Bill Brammell


Bill is a partner in DBL Law’s Louisville office, practicing primarily in the areas of Litigation & Dispute Resolution, including defending employment discrimination claims, administrative law, contract negotiation, and white collar criminal defense. Bill also practices Political Law, including matters involving voting rights, campaign finance, laws governing lobbying activities and lobbyists, election law, ethics, and legislative processes.

Prior to joining DBL Law, Bill clerked for the Honorable Gregory F. Van Tatenhove in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Before clerking, Bill worked and lived in Washington, D.C., where he was a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). During his time as a PMF, Bill worked at the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and at the U.S. Agency for International Development. During his time at USAID, Bill worked in the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity where he managed the agency’s formal EEOC process. He also received training as an EEOC Mediator and Investigator.

Bill holds a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law, a Masters of Science in Democracy and Democratisation from University College London, in England, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Louisville where he was Student Body President.

Outside of the office, Bill is an avid outdoorsman who takes every opportunity he can to get outside with his family, whether it be running, backpacking, hiking or hunting.

Honors & Distinctions
  • Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Criminal Rights Law, Louisville, 2021 Edition
  • Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, Louisville, 2021 Edition
  • Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Louisville, 2021 Edition
  • Fellow, Presidential Management (2010– 2012)
  • Editor-in-Chief of Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture and Natural Resources Law (2010)
  • Woodcock Medal Recipient, Top Graduate in College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville (2006)
  • Student Body President, University of Louisville (2005 – 2006)
Professional Affiliations
  • Panel Attorney, Western District of Kentucky Criminal Justice Act Panel (Aug. 2021 – Present)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Kentucky Bar Association, 4th Supreme Court District Well-Being Committee
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • National Association of Parliamentarians
  • Louisville Society for Human Resource Management (LSHRM)
  • Kentucky SHRM Council
  • DBL Law (2015-Present)
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, EDKY (2013-2015)
  • Presidential Management Fellow, Washington, D.C. (2010-2013) – Including service at the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Woodward, Hobson, and Fulton, LLC (Summer 2009)
  • Department of Public Advocacy, Appellate Branch (Summer 2008)
Community Involvement
  • Member, Home of the Innocents Board of Directors
  • Member, Bluegrass Center for Autism Board of Directors
  • Member, Kentucky Recreational Trails Advisory Board
  • Member, Kentucky Land and Water Conservation Fund Board
  • Member, Home of the Innocents Human Resources Committee
  • Member, Kentucky SHRM State Council
  • President, Lockwood Neighborhood Association (2018 – 2021)
  • Graduate, New Leaders Council-Kentucky (2018)
  • Member, NeXt! Fund for the Arts, Class of 2016 – 17
  • Huber Winery v. Wilcher: “The Commerce Clause, State Regulations and the Free Trade of Wine.” 1 Ky. J. Equine, Agric. & Nat. Resources L. 87 (2008 – 2009)
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
11DBL Attorney Bill Brammell
(502) 630-1302


J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, summa cum laude, 2010
MSc., University College London, Masters of Science in Democracy and Democratisation, 2007
B.A., University of Louisville, Political Science and Philosophy, magna cum laude, 2006

Practice Areas

Employment & Labor
Estate Planning & Probate
Government Advocacy & Economic Development
Health Care
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
White Collar Criminal Defense