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Frost Brown Todd is proud of its heritage. For nearly 100 years, Frost Brown Todd and its legacy firms have provided the highest standards of service and knowledge of the law to its clients. Click on the items below to learn about some of Frost Brown Todd’s landmark events.
Theodore L. Locke went to Indianapolis and associated with an established solo practitioner, Charles Dryer
Cincinnati's Frost & Jacobs was founded in 1919 by Henry G. Frost and Carl M. Jacobs
Hugh Reynolds was made full partner, and Slaymaker, Merrell & Locke became known as Slaymaker, Merrell, Locke & Reynolds (Locke Reynolds is one of Frost Brown Todd's legacy firms)
The legacy firm became known as Locke Reynolds Boyd & Weisell
Marshall, Cochran, Heyburn & Wells; Brown, Eldred & Bonnie; Brown, Ardery, Todd & Dudley consolidate their partnership in Louisville, Kentucky. The firm name becomes Brown, Todd & Heyburn (also a Frost Brown Todd legacy firm).
On May 28, 1977, a fire broke out at the Beverly Hills Supper Club. Because of inadequate exits, patrons were unable to evacuate and 167 people were killed. The club was without adequate insurance and unable to compensate the victims. Multiple class action lawsuits were filed. Frost Brown Todd represented six (6) defendants through three trials. Mass Tort litigation—as it is known today—was born from this case.
Frost & Jacobs merged with Kyte, Wulsin & Vogeler
Frost & Jacobs merged with IP firm, Melville, Strasser, Foster & Hoffman
This hotel fire resulted in 84 deaths and numerous personal injuries. Following in the footsteps of the Beverly Hills Fire Litigation, well-known plaintiffs’ counsel, including Stanley Chesley, and Wendell Gauthier, sued more than 50 defendants with diverse product liability and other claims. Frost Brown Todd successfully defended B.F. Goodrich, Conoco, and Pantsaote, Inc., against claims that the off-gasses of PVC vinyl-coated materials were toxic and unreasonably dangerous.
Brown, Todd & Heyburn expanded to Lexington
Brown, Todd & Heyburn merged with Park & Sullivan. Firm name continued on as Brown, Todd & Heyburn
Hugh E. Reynolds, Jr. provided testimony regarding Product Liability Reform before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
Frost & Jacobs Expands to Columbus
Hotel fire killed 95 guests and injured more than 1,400 hotel patrons. Resulting litigation involved class action suits filed in several states. More than 100 defendants were sued. This litigation was described at the time as the largest ever, single incident mass tort case in history.
Served as Indiana counsel for General Motors (GM) in the ground-breaking litigation against NBC arising out of the Dateline program that misrepresented the effect of high-speed crashes on GM pickup trucks
The Honorable John G. Heyburn II appointed as United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky.
After the 1995 bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Johnnie Cochran filed a class action lawsuit seeking incalculable damages from the company that allegedly made the fertilizer. Breaking new ground, we developed a successful defense strategy for this multinational client. Within two years, the case was dismissed and the dismissal was affirmed on appeal.
Warner-Jenkinson Company, Inc. v. Hilton Davis Chemical Co., 520 U.S. 17 (1997), was a United States Supreme Court decision in the area of patent law, affirming the continued vitality of the doctrine of equivalents while making some important refinements to the doctrine. FBT attorney, David Schmit, was the lead trail counsel for Hilton Davis and argued the case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Brown, Todd & Heyburn expanded to Nashville
The firm changed its name from Locke Reynolds Boyd & Weisell to Locke Reynolds
Julia Blackwell Gelinas was named Managing Partner of Locke Reynolds. She served as chair of the management committee of the former Locke Reynolds law firm from 2000 to 2005, one of very few women to hold that title in Indianapolis.
