Louisville Metro Council
601 W. Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Contact Bill Hollander
Bill Hollander was elected as the 9th District Metro Councilman in November 2014 and took office on January 5, 2015. He was re-elected without opposition in November 2018.
Bill represents a district which runs along the Frankfort Avenue/Shelbyville Road corridor from Butchertown to Hubbards Lane and extends from Bowman Field on the south to the Ohio River on the north. District 9 includes the neighborhoods and cities of Bellewood, Brownsboro Village, Butchertown, Cherokee Gardens, Cherokee Woods, Clifton, Clifton Heights, Crescent Hill, Greenleaves, Irish Hill, Lexington Road Preservation Area, Richlawn, Seneca/Rock Creek and a portion of St. Matthews.
Bill currently serves as the Chair of the Budget Committee. He is also a member of the Council’s Government Oversight, Audit and Ethics Committee and Public Works Committee. In January 2016, Bill was elected to serve as the Majority Leader and President Pro-Tem of the Council. He was re-elected to that position in January 2017 and served until January 2018, when he became Chair of the Budget Committee.
Bill has been the primary sponsor of several major pieces of legislation, including an ordinance which changed Metro's budget process by allowing the Council and the public an extra month to review the Mayor’s proposed budget; a Public Tree Ordinance; a Homeless Protection Ordinance; and Louisville’s first-in-the-nation “One-Touch Make-Ready” ordinance, to streamline the installation of communication services in Louisville’s rights-of-way.
Prior to joining the Council, Bill was an active civic volunteer, serving as Chair of Leadership Louisville, Vice Chair of the Library Foundation, Vice Chair of Maryhurst, on the board of the Fund for the Arts and the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Past President of the Crescent Hill Community Council and the Peterson Dumesnil House Foundation. He was also Treasurer of the Friends of the Crescent Hill Library and led the capital campaign at United Crescent Hill Ministries. His civic involvement has been recognized with Spirit of Louisville and Spirit of Crescent Hill awards.
Bill has twice been a Bingham Fellow. In 1995-1996, he studied Louisville's relationship to the rest of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and worked on a project that led to the revitalization of farmers’ markets in the city. In 2014, he was a Bingham Fellow working on West Louisville issues, with a special focus on improving early childhood education.
Until 2014, Bill was Managing Partner of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, where he practiced intellectual property law for 30 years. The firm was named a “Best Place to Work in Kentucky” in every year of Bill's leadership. Bill has been recognized in Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Copyright Law, Intellectual Property Litigation and Trademark Law and named in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Kentucky Super Lawyers.
A native of Tell City, Indiana and a graduate of Tell City High School, Bill's undergraduate degree is from Harvard College, where he majored in Government. After a seven-year career in radio and television journalism in Owensboro, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana, Bill attended and earned a degree from Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington before moving to Louisville and joining the Wyatt law firm.
Bill and his wife Lisa Keener have been married since 1986. They have one son, Evan, and live on South Peterson Avenue in Crescent Hill.