Bill has been with the firm since 1980. He served as Stoll Keenon Ogden's Managing Director for 22 years and Chairman of the Board for an additional four years. He is currently Chairman Emeritus. Bill is a member of the Business Litigation practice with a focus on Equine Litigation, Eminent Domain & Real Estate Litigation and Trust & Estate Litigation. Bill is also a member of the Real Estate and Government Relations practices. His practice concentrates on real estate litigation, planning and zoning, government relations and thoroughbred racing regulations.
Bill is AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and is honored as a Kentucky Super Lawyer for his many legal accomplishments. A State Representative in the Kentucky General Assembly from 1985 to 1994, he gained considerable experience in economic development and was recognized by the governor with the inaugural Economic Development Leadership Award.
Bill is a member of the Fayette County, Kentucky and American Bar associations. He gives back to the community by serving as a Trustee for the Keeneland Association, a board member for the Lexington Strides Ahead Foundation, Board of Managers for the Commonwealth Seed Capital Corporation, vice chair for the Greater Louisville Business Leaders for Education and as vice chair of Public Affairs for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Bill is married with three children and five grandchildren. He enjoys golf, hunting and hiking in his free time.
Home Depot, U.S.A., Inc. v. Saul Subsidiary I Limited Partnership, Ky. App., 159 S.W.3d 339 (2005)
Represented owner of Lexington Mall and obtained injunction requiring Home Depot to remove its store and restore the Mall structure because Home Depot violated restrictive covenants; case settled.
SKO obtained a zone change and all related development plan approvals for a national Retail Outfitter and Mixed-Use Development in Lexington.
SKO obtained a summary judgment at Fayette Circuit Court for a zone change appeal filed by protesting neighbors to a zone change and new development.
SKO represented clients in the acquisition, zone change, development plan approvals, and all related permitting for a 50-acre Mixed-Use Development including retail, office space, and multi-family residential uses.
After a 2 ½ week trial in the Bourbon Circuit Court in 2013, obtained a favorable jury verdict setting aside an estate plan on the basis of undue influence and unsound mind and awarding damages exceeding $550,000 for misappropriation of Trust funds.
Represented numerous individual, agricultural, commercial and industrial landowners in negotiations and litigation against the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Department of Highways, in connection with acquisitions of right-of-way for road projects and other assorted road and highway issues.
Worked on efforts to protect the largest residential real estate development in Louisville, Kentucky from intrusion by nearby competition and the local sewer district involving wetland, sewer, drainage, zoning and apartment development issues.