Brown, Todd & Heyburn merged with Ohio-counterpart, Frost & Jacobs to form Frost Brown Todd
Diversity and Inclusion Committee formed
Women’s Initiative began
The fire was caused by pyrotechnics which ignited flammable sound insulation foam in the walls and ceilings surrounding the stage. Within five minutes, fire had consumed much of the club, ultimately claiming 100 lives and injuring scores of other club patrons.
We represented the alleged foam manufacturers, and filed motion for summary judgment on their behalf. The litigation is ongoing.
In an unprecedented lawsuit believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, FBT’s clients alleged the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association had withheld over $100 million due and owing to its members. After nearly five years of hard-fought litigation involving novel theories of recovery and very little, if any, legal precedent, FBT lawyers obtained a gross judgment in excess of $128 million.
Informal Mentor Lunch Program began – where two seasoned attorneys are matched up with two associates every other month (pairings are done randomly)
Lunch and Learn training programs began
Mentor of the Year Award began
National Foundation of Judicial Excellence supports a strong, independent, responsive judiciary by providing officers of the courts with educational programs and other tools that enable them to perform at their highest level. Lloyd Milliken served as President of the organization from 2004-2006.
Frost Brown Todd Helps Injured Troops Wish Loved Ones A Happy New Year by purchasing thousands of pre-paid phone card minutes
FBT made significant financial commitments to Tsunami relief efforts and provided free legal advice to community members who donated to foreign charities for the first time
FBT Member raised $50,012 in Janus Charity Triathlon Challenge to support the Family & Children’s Counseling Centers of Kentucky
Frost Brown Todd Donates money to the American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast Region
Supreme Court Grants Certiorari – FBT filed the amicus curiae (friend of the court) on behalf of several area chambers of commerce
Frost Brown Todd and Wahlert Rechtsanwalte form U.S. – German Alliance
Frost Brown Todd Establishes Pro Bono Team
Director of Diversity appointed; role was expanded from 600 to 1200 hours/year in October of 2008
Career Development Coach Hired
FBT Announces Opening of Florence Office
FBT Announces Opening of Charleston Office
First Class Program, a summer associate program, where a first-year law student spends six weeks at FBT and six weeks at one of our client’s facilities during the summer
Sustainability Committee Formed
FBT Named to BTI Top 50 Law Firms List
FBT forms Electronic Data Discovery Group
FBT Announces Opening of West Chester Office
FBT Merges with Locke Reynolds
FBT Named a Top Fifty Law Firm for Women
FBT transitions Co-Managing member leadership structure to a Chairman and Managing Member model.
Automotive Task Force Formed
FBT adopts the practice group management structure
Frost Brown Todd launches an attorney apprenticeship program placing first-year FBT attorneys in the offices of our clients. Click here for more information.
FBT Moves to BTI’s Top 30 in the Nation in Client Service
FBT Adopts New Strategic Plan
FBT Establishes Diversity Scholarship Fund
Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III elected President – Elect of the American Bar Association
Professional Development Director Hired
On November 1, 2010, FBT's Charleston office moved to the Laidley Tower to allow for additional attorneys to join the group, which is a part of the firm's overrall strategic plan.
Project Management Professional Hired
Frost Brown Todd has been ranked 12th in the nation for superior client service and was again included in the Client Service 30 in the annual BTI Consulting Group Client Service A-Team Report, an annual survey ranking the top performing law firms in client service.
FBT Named Best Places to Work in Louisville
The Honorable Beth Buchanan appointed as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Ohio
Frost Brown Todd has been awarded the 2011 Award for Community Service. Presented by Medical Mutual and sponsored by CVS/Caremark, Duke Energy Center and Smart Business Magazine.
Frost Brown Todd receives the 2011 Inaugural Award for Women Empowerment by The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF)
Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III Named President of the American Bar Association
Frost Brown Todd's Cincinnati office relocates to 3300 Great American Tower at Queen City Square.
Frost Brown Todd's Nasvhille office relocates to The Pinnacle at Symphony Place. The new office has the capacity to hold about 80 attorneys.
