William M Cox Jr
Will graduated from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 1999 and the University of Kentucky in 1991. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
While the firm has a general practice scope, Will has a special interest and extensive experience in the areas of municipal law and management, election law, and government affairs.
Will is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Hopkins County Bar Association, where he has previously served as President, Vice President, and Treasurer, respectively.
Prior to founding the firm, Will worked in government relations and external affairs for a top national cable television operator. His duties included coordinating and negotiating with the company’s local franchising authorities in his geographic area of responsibility. He also directed the company’s highly successful communications effort during the 2011 retransmission consent renewal cycle, including coordinating public polling and market research activities, developing and implementing crisis communication strategies and tactics, and overseeing video ad production efforts with media consultants.
Will served two two-year terms on the Madisonville City Council, being first elected in 2002 and reelected unopposed in 2004. Will was then elected Mayor of Madisonville in November 2006 and served from January 2007 to December 2010. As mayor, Will developed and implemented all executive branch strategic initiatives and oversaw the management of all day‐to‐day operations of city government, consisting of 13 separate departments and approximately 300 total employees.
During his term as mayor, Will directed the City’s response to the devastating Ice Storm of 2009, the worst natural disaster in Kentucky’s history. Through the combined efforts of Will and his dedicated team of city department heads and employees, the City of Madisonville won two national awards for emergency response and communication efforts and was recognized by the Kentucky Public Service Commission as a model for disaster preparation and response. Media outlets ranging from ABC “World News” to the Fox News Channel profiled Will for his innovative leadership and communication efforts during the Ice Storm. Will’s efforts were also profiled by the Michigan Municipal League (http://www.mml.org/resources/publications/mmr/issue/septoct09/facebook.html).
Prior to his city government experience, Will practiced law across Western Kentucky with the firm of Whitfield & Cox, PSC (formerly Whitfield & Calvert, PSC).
He lives on the family farm just outside Madisonville with his wife, Marci, and their two spoiled-rotten dogs: Barney and Sally.
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky (JD) 1999
- Chair, Honor Council
- Representative, Student Bar Association
- Team Member, ATLA Trial Practice Team
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky (BA) 1991
- Kappa Sigma Fraternity
Memberships and Affiliations
- Kentucky Bar Association
- Hopkins County Bar Association – previously served terms as President, Vice President, and Treasurer
- Kentucky Justice Association
Civic & Charitable Organizations
- Delta Leadership Institute – Graduate, Class of 2009
- Leadership Kentucky – Graduate, Class of 2004
- Leadership Madisonville/Hopkins County – Graduate, Class of 1992
- Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence – Member and former Board of Directors
- Friends of Kentucky Educational Television – Board of Directors and past President
- Madisonville Noon Kiwanis Club – Board of Directors and Member