Public Protection Cabinet
Public Protection Cabinet appoints new general counsel

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 06, 2010  
Contact Information:  Dick Brown 502-564-5525  

FRANKFORT, Ky. – (May 6, 2010) – Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet (PPC) Secretary Robert D. Vance today announced the appointment of M. Holliday (Hollie) Hopkins as General Counsel. Hopkins will assume the role May 24, 2010, replacing F. Ryan Keith who has served as general counsel since March 2008. Keith has been appointed general counsel for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

“I am very pleased to have Hollie joining our team in the Public Protection Cabinet,” said Secretary Vance. “Her knowledge of state government and excellent research and decision making skills will help lead our Office of Legal Services in its continuing efforts to administer statutes and regulations that impact many industries and consumers across the Commonwealth. I want to also congratulate Ryan Keith and thank him for his excellent service to us over the past two years. His work here has been exemplary, and I know Sec. Janie Miller and the agencies within CHFS will benefit greatly from his legal knowledge and skills.”

Hopkins comes to the PPC from the law firm of Frost Brown Todd LLC, where she played an integral part in matters involving governmental agencies, including several significant constitutional issues. Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, Hopkins served as chief legal counsel to the Finance and Administration Cabinet in 2002 and 2003 and was formerly a partner with the firm of Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs.

"I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the citizens of Kentucky and look forward to working with Secretary Vance in fulfilling the Cabinet's important missions," said Hopkins.

A cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University with an undergraduate degree in economics, Ms. Hopkins received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law where she served as the Notes Editor of the Kentucky Law Journal. She is also a member of the United Way of Kentucky board, where she chairs the public policy committee and is a volunteer tutor in the Every 1 Reads initiative in Louisville.