MGLAW's seven attorneys and staff join Frost Brown Todd's Nashville office in the new space, and assume the name Frost Brown Todd. The resulting merger increases the size of the Nashville office to 23 lawyers.
Frost Brown Todd receives the 2012 Award for Women Empowerment by The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). Each year it gives law firms a ‘Gold Standard’ award for giving women positions of leadership.
The Law & Leadership Institute, a pipeline program for 9-12th graders, has recognized FBT as its Exemplary Law Firm Supporter for 2012. The firm has been involved in the program since it launched in Ohio several years ago. Dan Choi has taken a leadership role in mentoring our interns we host every summer, as well as planning a field trip for the students. In addition, several of our attorneys judged the interns this spring at a Mock Trial Competition.
Frost Brown Todd has once again been named to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms list. In the third edition of the list, the firm has received impressive rankings in both national and local tiers with first-tier rankings across 46 of their practices. In particular, the Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions- Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants practices were recognized in the national first-tier rankings. Frost Brown Todd is also among the top 20 firms with the most first-tier metropolitan rankings in the U.S. and received the most first-tier rankings in both Cincinnati and Kentucky.
The mission of “Best Law Firms” is to help guide referring lawyers and clients – from the country’s largest companies requiring corporate legal advice to individuals seeking counsel regarding personal legal issues. The rankings showcase more than 10,000 law firms ranked nationally or by metropolitan region. Firms were ranked nationally in one or more of 80 legal practice areas and by metro or state in 118 practice areas.
The national first-tier rankings will be featured in U.S. News & World Report’s Money issue, on newsstands November 20, 2012. The national and metropolitan first-tier rankings are featured in the “Best Law Firms” standalone publication, which is being distributed to more than 30,000 general counsel and in digital format to more than 60,000 private practice lawyers worldwide.
To view all of Frost Brown Todd’s rankings, please visit www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms.
Frost Brown Todd is pleased to announce that Adam P. Hall, Litigation Department Chair, has been named a 2013 BTI Client Service All-Star. Mr. Hall has been honored with this distinction for four consecutive years, and he is one of only 41 attorneys in 2013 listed as receiving this recognition for two or more consecutive years. The survey recognizes a select group of attorneys who demonstrate exceptional legal skills and client focus; deliver outstanding, high-quality service and share in a commitment to achieving their clients' business and legal objectives.
Inclusion in the exclusive BTI Client Service All-Stars report is driven solely by direct feedback from corporate counsel. The only way to be included in The BTI Client Service All-Stars is through an unprompted, unequivocal recommendation from corporate counsel. This means that corporate counsel are impressed by The BTI Client Service All-Stars’ keen understanding of business issues, thought-leading approaches to legal services and total commitment to client needs.
Mr. Hall has represented a variety of clients in the manufacturing, construction, financial, insurance, and professional services industries in both state and federal trial and appellate courts as well as in numerous alternative dispute resolution procedures. He also has extensive experience defending class action litigation, and has defended companies that have experienced serious industrial accidents in the workplace against both negligence and intentional tort claims. Mr. Hall is the Frost Brown Todd client service team leader for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company, and he has experience in coordinating legal services in the firm's many practice areas to ensure client satisfaction. He has also been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America® and Ohio Super Lawyers® since 2005.
The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) President, Judge Patrick F. Fischer, will be honoring Frost Brown Todd attorneys, Edmund J. Adams and James R. Adams on March 27 at the OSBA’s annual luncheon taking place at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. The two FBT veterans are being recognized for their 50 years in practice.
Edmund Adams was the managing partner of the firm and chair of the firm's Bankruptcy Group. He was lead counsel for the firm in the Federated Department Stores and Eagle Picher Industries chapter 11 cases, as well as numerous bankruptcy cases thereafter. In 2000 he was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. In recent years he has lectured on bankruptcy reorganizations in Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Latvia, and in early March served on the faculty of the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria.
