William S. Wetterer
Mr. Wetterer was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. His father, William S. Wetterer Jr., practiced law for over fifty years until his death in 1999. Bill attended St. Xavier High School graduating in 1976. He attended college at the University of Notre Dame graduating with a degree in economics in 1980, with honors.
Bill attended the University of Kentucky College of Law. He was Articles Editor of the Kentucky Law Journal. While in law school he clerked for the law firms of Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald in Louisville, Kentucky and Frost and Jacobs (now Frost Brown Todd) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bill started his legal career as an Associate at Stites & Harbison in the Louisville, Kentucky office practicing in the Litigation Section of the firm. In 1986, Bill was one of the founding partners in the law firm of Mulloy, Walz, Wetterer, Fore & Schwartz and relocated his office to the First Trust Centre in downtown Louisville. His practice included litigation, real estate, small business matters and the general practice of law.
In 1989, Bill joined another partner in the firm, Greg Clare, to establish the law firm of Wetterer & Clare. He continues to practice as a partner in that firm today working in the areas of real estate law, litigation, insurance defense, estate planning, bankruptcy, mediation, small business matters and the general practice of law. Bill has extensive experience as a mediator having overseen in excess of a hundred mediations. Bill is the former Chairman of the Louisville Bar Association Real Estate Section and serves as a mediator for the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors. Representative clients include First American Title Insurance Company, Old National Bank, Regions Bank, U.S. Bank, Bank of America, Kentucky TELCO Federal Credit Union, Harshaw Trane Company, Associated Insurance Services, Inc., Riverside Parking, Inc. as well as numerous national and local banks, corporations and individuals.
Bill is an owner of Kentucky Title Services, Inc. a title company operating in Kentucky and Indiana with offices in Louisville and Radcliff, Kentucky.
Bill has extensive business interests in Louisville and is an owner of Clare & Wetterer Properties, LLC as well as D.A. Properties, LLC both companies holding multifamily residential rental properties. He is also a shareholder/owner of Exchange Corporation, a Kentucky company specializing in acting as a qualified intermediary under the U.S. Tax Code.
Bill is married to attorney Carolyn Wetterer and has two daughters.
J. Gregory Clare
J. Gregory Clare was born in Louisville Kentucky: he grew up in Louisville and attended College in Ohio at the University of Dayton, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1980 with a double major in Accounting and Finance.
He returned to Kentucky and obtained a Law Degree from the University of Louisville.
In 1980 he began his legal career while attending Law School, interning for the firm of Mosley Clare Hubbard and Townes, a firm founded by his mentor and cousin Dennis Michael Clare. He joined this firm as an associate in 1984 upon graduation from Law School.
In 1990 Mr. Clare and Mr. Wetterer founded the firm of Wetterer and Clare and began building a practice in the area of real estate law. In 1995 Mr. Clare and Mr. Wetterer formed Clare and Wetterer Properties LLC, a Kentucky Limited Liability Company to hold their jointly owned real estate investments. In addition to his practice of law Mr. Clare is also a Director of Billou Corporation, Gardiner Lane Development Corporation and Number Fourteen Corporation, which all own and manage real estate. Mr. Clare also owns Greg Clare Properties LLC a Kentucky Limited Liability Company and is an owner and the President of Kentucky Title Services Inc.
Since 1980, during his internship with the firm of Mosley, Clare, Hubbard, and Townes, Mr. Clare has worked in the area of Immigration law. During his legal career, Immigration Law has always been a significant area of his practice. Mr. Clare has argued immigration matters before the United States District Court and the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Clare has been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” since 1996 in recognition of the success he has achieved with his practice in the area of immigration law. Mr. Clare has also been listed as one of the 200 best lawyers in Louisville.
In the area of immigration law, Mr. Clare has represented clients in matters before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Immigration Judge (removal and deportation), and the Board of Immigration Appeals.
His immigration practice is dedicated to working with physicians, researchers, scientists, and other professionals in their immigration matters. His area of practice includes business, professional and investor categories such as E-1, E-2, H-1B, H-3, and L-1 cases, permanent residence based upon employment, including Labor Certification cases and preference categories, adjustment of status and consular processing cases.
- University of Dayton Class of 1980 – B.S. in Accounting and Finance
- University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
- 1996 to Present to the Best Lawyers in America
- Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations
Shane L. Parker
Shane Parker was born in Corvallis, Oregon where he lived on tree farm until finishing high school. After graduating, he lived in Spain for two years where he learned Spanish. After completing a year of college in Idaho, he moved to Kentucky attending Georgetown College just north of Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated in 2003 with a degree in International Business.
In 2004 he began Law School at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law graduating and passing the Kentucky Bar exam in 2007. At that time, he joined J. Gregory Clare in his immigration law practice.
