About Frost Brown Todd LLC

Frost Brown Todd serves Midwestern and southern clients from its offices in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. The firm houses more than 40 practice areas, from traditional departments such as litigation, government relations, and mergers and acquisitions, to more niche specialties, like equine law.


In a 2000 "merger of equals," Louisville-based Brown Todd & Heyburn joined practices with Frost & Jacobs, a Cincinnati-based firm (which had served as a former home for Jerry Springer in his days as a lawyer.) The merger helped FBT become the first Midwest firm to land on the National Law Journal's rankings of the 100 largest law firms. (The firm has called itself a "super-regional" force).

FBT provides legal services for companies doing business internationally through its alliances abroad with Wahlert Rechstanwalte, a German firm, and Hubei Sunshine, a law firm in China's Hubei Province. FBT also represents cities' top institutions from its official headquarters in Louisville and its largest office in Cincinnati.

The firm has a hand in many practices, including corporate, real estate and tax work, but one of its most reputed departments is litigation-the firm has ranked in the top ten litigation firms in Intellectual Property Today. FBT's product liability group has served as national coordinating defense counsel for massive serial product liability litigation on Fen-Phen diet pills, tobacco, breast implants and lead paint.

Masters of Mass Disaster

FBT's litigation department has historically had a rather grisly specialty-defending mass tort litigation stemming from deadly fires. After almost 170 people died in a fire at Beverly Hills Supper Club in 1977, FBT's former incarnation represented six defendants in the class action lawsuits which followed. In 1980, the firm again represented litigation defendants when a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas killed 84, and when a 2003 Rhode Island night club erupted in flames at a White Snake concert FBT lawyers were enlisted as counsel for manufacturers of the insulation foam that had lined the club's walls and ceilings.

Service with a Smile

The firm also has a wide-ranging client list, counseling finance firms, insurance companies, media firms and healthcare providers. Through its intellectual property department, FBT has created licensing agreements for such famed brands as Pokemon, Care Bears, Star Wars and Jurassic Park and acts as counsel to Minor League Baseball. The firm also has an active labor and employment group (with a mantra of "staying union-free") through which it has defended hundreds of clients against discrimination claims before the EEOC and other state agencies. Other clients have included Duke Energy, Ford Motor Company, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Toyota Motor Manufacturing and General Electric. FBT strives to make them a happy bunch-the firm has been recognized for client service.

Jack of All Trades

FBT has not been satisfied staying in the legal arena alone. The firm's lobbying arm, Bates Capitol Group, does lobbying for businesses like UPS and Microsoft and the firm provides investment options through its New Markets Tax Credits and Incentis groups. If you're looking for real estate insurance, FBT can handle that too, through its Multi-State Title Agency.

Train Well, Young Grasshoppers

FBT has also gained attention for a unique apprentice program. In 2009, the firm decided that instead of joining the firm as first-year associates, newcomers to the firm would take less pay and focus on training. First years would also only be expected to bill 1000 hours instead of the previously expected 1800, according to the ABA Journal.

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Frost Brown Todd LLC

3300 Great American Tower
301 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 651-6800


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: John R. Crockett III
  • Total No. Attorneys 2012: 448

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $90,000
    Summer associate: $1,600/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    14 out of 16 (2011)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Advertising Law
    Antitrust Litigation & Counseling
    Bankruptcy & Restructuring
    Business Litigation
    Class Actions
    Construction Law
    Corporate Governance
    Drug & Medical Device Litigation
    Employee Benefits Law
    Energy, Natural Resources & Utilities
    Entertainment Law
    Entrepreneurial Business
    Environmental Law
    Equine Law
    Estates, Trusts & Wills
    Financial Institution Litigation
    Financial Institutions
    Fire & Explosion Litigation
    Franchise & Distribution
    Government Services
    Health Law
    Information Management and Electronic Discovery
    Insurance Regulation
    Intellectual Property Law & Litigation
    Interactive Media & Internet Law
    International Services Group
    Investment Management
    Labor & Employment
    Land Use & Zoning
    Lending & Commercial Services
    Media & First Amendment
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Privacy & Information Securities Law
    Product Liability Litigation
    Public Companies & Securities
    Public Finance & Government
    Real Estate
    Securities & Corporate Disputes
    Shopping Center/Retail Development
    Subprime Lending
    Tax Law
    Tort & Insurance Defense
    Toxic Tort & Chemical Exposure Litigation
    Trucking & Commercial Litigation
    White Collar Crime
    Workers' Compensation

Major Office Locations

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Louisville, KY
  • Lexington, KY
  • Florence, KY
  • Columbus, OH
  • West Chester, OH
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Nashville, TN
  • Charleston, WV
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