As a retired counsel, Jim Adams is still closely connected with the firm. His areas of practice focused in a wide variety of complex civil business and commercial litigation. In his long-standing career, he has been involved in a number of high profile cases including class actions relating to the collapse of Home State Savings, defense of Cardinal Bernadin, Beverly Hills Fire, Chem-Dyne Clean-up, Fernald, Cincinnati Reds – Coliseum case, Gibson Greetings and F&C International. He speaks regularly on professionalism, ethics and mental health/substance abuse issues and is presently a volunteer at Christ and St. Elizabeth hospitals in their psychic wards. Adams is also heavily involved in the community, volunteering at several organizations and serving as Trustee for Cincinnati Works, Kenton County Public Library Foundation, among others.
In addition to their recognition, the President will speak to area attorneys about current issues facing the legal profession. The Cincinnati Bar Association President, Anthony E. Reiss, will also be in attendance and delivering the welcoming remarks.
About the OSBA
The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.
Frost Brown Todd Member and Founder of the firm’s Women’s Initiative, Beth Schneider Naylor, is the winner of the 2013 “Ohio Glass Ceiling Award.” This award is given by the National Diversity Council for outstanding leadership of women who have not only achieved personal and professional success, but are making it possible for others to follow in their footsteps. Naylor will receive the award at the 2013 Ohio Women’s Conference luncheon on Thursday, May 30 at noon. The luncheon will be held at the University of Cincinnati Tangeman University Center.
Naylor has vice-chaired Frost Brown Todd’s products liability practice group, founded and chaired the FBT Women’s Initiative and served on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In 2011, she was named as FBT “Mentor of the Year.”
About National Diversity Council
The National Diversity Council is the first non-profit organization to bring together the private, public and non-profit sectors to discuss the many dimensions and benefits of a multicultural environment. The vision of the NDC is to cultivate a nationwide network of affiliated councils to advance diversity and inclusion by transforming our workplaces and communities into inclusive environments where individuals are valued for their talents and empowered to reach their fullest potential.
On May 2, 2013, Frost Brown Todd received the BRIDGES for a Just Community 2013 Tri-State Regional Workplace Inclusion Award. At the BRIDGES 63rd Annual Awards Dinner, the firm was recognized for their exemplary inclusion efforts and advocacy for diversity in the workplace. The inaugural award recognizes businesses/non-profits in the tri-state community that have “made workplace inclusion a strategic and core value” for the organization. A selection committee consisting of representatives from the greater Cincinnati area including individuals from BRIDGES for a Just Community and the Cincinnati Business Courier carefully determined the finalists and award winners.
Frost Brown Todd’s Diversity and Inclusion program strives to create and maintain an inclusive environment in which every person has not only an equal opportunity to succeed, but is provided with appropriate support to help him or her realize that opportunity. Our goal is to be recognized by our employees, peers, and the community as having the most inclusive environment in our respective markets. The firm’s success in these efforts requires the commitment of the firm’s leadership and management as well as every lawyer and administrator in the firm.
About BRIDGES for a Just Community
BRIDGES for a Just Community equips people with awareness, skills, and opportunities to develop relationships that will engage and transform the region into a more equitable and just community. As the region’s leading human relations organization, BRIDGES’ vision is to create a respectful, equitable and welcoming community for all citizens through education, advocacy and dialogue. Formerly the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of Greater Cincinnati, BRIDGES for a Just Community has served the region since 1944. For more information, call BRIDGES at 513-381-4660 or visit online at www.bridgesfjc.org
The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) recently released their list of annual Gold Standard Certification (“WILEF Certification”) recipients. The WILEF certified 42 firms nationwide for 2013, based on strict criteria for evaluation.
Frost Brown Todd was recognized for the third consecutive year to receive the Gold Standard Certification. This year, in order to be considered for inclusion in WILEF Certification, firms had to meet at least four of the following criteria regarding the percentage make up of women in firm leadership and compensation:
- 20 percent of equity partners or 25 percent of the non-lateral attorneys who became equity partner in the past 12 months.
