W. Waverley Townes has been in the private practice of law for over forty-five years. Prior to that he graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and the University of Kentucky School of Law and then was a law clerk for what was then Kentucky’s Supreme Court. Subsequently he was the head of the Civil Division as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. Initially “Wave” had a general practice, but his practice has evolved primarily into a more specialized field of adoptions and assisted reproduction law. He has practiced before the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; the United States District Courts for both the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky as well as many Circuit Courts throughout Kentucky. He has had an AV rating for more than 30 years with Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and ethical standards as judged by his peers. He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Louisville Bar Association and is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys.