William R. Hilliard, Jr. served as a partner at Gess Mattingly & Atchison from 1979 until 1996, specializing in equine law, real estate law, and corporate law. For the next 18-years he then served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Thomas and King, Inc., a restaurant management company, before rejoining Gess Mattingly & Atchison in an “of counsel” capacity.

Bar Admissions:

  • Commonwealth of Kentucky, 1978


  • University of Louisville School of Law (Louisville, Kentucky)
    J.D., 1978
  • Boston University (Boston, Massachusetts)
    B.S., 1974

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Horse Council, 1980 – Present
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    Sections on Business Law, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law

Professional Highlights & Honors:

  • BV DistinguishedTM peer review rating, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Partner, Gess Mattingly & Atchison, P.S.C., 1979-1996
  • Exec. Vice President & General Counsel, Thomas and King, Inc., 1996-2014
  • CEO, Atalo Holdings, Inc., 2015-present
  • Director, Kentucky Horse Park Foundation