- 10 percent of firm chairs and managing partners.
- 20 percent of the firm’s primary governance committee.
- 20 percent of the firm’s compensation committee.
- 25 percent of the firm’s practice group leaders or department heads.
- 10 percent of the top half of the firm's most highly compensated partners.
“Frost Brown Todd is very proud to have received the WILEF Certification for the past three years. We think that this award evidences our continuing efforts to create an inclusive environment so that everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed,” said Kimberly K. Mauer, chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative. “We certainly do not intend to rest on our laurels, but we are happy to celebrate the fact with WILEF that Frost Brown Todd continues to make progress in this effort.”
About The Women in Law Empowerment Forum
The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) was founded in 2007 by Peggy Cohen and Betiayn Tursi, as a forum that would educate and provide networking opportunities for women in law firms. In May of 2007, WILEF East held its first program at the University Club in New York City. It was attended by over 100 women. From that moment forward, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) became a recognized educational venue for women in law firms and corporate law departments. In 2009, Betiayn Tursi took WILEF to a national platform with the creation of WILEF West. From there, WILEF expanded to major national cities such as Chicago and D.C. and expanded internationally in 2012. In addition to programming, the WILEF is now creating standards for law firms to become WILEF Certified, with the goal of being the change agent for women in law firms to rise within the firm as business developers and leaders. For more information visit www.wilef.com.
Payments industry veterans Pat Moran, Howard Herndon and Josh Rosenblatt have come together to launch an electronic payments advisory firm, BlackLine Payments Advisors.
BlackLine will provide comprehensive services, including payment strategy and optimization, investor advisory, pricing and RFP/contract negotiation, merger and acquisition advisory, portfolio management/merchant retention, expert testimony, Visa/MasterCard settlement claims monetization, data breach response/recovery, and Operation Choke Point advice and implementation.
“Our team’s payments experience spans all aspects of the industry,” Moran said. “We’ve worked in-house for some of the largest payments companies in the world, as attorneys who focused on the payments industry, and as consultants for merchants, merchant acquirers, payments aggregators, payments networks, and payments technology providers.”
The consultancy firm will serve every segment of the payments industry, including investors, merchant acquirers and independent sales organizations (ISOs), payment aggregators, retailers and e-commerce companies, banks and financial institutions, payment networks, payment technology providers, non-profits, and governmental bodies. In addition to the three, BlackLine will utilize the combined expertise of an expert network of electronic payments professionals who, combined, boast over 100 years of industry experience.
The payments firm is an affiliate of full-service corporate law firm Frost Brown Todd.
“While we have long served the electronics payments industry, our scope is focused on legal counsel and litigation,” said John R. Crockett, III, Frost Brown Todd’s Chairman. “Through our affiliation with BlackLine Payments Advisors, our payments attorneys will work closely with non-legal payments experts to provide clients with comprehensive counsel and a 360-degree view of their business.”
BlackLine Payments Advisors is a business consultancy, not a law firm. If needed, legal services may be provided by Frost Brown Todd, or BlackLine principals can work seamlessly with a client’s existing legal counsel.
Highly regarded payments industry executive Pat Moran will serve as the firm’s CEO. Before founding BlackLine Payments Advisors, Moran held several executive-level roles with the industry’s largest players, including Vice President for Interchange Strategy for Visa, and Senior Vice President for Product and Portfolio Management for Fifth Third Processing Solutions/Vantiv.
Alongside Moran, the firm will be led by President Howard Herndon and Principal Josh Rosenblatt. Herndon is a lawyer with more than 20 years of electronic payments industry experience. In addition to serving as an attorney providing legal counsel to payments industry companies, Herndon previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at leading payments processor First American Payment Systems and co-founded a business to assist claimants in the Visa/MasterCard interchange-fee class-action settlement.
