Chet A. Fenimore

  • 812 San Antonio Street, Suite 600
  • Austin, Texas 78701
  • Direct: (512) 583-5901
  • Fax: (512) 583-5940


Chet A. Fenimore

Managing Partner

Mr. Fenimore is the co-founder and managing partner of one of the premiere community banking specialty law firms in the United States, Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford, LLP. He brings more than 30 years of experience as a legal advisor to financial institutions and as a former federal and state banking regulator. Mr. Fenimore represents banks, thrifts and other financial institutions, as well as their investors, directors and executive officers in a full range of corporate, transactional, securities and regulatory matters confronting the financial services industry. His extensive experience in the fields of bank mergers and acquisitions, bank regulatory matters, securities law and corporate governance provides a solid foundation for his representation of financial institutions in a broad variety of transactions. Prior to founding his own law firm, Mr. Fenimore was the Managing Partner of the Austin office of a large international law firm.

Relevant Experience

  • Served as counsel to public and private banks and bank holding companies in numerous bank merger, acquisition and reorganization transactions.
  • Served as counsel to issuers and underwriters on numerous public and private offerings of equity and debt securities.
  • Served as counsel to organizers and founders in numerous de novo bank formations.
  • Served as counsel to issuers in numerous trust preferred securities transactions.
  • Served as counsel on numerous bank Subchapter S conversions.


  • Bank examiner, Oklahoma Banking Department and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.


  • Member, Texas State Bar Association
  • Member, Oklahoma State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Travis County Bar Association
  • Member, Financial Institutions Legal Counsel Network
  • Member, Texas Bankers Association
  • Member, Texas Independent Bankers Association
  • Member, Oklahoma Bankers Association
  • Member, Community Bankers Association of Oklahoma
  • Member, Louisiana Bankers Association
  • Member, OSU Alumni Association Leadership Council


  • Co-Author – SNL Bank Founder’s Guidebook
  • Author, numerous articles and made presentations to various banking groups on topics of interest to financial institutions.


  • J.D., University of Oklahoma, with honors, 1993
  • B.A., Oklahoma State University, 1985