William S. Keown has practiced law in Indiana since January of 1980. His legal career has been predicated on a successful career in state government where he held several executive positions. Bill was legislative assistant to Robert D. Orr while Orr served first as lieutenant governor and later as governor. He also served Orr as chief deputy of the Indiana Department of Commerce and Executive Director of the Health Professions Bureau. At Commerce Bill worked with businesses across the state in locating and expanding in Indiana. He gained an expertise in corporate financing that he carried over to the private sector.
After leaving state government in 1988 Bill joined the Indianapolis law firm of Krieg DeVault LLP. There he organized a governmental affairs practice group and was a member of the business law group. In his four years there Bill continued to work extensively on small business issues including reorganization, financing and real estate. Bill also grew the governmental affairs practice from no clients to seventeen before his departure in 1992.
In March of 1992 Bill and his long-time associate Kelli A. Waggoner formed their own lobbying firm named KWK Management Group. This company has become one of the premier governmental affairs firms in the state representing a variety of clients at the Indiana General Assembly and state administrative agencies. Bill and Kelli’s philosophy is “If you don’t like something about state government, change it.” While Bill continues to serve as a full partner at KWK, he has maintained a vibrant law practice over those seventeen years.
Bill is known as “Mr. SBA” by lenders across the state as he has been involved in SBA business financing through the 7A and 504 programs for over 25 years. Bill has conducted over 1500 loan closings providing small and medium sized businesses capital for buildings, capital equipment, inventory and other needs. Bill also serves as general counsel to several small businesses, and provides general legal advice to meet their varied needs. Bill was excited at the opportunity to partner with his good friend Don Kratz to form Keown & Kratz, LLC in 2008 to provide experienced aid to businesses across the State of Indiana.
Bill Keown received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Anderson University in 1975. He graduated cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law- Indianapolis in 1980. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Association. He has resided in Carmel for over twenty years and is the proud father of three daughters, Summer, Alison and Kelly.