Laura Ross

 
City Manager
Title: City Solicitor
Phone: 502-875-8500
Photo of Laura Ross the City Attorney


Laura Ross joined the City of Frankfort in May 2017, becoming the City’s first full-time – and female – City Solicitor.

Municipal law is Laura’s area of expertise.  Before coming to Frankfort, she had served as Managing Legal Services Counsel for the Kentucky League of Cities since 2008.  In this capacity, she directed KLC’s Member Legal Services and Training Departments, answered legal questions daily from city officials all over the state, authored numerous articles and publications on municipal law, and presented to crowds of 3 to 300 city officers and employees on topics ranging from city financial requirements to the Open Records and Meetings Laws to hot-button constitutional issues. 

Other highlights of her tenure at KLC include initiating, planning and presenting at the popular KLC Blighted, Abandoned and Deteriorated Properties Conference, and her successful track record authoring amicus briefs in landmark municipal law cases before the Kentucky Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Kentucky. 

Prior to KLC, Laura worked as a staff attorney for the Legislative Research Commission here in Frankfort, reviewing and advising legislators, agencies and staff regarding regulatory requirements across a range of areas of law.  Laura graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky in 2000, and is a 2003 graduate of the UK College of Law.  In 2002, she attended and graduated from the Tulane Law School Study Abroad Program in Siena, Italy, where she studied international human rights law under U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  

Throughout her career working with and for city government, Laura has consistently worked to participate in and lead the Kentucky local government law community.  From 2013 to 2015, Laura served as an adjunct professor of Municipal Law for the Masters of Public Administration Program at Eastern Kentucky University.  She has served as Kentucky State Chair for the International Municipal Lawyers Association, past Chair of the Kentucky Bar Association Local Government Law Section, and past officer of the Municipal Attorneys Association of Kentucky.  Laura was also selected as the Kentucky representative for the Emerging Local Government Leaders Nifty Fifty Project, which highlighted emerging leaders in local government from all fifty states.

Born, bred and educated in Kentucky, Laura hails from Logan County, but she and her husband Matt and son Charlie have called Frankfort home since 2014. 

 

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