Welcome to Fowler Bell PLLC

Formerly, Fowler Measle & Bell PLLC

Fowler Bell’s attorneys are widely respected for their integrity, responsiveness and no-nonsense style. The firm continues to be highly sought after for our ability to handle complicated matters in an efficient, highly competent manner, since 1950. You want us on your side.

William G. Francis

William G. Francis

William G. Francis

William G. Francis is Of Counsel in the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Insurance, Commercial & Business Law and Education Law Groups, with a focus on mediation, insurance defense, insurance coverage, professional liability, personal injury civil litigation and education law.

Mr. Francis has represented clients in Eastern Kentucky for over 40 years and served as Special Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court appointed by Governor Beshear.

In addition, Mr. Francis has received membership into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN). Mr. Francis is a trained mediator and recognized on the Roster of Court-Appointed Mediators of the Kentucky Administrative Office of Courts.

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William G. Francis’s Practice Areas

Mediation

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Litigation

Insurance Defense

Commercial & Business Law

Education Law

 

William G. Francis’s Full Biography

University of Kentucky College of Law

Juris Doctorate, 1973

Eastern Kentucky University

Masters of Public Administration, 1971

University of Kentucky

Bachelor of Arts, 1968

Political Science

Admissions

Supreme Court of the United States

Kentucky Supreme Court

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts

Roster of Approved Mediators, 2004

Professional Associations

American Bar Association, Fellow

Floyd County Bar Association, Kentucky

Commonwealth of Kentucky, Executive Branch Ethics Commission

Vice Chair, 2013 – Present

Member, July 2010 – reappointed July 2014 (4-year term)

Kentucky Bar Association

Board of Governors, 1990-1996

Task Force on Lawyer Discipline, 1990 – 1992

Chairperson of House of Delegates, 1989 – 1990

House of Delegates, 1983 – 1990

Kentucky Bar Foundation

Member, 2006 – 2012

Kentucky Defense Council

Board of Directors, 1998 – 2002

President, 1986 – 1987

Board of Directors, 1980 – 1988

Kentucky Council of School Board Attorneys

Member Board of Directors, 1998 – 2004

President, 2002 – 2003

Honors

The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2015

Martindale-Hubbell®, AV rating

Preeminent

Special Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court, 2012, 2014

Community Involvement

University of Kentucky

Alumni Association Member, 1977 – present

National President, 1984

UK Law School Visiting Committee Member, 2009 – present

Library Associates, 1994 – 2007

Arts and Science Dean’s Advisory Committee, 1996 – present

Arts and Science Dean’s Advisory Committee, Chairperson 2001 – 2006

Big Sandy College Education Foundation, Inc.

Trustee-Incorporator, 1990 – 2007; 2009 – 2014

President, 1992 – 1994

Secretary, 1990 – 1992

Jenney Wiley Theatre

Trustee, 1997 – present

President, 1982 – 1984; 1989 – 1994; 2004 – 2007

Kentucky Humanities Council

Chairperson, 2012 – 2014

Member, 2009 – 2014

Secretary, 2011

Asheville School

Board of Trustees, 2003 – 2014

Vice Chairperson, Board of Trustees, 2013 – 2014

Alumni Association, 2003 – present

Alumni Association, Chair, 2003 – 2006

Board of Advisors, Chair, 2001 – 2003

Board of Visitors, 1996 – 2001

Alice Lloyd College

Member Board of Trustees, 2002 – 2014

Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education, Inc.

Board of Directors, 1992 – 2008

Floyd County Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors, 1993- 1996; 2004 – 2007

Presbyterian Homes & Services of Kentucky, Inc.

Member, 1998 – 2007

United Methodist Church, Prestonsburg, Kentucky

Administrative Board, 1977 – 2006

Chairperson, 1979 -1982; 1986 – 1988

National Association of State Arts Agencies

Member, 1999 – 2002

Southern Arts Federation

Member, 1996 – 2001

Kentucky Arts Council

Member, 1987 – 2000

Chairperson, 1996 – 2000

Vice Chairperson, 1994 – 1996

Friends of Samuel May House, Inc.

Board of Directors, 1994 – 1998

Leadership Kentucky

Board of Directors, 1993 – 1996

Alumni Trustee, 1988

Member of Class of 1987