In addition to his role with BlackLine Payments Advisors, Rosenblatt is a practicing attorney at Frost Brown Todd, representing electronic payments companies in mergers and acquisitions, securities law and general corporate law. Rosenblatt received his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Vanderbilt University.
To visit BlackLine Payments Advisors' website, click here.
Frost Brown Todd has underscored its commitment to market-leading government relations services with the formation of a new public affairs company, CivicPoint, LLC, and the hire of Debra Young Maggart and Brooke Parker. CivicPoint will provide lobbying, government relations, and public affairs services in Frost Brown Todd’s five-state footprint.
Maggart, former chair of the Republican caucus in the Tennessee House of Representatives, will serve as CivicPoint’s senior vice president and will help lead the government relations services in the firm’s Nashville office.
Parker has joined CivicPoint’s Lexington office as vice president, having most recently served as the Executive Director for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Energy and Environment Cabinet Office of the Secretary. They join Frost Brown Todd government relations member Tom Lee, who will serve as managing principal of the new company.
Lee, a member at Frost Brown Todd since 2011, has twice been recognized by Best Lawyers as one of the top government relations practitioners in Tennessee. He is an adjunct professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, where he has taught lobbying and public advocacy, and active in numerous civic and political organizations. An Order of the Coif graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law and executive editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, he also was a two-time Emmy-award winning television journalist prior to law school.
CivicPoint, a subsidiary of Frost Brown Todd LLC, is a full-service public affairs firm that allows businesses, trade associations, and non-governmental organizations to work successfully in conjunction with state and local government in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia. CivicPoint provides clients and businesses with the services and confidence to support all aspects of government relations, from launching major initiatives to procurement and executive branch lobbying, to strategic public affairs counsel.
“We’re building a team and a platform at CivicPoint with one goal: being the leader in advancing client priorities in the public sphere across Mid-America,” Lee said.
In a recent survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for its annual Corporate Equality Index (Index), Frost Brown Todd LLC was ranked as one of Cincinnati’s most LGBT-friendly companies. Frost Brown Todd scored a 90 out of a total 100 points on the survey.
The four main criteria measured by the Index are whether the companies:
- Provide equal benefits for same-sex partners and spouses
- End benefits discrimination for transgender employees and dependents
- Demonstrate firm-wide organization competency on LGBT issues
- Demonstrate firm-wide public commitment to the LGBT community
The HRC’s Workplace Equality Program survey rated 734 of the nation’s largest businesses for “demonstrating a commitment to LGBT equality and inclusion.” Kim Amrine, FBT’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, said, “We have worked hard the last several years to focus more on true inclusion. We have conducted extensive training for all of our employees about what inclusion means and how every employee’s participation is critical. LGBT education and initiatives are an important piece of fostering that inclusive environment.”
Jill P. Meyer, Member in Charge of FBT’s Cincinnati office, added, “Diversity and inclusion are a priority at Frost Brown Todd. Our efforts are firm-wide and implemented daily by every individual making up our team. We’re proud to be recognized on the Index and even more proud of what the recognition says about our team members.”
Frost Brown Todd’s David Schmit, with a team consisting of William Morriss, Ann Schoen, Kelly Kuhl, Amy Carrico, and Christine Schmit, won a major patent case for ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation. On February 28, following a week-long trial in the infringement case against ThyssenKrupp filed by Inventio AG in 2008, a Delaware federal jury found that two Inventio patents for an elevator modernization system were invalid. Inventio was seeking damages for three jobs that had been completed, as well as for any future jobs. The jury took three and a half hours to come to its decision.
This is the second lawsuit Inventio AG (a Swiss sister company of Schindler Elevator Corporation) has filed against ThyssenKrupp. In December 2013, Inventio dropped the previously-filed case related to elevators at 1 World Trade Center in New York after Inventio’s patent was found invalid.