Today, he practices exclusively in immigration law, representing engineers, researchers, entrepreneurs, doctors, professors, post-docs, and professionals from all over the world working for top universities, colleges and businesses throughout the United States.
His clients are among the leaders in heart transplants and artificial support devices, civil and environmental engineering, 3D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and computer programing.
He has worked with clients at leading government research institutions such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Institutes of Health, Brookhaven National Laboratory and top research institutions such as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of Louisville, University of Chicago and many others to successful obtain permanent residence based on their accomplishments.
Mr. Parker has an exceptional track record of successfully filing all types of employment-based permanent residence petitions including National Interest Waivers, Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researcher/Professor, Special Handling Labor Certifications and Labor Certifications as well as nonimmigrant employment visas for established and start-up companies hiring professional employees, such as H-1B’s, L-1’s, and E visas.
Mr. Parker is also experienced in all types of family-based immigration petitions and asylum applications for political prisoners or victims of abuse and conflict where his work has been featured in several news publications and on national cable TV.
Mr. Parker regularly organizes immigration seminars for students, faculty and international student advisors at colleges and universities throughout Kentucky. In law school, Mr. Parker was a published member of the Brandeis Law Journal. He has three wonderful daughters.
- Immigration and Nationality Law
- University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, 2007 – Juris Doctor
- Georgetown College, 2003 – B.A. in Culture, Language and Commerce, Magna Cum Laude
Shane L. Parker, Note, The Debate Over Kentucky’s Tax Incentives: Do they have a future in the Commonwealth if State Courts follow the Coercive Pre-Existing Tax Laibility Test?, 45 Brandeis L.J. 809 (2007).
- Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- 2007 – Kentucky Bar
- 2007 – U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
Michael B. Marks
Michael Marks joined Wetterer & Clare after graduating from the Universitiy of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 2013. Michael focuses his practice primarily on bankruptcy law and real estate law. He also does work in the areas of landlord/tenant and estate planning and administration. Michael is a skilled and intelligent lawyer who uses his knowledge of the law to help his clients achieve successful outcomes.
Michael was born and raised in Utah and attended Utah State University, graduating with Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Economics. He is married to Krystal Marks and has three daughters and a son.
- University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law 2013 – Juris Doctor
- Utah State University, 2010 – B.S. in Finance, 2010 – B.S. in Economics
- Kentucky Bar Association
- Louisville Bar Association
- 2013 – Kentucky Bar
- 2013 – U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
- 2014 – U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
- 2015 – U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
Kelly M. Krause
Kelly Krause has over 20 years of experience in immigration law and has assisted hundreds of clients in obtaining non-immigrant and immigrant visas.
She is experienced in Employment-based nonimmigrant visas including H-1B, E-3, L-1A, L-1B, and TN; J-1 Visa Waiver Applications for Foreign Medical Graduates through the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, and Departments of Public Health in other states; Employment-based Permanent Residence including Labor Certifications; Physician National Interest Waivers; Family-based Permanent Residence; Naturalization; and Consular processing.
Mrs. Krause attended Norfolk State University and the University of Louisville and speaks Spanish.
Shelly R. Black
Shelly graduated from Sullivan University with a degree in Paralegal Studies in 1993. She began her career as a Real Estate Paralegal at Wetterer & Clare in 1998.
Shelly has more than 22 years of experience in Residential and Commercial Real Estate Closings. She provides seamless coordination between lenders, real estate counsel, real estate agents, builders, buyers and sellers in an assortment of transactions related to residential and commercial real estate in Kentucky.
For the past two decades Shelly has continued to be the point person for the firm’s real estate software, it’s purchase, updates, implementation, and troubleshooting. She oversees the reconciliation and maintenance of our escrow accounts and auditing.
She also assists with the organization of the firm’s workflow systems and management of personnel. In addition to her daily duties and residential closings, for the past 15 years, she has played a key role in many intricate, multipart commercial transactions.
Her organizational skills, proficiency and deep knowledge base of title matters enable her to excel in the management of multi-parcel, commercial transactions and complicated lender requirements.
She is well versed in complex title issues, including survey concerns, liens, defects within the chain of title, or within the manner in which title to the real estate is held. She leverages stressful situations with professionalism while keeping the clients and customers informed and happy. She is vital to the firm’s success.
Member: Kentucky Paralegal Association, Louisville Association of Paralegals, American Land Title Association (ALTA), First American Title Insurance Company.
Darnell Calhoun has a wide range of experience in office administration and has worked for companies located in the Southern California area and Louisville, Kentucky.
She spent 18 years employed by The Boeing Company in Long Beach, California (Information Systems and Engineering Department), before moving back home to Kentucky.