Holly Brown Powell ’03 ’07 BE, ’07 LAW
Transactional attorney by day; competes in hunter-jumper events in her spare time
By Christina Noll
Holly Brown Powell ’03 ’07 BE, ’07 LAW knows how to keep a lot of balls in the air. In addition to being a senior associate in a law firm, she rides horses, competing in hunter-jumper events, mainly at American Quarter Horse Association recognized shows.
Powell graduated summa cum laude in 2003 and completed a joint degree from the Gatton College of Business and Economics and the College of Law in 2007, receiving her M.B.A. and graduating in the top 10 percent of her law class. She is a transactional attorney with the Lexington office of Frost Brown Todd LLC, where she practices in the area of general corporate law and assists clients with mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, debt and equity financings, and general business issues. But after a hard day helping clients accomplish their business goals, Powell likes nothing more than to head to the horse barn.
There she finds My White Corvette, nicknamed Sting, 7 years old, and Smarty Brown, nicknamed Smarty, 3 years old, her current show horses she both bred and raised with the help of her family. Powell grew up on a horse farm in Woodford County and has been riding horses as long as she can remember. Her mother, an enquine veterinarian, her father, a horse trainer and owner of an equine exposition center, and her sisters all ride as well, making it a favorite family activity.
But it’s not all fun and games. “My favorite aspect of riding in the past few years has been watching my horses grow and learn and teaching them their jobs,” says Powell. “It’s been a lot of work taking them from foals to show horses, but it gives you a great sense of accomplishment each step along the way when they are able to master something new.”
It’s something she stayed active in, even as a busy undergraduate and law student at the University of Kentucky. Powell says her time at UK was influential in setting her on a path to success, both personally and professionally. “UK’s wide array of programs allowed me to tailor my education to my specific interests and aspirations,” she says.
Specifically, she recalls an accounting professor, Jane Wells, and business law professor, Rutheford “Biff” Campbell, who took particular interest in their students and their futures. “They took great care to present the materials they were teaching to their students in the clearest and most interesting way possible and really made an effort to help their students succeed,” she says.
While a student, Powell was also a member of Chi Omega sorority and served as a Gatton College of Business and Economics ambassador.
Today, she looks forward to continuing her work with her horses and competing at American Quarter Horse Association shows, as well as continuing to assist her clients in accomplishing their business goals. In her free time she enjoys spending time with husband Travis Powell ’06 LAW, ’06 BE and their two Boston terriers, Rowdy and Willis.