsel on site selection and acquisition, zoning, construction, leasing, sale, and public and private financing.


  • Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law (J.D.)
  • Thomas More College (B.A.)

Significant Representations

  • Lead counsel for $200 million 75 acre, mixed-use, in-field commercial development project, including negotiations for anchor tenants, site development agreements, master declarations, sub-declarations, and all public and private financing.
  • Successfully negotiated the acquisition and completion of Hilton and Hyatt hotel franchise agreements for national hospitality provider.
  • Successful trial court and state supreme court defense of national advertising client in condemnation litigation involving digital billboard.
  • Comprehensive representation of national real estate developer in connection with $70 million “in-field” redevelopment of Denver, Co. office complex and hotel properties, including leasing, financing, parking garage development, quasi-public infrastructure, tax increment financing.
  • Developer representation for $50M Covington, Ky., high-end, “Ascent” high-rise condominium development project, including ground leasing, air rights, bond financing, master condominium declarations and documents, unit sales and financing
  • Counsel to hospitality industry real estate investment trust (REIT)

Community Involvement

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Northern Kentucky University Executive Committee, vice president
  • Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents, chairman of search/screening committee
  • Northern Kentucky University Foundation, vice president, Board of Directors
  • Northern Kentucky Fine Arts Fund Campaign, 2007 chairman
  • Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents, past president and member
  • Northern Kentucky Habitat for Humanity, past president
  • Parish Kitchen, past board member
  • Senior Citizens of Northern Kentucky, past board member
  • Southbank Fund, past advisory board member

Honors & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers 2008-2021
  • Martindale AV® Preeminent attorney
  • Northern Kentucky University Lincoln Award, 2014
  • Corporex Eagle Award, 2005
  • Northern Kentucky University Distinguished Service Award 2017

Practice Areas

  • Airline Equipment Acquisitions | Leasing
  • Bank and Commercial Lending
  • Commercial | Residential Real Estate
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Corporations
  • Franchising
  • Eminent Domain
  • Leasing
  • Mergers | Acquisitions
  • Probate
  • Trusts | Estate Planning and Administration
  • Zoning