About Bill Hollander
Louisville Metro Council
601 W. Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
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Bill Hollander was elected 9th District Metro Councilman in November 2014 and took office on January 5, 2015. He was reelected without opposition in November 2018.
Bill is serving as Chair of the Metro Council Budget Committee for the fifth consecutive year. He is also a member of the Council’s Planning & Zoning 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 reelected to that position in January 2017 and served until January 2018, when he did not seek reelection and became Chair of the Budget Committee.
Bill has been a primary sponsor of legislation:
- Changing Metro’s budget process by allowing the Council and the public an additional month to review and amend the Mayor’s proposed budget.
- Providing a robust, independent civilian oversight system for the Louisville Metro Police Department, including an Office of Inspector General and Civilian Review and Accountability Board.
- Increasing Louisville’s tree canopy, helping to reduce its urban heat island, through two ordinances, a Public Tree Ordinance, and a revision to the Land Development Code.
- Amending Louisville’s Fair Housing Law to ban discrimination based on source of income, and adding various additional protected classes, including individuals who have experienced homelessness, veterans and those with arrest and some conviction history.
- Protecting Louisvillians without housing by banning camp clearings without notice and an opportunity to receive services.
- Strengthening Louisville’s ethics ordinances through registration, regulation and transparency of lobbying and by increasing financial disclosures required of Metro Officers.
- Banning the discredited and dangerous practice of “conversion therapy”.
- Providing for a safety zone at health care facilities, including EMW Women’s Surgical Center, to allow safe access for patients.
From the time he joined the Council, Bill has been an affordable housing advocate. Less than two months after taking office, Bill wrote an opinion piece for the Courier-Journal, calling for full funding of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. https://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/02/23/affordable-housing-trust-needs-dedicated-funding-source/23888613/. From 2015-2018, he served as the Council’s designee on the Board of Directors of the fund, which was formed in 2008 but received local funds for housing for the first time in 2016, part of the $116 Million Metro Council has appropriated for affordable housing since Bill joined the Council.
Prior to joining Metro 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 boards 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.
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, Bill was a Bingham Fellow working on efforts to increase equity and prosperity in west Louisville neighborhoods, focusing on early childhood education, employment and the built environment. Also in 2014, Bill was among 100 Louisville residents in the Healing Possible Quorum, meeting monthly to develop sustainable, actionable policies to reduce structural and institutional racism and to help create a city where all of us have the chance to live a long, healthy life regardless of income, education, or racial/ethnic background. The group created a proposal for a Racial Equity Through Policy & Assessment Initiative, which is serving as a reference in current racial equity work in Louisville Metro Government.
Until 2014, Bill was Managing Partner of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, where he also practiced intellectual property before retiring from the firm. Wyatt was named a “Best Place to Work in Kentucky” in every year of Bill's leadership. Bill has been recognized in Woodward/White’s 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.