William M. Lear , Jr. - Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC

William M. Lear , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1989

Bill has been with the firm since 1980 and currently serves as Stoll Keenon Ogden's Managing Director. He is a member of the Business Litigation Practice with a focus on Equine Proceedings, Eminent Domain & Real Estate 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 former 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, Vice Chair of Economic Development for Commerce Lexington, 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 a Board Member for the Speed Art Museum. Married with three children and five grandchildren, Bill enjoys golf, hunting and hiking in his free time.

Davidson CollegeBA 1972University of Kentucky College of LawJ.D. 1975
Keeneland AssociationLexington Strides Ahead FoundationKentucky Chamber of CommerceCommonwealth Seed Capital CorporationGreater Louisville, Inc. Business Leaders for EducationThe Speed Art MuseumDavidson College Board of TrusteesDavidson College Alumni Association

Case History

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, et al v. F.W. Schneider, et al., Ky.App., 849 S.W.2d 557 (1993). — -
Bellefonte Land, Inc. v. Bellefonte, Kentucky, et al., Ky. App., 864 S.W.2d 315 (1993). — -
Home Depot, U.S.A., Inc. v. Saul Subsidiary I Limited Partnership, Ky.App., 159 S.W.3d 339 (2004). — -

Office Location

300 West Vine Street, Suite 2100
Lexington, KY 40507-1801
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Land Use and Zoning Law of the Lexington Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Real Estate of the Lexington Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Land Use and Zoning Law of the Lexington Metro Area
William M. Lear, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!William M. Lear, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!William M. Lear, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law (Government Relations, Land Use, Litigation, Municipal, Zoning)
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Litigation - Real Estate

Other Information

Gender: Male