William B. Bardenwerper - Bardenwerper, Talbott & Roberts PLLC
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William B. Bardenwerper

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

     William B. (Bill) Bardenwerper, is listed in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America, with top rankings in Chambers USA and Martindale-Hubbell. Bill received these distinctions from a practice beginning in 1978 as Jefferson County’s Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and  Special Counsel to then County Executive (now U.S. Senate Minority Leader) Mitch McConnell. In 1984, he joined a large "downtown" law firm and in 1987 became managing partner of a firm bearing his name, today Bardenwerper, Talbott & Roberts, PLLC. He has always primarily practiced real estate development law. In 2012, his firm celebrated 25 years at the law office he established in east Louisville.
      Bill is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law where he served as President of the Student Bar Association, as Editor-in-Chief of the Louisville Law Examiner, as Founding Director of the Louisville Law Forum, and as Co-Founder of the Brandeis Honor Society.
     Specifically, as respects Bill's and his firm's principal practice areas today, over the years Bill has served on or as chairman of numerous special committees and task forces dealing with local development processes. During the 10-year process of developing the new Cornerstone 2020 Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Land Development Code, Bill served as Chairman of both the Cornerstone 2020 Marketplace Committee and the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce 2020 Advisory Committee and as a member of the 2020 Policy and Technical Coordinating Committees. Perhaps most significantly, he served as one of two development industry representatives on the special 2020 Drafting Committee charged with producing the new Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code for the new Louisville Metro Government.
     As part of the merger of Louisville and Jefferson County governments, Bill served on the County Attorney’s “Consolidated Local Government Legal Task Force” and as Chairman of its “Land Use Subcommittee”. He also served on the special Transportation Systems Development Fee Ordinance Drafting Committee charged with developing a funding mechanism for the improvement of county roads. And he helped develop the new system for “Recapture” of excess sanitary sewer service costs when developers are charged by MSD with improving a sanitary sewer system for an entire watershed beyond a development’s specific sanitary sewer service needs.
      Bill recently served on newly elected Mayor Greg Fischer’s “Transition Team”, drafted his “SWAT Analysis” for reform of the Department of Planning and Design Services, and served on his Planning and Design Services Audit Committee.
     For 5 years, Bill served on the Executive Committee of the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce (now "Greater Louisville, Inc." or "GLI") with specific responsibility for overseeing its land use, transportation, environmental and governmental affairs programs. For a number of years, Bill also served on the Board of Directors of the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency.
      Bill is active in the Home Builders Association of Louisville, serving on its Land Development Committee, as Chairman of its Land Development Code Review Committee and for many years on its Board of Directors. In 1995 and 2002, he was recognized as the Home Builders “Associate (non-builder) of the Year.” Bill has also served as an adjunct faculty member teaching land use law to Ph.D and Masters Degree students in the Department of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville, has lectured widely on land use and development law issues, and is the general editor of four volumes of law books (Kentucky Methods of Practice) published by the nation’s leading law publisher, West Publishing Company, including a volume (which he authored) on Kentucky land use and zoning law.
     Bill served as Chairman of the Louisville Bar Association’s Real Estate and Zoning Section, as Co-Chair of its “Committee of the Year” CLE Institute, and as Editor-in-Chief and founder of its Louisville Lawyer magazine.
     Until 2003, Bill served for 9 years as Mayor of the suburban Louisville Metro city of Hurstbourne.
      Bill's other professional and community recognitions and involvements, in addition to the above, over the years have included the following: various recognitions for service to the Louisville Bar Association, University of Louisville Law School, and Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce; as President of the Hurstbourne Rotary Club; as founder and Board Member of Kentuckiana Crime Stoppers, Inc.; as Finance Committee Chairman and Board Member of Wesley Community House; as Chairman of the Board of the Louisville Gardens Arena Operating Company; as Consultant to the American Bar Association; and as St. Matthews Little League coach.

University of VirginiaBA 1974University of LouisvilleJ.D. 1977
Home Builders Association of LouisvilleLouisville Bar AssociationLouisville Bar AssociationLouisville Chamber of Commerce (now GLI)City of HurstbourneRotary Club

Client Comments

"Bill Bardenwerper has always been very successful, I think, because he is knowledgeable, forceful but humorous, and is prepared in all he does. I've sat through many meetings with him and marvel at his way of handling and evaluating the topics and solutions. It has been a privilege to work with him on many issues, and he has helped and educated many people in our industry."

"Bill Bardenwerper is the best land use attorney with whom I've ever had the pleasure of working. His understanding of the issues relating to zoning and land use law has helped guide my company and me through the development of more than 2000 acres of commercial business park and multi-family projects throughout the Metro Louisville area. I highly recommend his services."

"We have been using Bill Bardenwerper for zoning work for over 15 years. It is a difficult process in Metro Louisville. It takes experience and a track record to navigate the constant hurtles and road blocks, which Bill has been able to do now for years. It may take a while, but Bill has been able to get each of our projects sucessfully approved. There is no doubt that the challenges of zoning are Bill's passion. "

"Mr. Bardenwerper has assisted First Federal Savings Bank with zoning issues for several years. He has a way of remaining very calm under pressure. In some situations, where there appeared to be overwhelming opposition, Bill was able to defuse volatile personalities and remain focused on the end product; he presented it in a way where all parties realized or understood the overall benefit. We would recommend Mr. Bardenwerper to anyone needing assistance with zoning."

"I would highly recommend Bill Bardenwerper and his firm, Bardenwerper Talbott & Roberts, for their work in Louisville. In my profession, client satisfaction and closings are my metric for success; I know when Bill is involved in the process, both will be achieved. Bill has great knowledge in the zoning process and works extremely hard to achieve the desired results. I would not hesitate to recommend Bill Bardenwerper to anyone needing his assistance."

"Bill is and has been very active in all forms of civic and zoning policies in Louisville."

-Jerry Blacketer
Blacketer Companies

"Bill is considered the best Zoning attorney in the Jefferson County area. He has advised a majority of the banks in the area in documenting development loans and complicated real estate projects."

-Jim Long
Sr. V P
Citizens Union Bank

"Bill is the most knowledgeable zoning/land use attorney in the Louisville area. His understanding of local issues impacting the development community is second to none."

Office Location

Home Builders Association of Louisville Building
1000 North Hurstbourne Parkway, Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40223
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Land Use and Zoning of the Louisville Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Land Use and Zoning Law of the Louisville Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Land Use and Zoning Law of the Louisville Metro Area
William B. Bardenwerper has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!William B. Bardenwerper has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!William B. Bardenwerper has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

Other Information

Gender: Male