- Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, J.D., 1997, magna cum laude
- University of Wisconsin, B.A., 1989
Bar & Court Admissions
Bill is a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and a member of the finance, energy and real estate group. His practice focuses on commercial real estate and related business matters, with a specialty in multifamily affordable housing finance, including representing lenders and owners in the financing of multifamily and senior housing under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) insured financing programs and other agency financing, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Most of the FHA financing transactions Bill handles involve projects syndicated using low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs). Bill also practices in development and construction, including the preparation of acquisition/disposition, design, development, construction, and management documents on behalf of owners and contractors.
Career highlights include:
- Closing hundreds of HUD-insured financing transactions including projects in almost every U.S. state, particularly those involving tax-exempt bonds, tax credits, TIFs, state and municipal agency grants and loans, and other credit and subsidy facilities
- Several major construction projects that have helped transform Cincinnati’s riverfront, downtown and skyline, including the Great American Ballpark, Queen City Tower, and The Banks developments, in addition to the ongoing $2 billion Hamilton County sewer project
Bill has given presentations on affordable housing finance, tax-exempt bond financing, subcontractor issues in construction law,Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), securitization of HUD-insured loans, eminent domain and adverse possession and he has participated in radio discussions regarding Kelo v. City of New London and City of Norwood v. Horney.
Bill received his J.D. magna cum laude from the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law and received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.
Before joining Vorys, Bill worked in the institutional trust areas at the Northern Trust Company in Chicago and Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati. In addition, he served as General Counsel of Chavez Properties / Parking Company of America, Inc. from 2008 to 2010.
Professional and Community Activities
- St. Xavier High School, Athletic Booster, Board Member, 2018-present
- Cincinnati Blue Jays Lacrosse Association, Board Member, 2012-present
- Mount Lookout Swim Club, Board Member, 2009-2017; Vice Chair, 2013-2015; Treasurer, 2015-2017
- Cincy Royals Lacrosse Association, Steering Committee, 2012-2013
- Kentucky Mountain Bike Association, Board Member and General Counsel, 2010-2013
- Price Hill Will Community Development and Action Board, Board Member, 2007 – 2012; Treasurer 2008-2010; Vice Chair 2010-2012
- Downtown Cincinnati Inc., Parking and Access Committee, Member, 2002–2008; Downtown Parking Subcommittee, Chair, 2006-2008
- Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, Trustee, 2006-2007
- Hamilton County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board, Trustee, 1999-2006; Treasurer, 2005-2006
- Downtown Cincinnati Inc., Downtown Environment Committee, Member, 1997-2002
Honors & Awards
- The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2020
- Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, Person of the Year Award, 2007
- Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Real Estate, 2005-2006
- Cincinnati Business Courier Forty Under 40, September 2006
- 8/15/2019One hundred and thirteen lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2020.
- 2/6/2017Vorys Partner Bill Baldwin was a speaker at the ELA Annual Conference hosted by the Eastern Lenders Association on February 6, 2017.
- 7/31/2019In the Summer 2019 edition of Development Incentives Quarterly, read about the provisions that impact state law governing economic development incentives in Ohio's Budget Bill and the changes coming to Ohio's Job Retention Tax Credit.
- 7/3/2018In the Summer 2018 edition of Development Incentives Quarterly, read our Top 10 most interesting facts about the Foxconn deal, read a recap of the Ohio Supreme Court decision on what takes priority – a TIF exemption or another exemption, and seven interesting things to know about the City of Columbus' proposed incentives policy.
- Spring 2018Vorys third annual Economic Development Incentives Conference – hosted in February – welcomed more than 160 guests from several states across the country.
- 3/23/2018In the Spring 2018 edition of Development Incentives Quarterly, read a Q&A with Chris Chung, CEO of North Carolina’s Economic Development Partnership; learn about strategies for successfully obtaining New Market Tax Credit financing; and see a recap of Vorys’ 2018 Economic Development Incentives Conference.
- 11/15/2017In the Fall 2017 edition of Development Incentives Quarterly, read a Q&A with Kenny McDonald, president and chief economic officer of Columbus 2020; learn about how the new effective date for the Ohio historic preservation tax credit certificates could cause a delay in claiming credit; and learn more about what it mean now that Illinois was reinstated and revised the EDGE Tax Credit.
- 8/9/2017In the Summer 2017 edition of Development Incentives Quarterly, learn five more common TIF misconceptions, read about the growing pains municipalities are facing with GASB 77 and find out which Ohio county auditors will complete the required six-year tax appraisal of all properties located in their counties this year.
- 4/10/2017In the Spring 2017 edition of Development Incentives Quarterly, learn five common TIF misconceptions, learn more about the two significant developments related to Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits that happened at the end of 2016 and read a recap of the Vorys Ohio Economic Development Incentives Conference.
- 11/15/2016In the Fall 2016 edition of Development Incentives Quarterly, learn more about Downtown redevelopment districts and about the federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program.
- 8/1/2016In the Summer 2016 edition of Development Incentives Quarterly, read about the long sought-after clarification as to whether Community Reinvestment Act credit is available for Historic Tax Credit financed projects and the proposed regulations regarding so-called “50(d) income” affecting historic tax credit transactions and energy tax credit transactions.