FKHF Partners Launches Georgia Office

Led by Georgia Native Jonathan Hightower

[April 23, 2019] Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford, LLP, one of the nation’s premier community bank corporate and regulatory law firms, today announced the launch of its Georgia office, led by Jonathan Hightower. The new office represents the firm’s expansion into the Southeast and complements the firm’s existing offices in Austin, Dallas and Kansas City.

Hightower maintains a practice focused on serving the corporate and regulatory needs of community banks.  In addition to being one of the most prolific bank transactional attorneys in the Southeast, Hightower also assists clients with capital raising, regulatory, and strategic expansion matters.  Hightower’s experience is expected to further bolster the firm’s existing corporate and regulatory practice, which was ranked as the top bank transactional practice in the United States in 2018, measured by the number of whole bank and branch acquisition transactions as reported by S&P Global Market Intelligence.  Joining Hightower in the firm’s Georgia office is Crystal Huffman, an experienced banking attorney with a focus on corporate and regulatory matters affecting community banks in the Southeast.

Chet Fenimore, managing partner of Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford, LLP, commented, “We are extremely excited to expand the firm’s reach to the Southeast.  We have built this firm to serve the corporate and regulatory needs of community banks, and adding Jonathan and Crystal is the perfect way to bring our service model to a very attractive market, as well as further augment our depth of experience in representing community banks.”

Jonathan Hightower said, “I have long said in boardrooms, at conferences, and on podcasts that community bankers can thrive by honoring their clients and colleagues, managing their overhead, and delivering superior service at a fair price.  I am thankful to have an opportunity to deliver that same value proposition to the banks in the Southeast and particularly my home state of Georgia.  The opportunity to continue to work with Crystal and with partners I have known for a long time makes the opportunity all the more exciting.”

The firm’s new office will be based in Newnan, Georgia and will leverage technology to deliver service to banks and trust companies throughout the Southeast and beyond.

About Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford, LLP

Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford, LLP focuses on providing legal services to community banks throughout the United States, advising clients on all facets of banking, M&A, corporate and regulatory legal matters on both a state and federal level.  All of the firm’s partners are alumni of financial institutions practice groups within large international law firms, bringing a wealth of sophisticated experience in representing financial institutions.  Since inception, the firm has been consistently recognized as one of the top bank M&A law firms in the United States as reported by S&P Global Market Intelligence league tables for bank and thrift legal advisors.  For more information, please visit

About Jonathan Hightower

Jonathan Hightower is a 2004 cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served on the Georgia Law Review.  Hightower received a BBA in Finance from the University of West Georgia in 2001, graduating summa cum laude.  He spent the first 15 years of his career in financial institutions practice groups of large international law firms.  Hightower has been recognized for his work by Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America and is a past recipient of Lexology’s Client Choice Award.  He is also a frequent industry commentator and was recognized as a JD Supra Readers’ Choice Award recipient for his commentary on mergers and acquisitions.  He currently serves as General Counsel for the Georgia Bankers Association and resides in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia.

About Crystal Huffman

Crystal Huffman is a 2016 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served on the Georgia Law Review.  Huffman received a BA from California University of Pennsylvania in 2013, graduating summa cum laude.  Her previous experience is with an international law firm focusing on bank corporate and regulatory services.  She resides in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia.