William Swain

William P. Swain

Of Counsel | Louisville | 502-560-9942 | wswain@ppoalaw.com

Bill joined the law firm of Boehl Stopher Graves & Diendorfer in 1961, remaining there until 1999 when he accepted the invitation to join Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett, PLC as Of Counsel. He maintains primarily an appellate practice, but he also handles probate and trust and estate matters.

Bill is the dean of Kentucky appellate lawyers, having had hundreds of appeals result in published opinions. His briefs, both at BS&G and PPOA, have shaped many, diverse areas of Kentucky law. He recently commemorated his 50th year in the practice of law and was presented with a two volume bound set of his published opinions and a photograph signed by the current members of the Kentucky Supreme Court, along with a letter of commendation from Chief Justice John D. Minton.

Bill was born in Lexington, Kentucky but raised in Danville, Kentucky. He graduated from Centre College in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He obtained his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1961, where he was a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review.

Areas of Concentration

Appellate Practice

Bar Admissions & Organizations

– Kentucky Bar Association
– U.S. Supreme Court
– U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
– U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
– U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
– U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
– American Bar Association
– Louisville Bar Association


– Vanderbilt University, Juris Doctor, 1961
– Centre College, Bachelor of Arts, 1959