More than 200 leaders in the automotive industry and related businesses from across the nation, Canada and Mexico gathered at the Music City Center on Thursday for AutoConnect, a conference hosted by the law firm Frost Brown Todd LLC, to discuss opportunities and challenges facing the automotive industry.
Automotive manufacturers and suppliers, bankers, investors and government representatives delivered presentations on topics such as the impact of the economic recovery on the industry, financial trends impacting sales, product development, and innovation, workforce diversity, environmental responsibility and the international marketplace.
Featured speakers at the event included Paul Ingrassia, managing editor of Reuters and a Pulitzer Prize-winning automotive industry journalist and author. Ingrassia called Nashville “the capital of the new American auto industry” and spoke of technological revolutions sweeping across the global automotive industry.
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, keynote speaker for AutoConnect, reflected on what it took to bring the auto industry to the region 30 years ago and issues that need to be dealt with to keep it moving forward. Alexander focused his comments on labor issues, infrastructure and having a skilled-labor pool.
Robert Sartin, co-chair of Frost Brown Todd’s automotive industry team, FBTAuto, said the conference shows that executives from companies that compete against each other for business know meeting and exchanging ideas at AutoConnect is good for the entire industry.
“This year AutoConnect provided the opportunity to hear executives from Toyota, Honda and Nissan together in one session, giving insight on supply chain dynamics. Similar conversations are also taking place with other industry players, including investors and consultants. AutoConnect facilitates those conversations, and it means we are providing a forum that the industry values and supports,” Sartin said.
Heather L. Wilson, Frost Brown Todd Member in Indianapolis, has received the Indiana Chamber of Commerce 2014 Volunteer of the Year award. At the annual awards luncheon Wilson was recognized for her passion and energy in making an impact for the Indiana business community through her volunteer efforts. She has chaired the Indiana Chamber’s Civil Justice Committee and helped expand the organization’s annual Human Resources Conference for the past eight years. “I have a passion for helping employers and businesses – that’s what I love to do. I want businesses to understand what their obligations are from a legal standpoint,” she says.
Wilson is a member of Frost Brown Todd’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. She focuses her practice in the areas of employment litigation and general business counseling, including advising employers on litigation avoidance. She also provides training programs for human resource personnel on a wide range of employment-related legal topics. Indianapolis is home to more than 80 of Frost Brown Todd’s legal professionals and led by Member-in-Charge Nelson Alexander. The attorneys and staff are active supporters and volunteers in the community and involved in both civic and professional organizations throughout the city.
Additional honorees of the 2014 Samuel C. Scholler Volunteer of the Year award are Phil Bounsall, president of Walker (Indianapolis) and Jill Ritchie, vice president and general counsel of Indiana Beverage (Valparaiso).
Frost Brown Todd (FBT) has received a perfect score of 100 on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality. FBT joins the ranks of 366 major businesses in the United States earning top marks in the 2015 survey.
“We are very proud to have achieved 100 on the scorecard,” says Kim Amrine, FBT’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. “Reaching this top mark represents so much more than just a number – it reflects long-term conversations and commitment that have led to institutional change,” she says.
Administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the CEI has surveyed major businesses since 2002, and law firms since 2006, to benchmark important employer benefits and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and their families. The CEI rates law firms on 40 specific policies and practices. To achieve a perfect score and the coveted distinction of being one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality,” firms must have fully-inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate organizational LGBT competency, evidence their commitment to equality publicly and exercise responsible citizenship.
“At FBT, inclusion is not just about race and gender. It is about creating a culture where our employees can bring their true selves to work. Only in this environment can all perform at our full potential and obtain optimum results for our clients,” says George Yund, FBT’s Managing Member.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is America’s largest civil rights organization working to end discrimination and to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. In a statement provided by the HRC upon the release of the 2015 CEI report, HRC president Chad Griffin said: "In order to achieve a perfect score, a company has to show a deep and serious commitment to treating their LGBT employees fairly and equally on the job. We also look at whether a company is speaking out in the public square to advocate for LGBT equality here in this country and around the world. Frost Brown Todd not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values."
