2020 Vault Rankings
About Frost Brown Todd LLC
With its headquarters in Ohio, Frost Brown Todd serves clients from 13 offices across the U.S. Among its practice strengths are bankruptcy, corporate, environmental law, labor and employment, litigation, and real estate. The firm’s comprehensive list of practice areas extends into some unique niches like equine law, union avoidance, and social media.
In a 2000 "merger of equals,” Louisville-based Brown Todd & Heyburn joined practices with Frost & Jacobs, a Cincinnati-based firm (where, fun fact, Jerry Springer spent some time practicing law in his pre-talk show days). The merger helped FBT become the first Midwest firm to land on the National Law Journal's rankings of the 100 largest law firms. In 2009, the firm underwent another merger with Indianapolis-based firm Locke Reynolds, allowing FBT to remain one of the largest Midwest and southern-based law firms.
FBT has a wide-ranging client list that includes finance firms, insurance companies, media firms, and health care providers. Big-name clients have included Duke Energy, Ford Motor Company, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, and General Electric. Through its intellectual property department, FBT has created licensing agreements for such famed franchises as Pokémon, Care Bears, Star Wars, and Jurassic Park and has acted as counsel to Minor League Baseball.
FBT’s Litigation department is frequently recognized as one of the firm’s top practices. The 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. It also has a unique expertise in fire and explosion cases, as FBT has defended numerous companies in cases of catastrophic loss. The firm also sees ample labor and employment cases and has defended hundreds of clients against discrimination claims before the EEOC and state agencies.
FBT also offers an extensive international practice. The firm maintains relationships with more than 70 law firms around the world, so it can guide both U.S. clients operating abroad and foreign clients looking to expand into the U.S. The firm advises these clients in cross-border matters like M&A, employment, import and export trade regulation, international dispute resolution, privacy and data security, and IP issues. FBT also staffs a number of international “desks” that provide specialized guidance for issues specific to China, Germany, India, Japan, Latin American, and the Middle East and North Africa.
Gold Star for Training
FBT takes training seriously and employs unique methods to set up its newest attorneys for success. The firm offers first-year associates a reduced billable-hours requirement of just 1,200 hours, which yields more time for training—800 hours, to be exact. First-year training includes one-on-one partnership with a “knowledge coach,” a mini-MBA program, and the opportunity for placement with a client or nonprofit organization. FBT also doesn’t leave its lateral hires in the dark—the firm provides special training for lateral associates through its “Fundamentals” curriculum and competency-based training programs.
3300 Great American Tower
301 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 651-6800
CEO: Adam P. Hall
Chairman: Robert V. Sartin
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
500 - 750
Director of Recruiting and Legal Personnel
Cincinnati, OH (HQ)
West Chester, OH