Former FBT Member Russell Coleman now U.S. Attorney for Kentucky’s Western District

It was perhaps inevitable. Even in 2015, when Frost Brown Todd (FBT) welcomed Russell Coleman into its fold as a member and principal in FBT’s public affairs subsidiary, CivicPoint, there was an air of eventuality about his return to public service. Now, two and a half years into his tenure at FBT, Russell has been called upon by the highest office in the land to serve as U.S. Attorney to the Western District of Kentucky.

“Russell has been a true asset to our firm and clients over the past two and a half years,” says FBT Chairman John R. Crockett, III. “His unique background and experience have served us all and we are honored to have had the opportunity to work with him. We appreciate his strong commitment to public service and wish him the very best as he takes on the role of U.S. Attorney.”

Before FBT, Russell spent five years as senior adviser and legal counsel to Senator Mitch McConnell. He has more than a decade’s experience of working both in federal law enforcement and on Capitol Hill. From 2004-2010, he served as an FBI special agent, investigating a broad portfolio of national security, white collar and violent crime matters. He was temporarily assigned to the National Joint Terrorism Task Force and volunteered for a 2007 assignment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Anbar Province, Iraq.

Russell’s grit and acumen have not gone unnoticed. He has earned numerous awards and recognitions, including 2014 Congressional Staff Member of the Year by the Kentucky Narcotic Officers Association (KNOA), 2014 Legislative Staff Award by the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), and the FBI Combat Theater Award for his temporary duty assignment in Iraq (2010). Russell is a Kentucky native and a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of Kentucky College of Law.

As the new U.S. Attorney for Kentucky’s Western District, Russell joins a long line of former or current FBT attorneys who have been called to serve their community and their country. Though the firm laments their departures, these individuals’ contribution to the public good reflects positively on the firm. Their success is an extension of the firm’s ongoing success, part of its legacy. As such, we celebrate Russell’s appointment. We have absolute faith in his abilities. But, that said, we’ve left the lights on and the door open in the event that, sooner or later, Russell’s ready to return to FBT.

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