A total of 971 businesses across the nation are rated in the 2015 CEI report. For more information and to download a free copy, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
Frost Brown Todd (FBT) and Columbus member Samantha (Sam) Quimby have made the final rankings in the fifth edition of World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR 1000), released today. As the sole standalone publication with exclusive coverage of the trademark field, the WTR 1000 provides the most comprehensive listing of the leading private practice practitioners and firms in more than 80 jurisdictions around the world.
“It is a tremendous honor for us as a firm, and for Sam as an individual attorney, to be included in the WTR 1000,” says Ann Schoen, chair of FBT’s Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Practice Group. “Frost Brown Todd has practiced in the intellectual property arena for more than 35 years – something that’s quite unusual for a general practice firm – and we’ve had the opportunity to establish ourselves among the best in the field. This recognition is evidence of the excellent work and many successes of our team over the years.”
Trademark attorneys play a vital role in the increasingly competitive global marketplace where strong brands and brand protection are essential for success. FBT’s IP practice group is led by Ann Schoen and Steven Goldstein and consists of some 50 professionals, many with technical backgrounds, including a number with advanced technical degrees. Eight of the attorneys in the group focus on trademark work and others specialize in the areas of patents, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, interactive media, advertising, and first amendment and media. WTR had this to say about FBT’s trademark practice: This nationwide full-service firm makes its debut in the WTR 1000 this year, thanks to stunning praise from both patrons and peers: “Frost Brown have my highest regard for the detailed and efficient way they handle a myriad of foreign and domestic issues. They are thorough and knowledgeable, and both a valuable resource and a trusted colleague.” “Their work is flawless,” agrees another satisfied client.
Samantha Quimby, member attorney who heads up the firm’s Trademark and Copyright Service Team, represents domestic and global clients in a wide array of IP matters relating to trademark, copyright, internet and unfair competition. She focuses particularly on trademark prosecution, counseling, licensing, enforcement and litigation. She also assists clients with anti-counterfeiting measures in the U.S. and abroad, and has worked on cases involving ongoing enforcement efforts for world-famous brands. Quimby has previously been recognized as one of the top intellectual property attorneys in Ohio and was featured in Columbus Business First as one of “20 People to Know in Technology” in 2013. She is included in the 2014 and 2015 editions of Super Lawyers’ Ohio Rising Stars®. WTR noted Quimby as a “fantastic practitioner, [who] takes a practical, business-sensitive approach and is committed to client service.”
About WTR 1000
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The first lawsuit regarding the rights of drone operators versus property owners has been filed in federal court. On Monday, Kentucky resident David Boggs filed a suit in The United States District Court of Western Kentucky asking the court to “define clearly the rights of aircraft operators and property owners” as they relate to unmanned aircraft. The lawsuit stems from an incident last year that gained national media attention in which a Hillview, Kentucky resident shot down an unmanned aircraft being flown by Boggs, claiming that the drone had trespassed and invaded his privacy.
Although the shooter initially faced criminal charges, those charges were eventually dismissed by a state court judge. On October 26, 2015, Kentucky District Court Judge Rebecca Ward dismissed the criminal charges, saying that he “had a right to shoot” at the aircraft. Boggs, on the other hand, claims that he was approximately 200 feet above the property at the time it was shot down and did not view or record the defendant's property.
“The tension between private property rights and the freedom to use the national airspace is important to both the unmanned aircraft industry and the general public,” says James Mackler, Boggs’ legal counsel who leads Frost Brown Todd’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems practice. “Property owners deserve to be free from harassment and invasion of their privacy. Likewise, aircraft operators need to know the boundaries in which they can legally operate without risk of being shot down. This lawsuit will give clarity to everyone.”
”Our client is requesting clarification of the legal issues and to be compensated for the damage to his aircraft,” says co-counsel Chip Campbell, also of Frost Brown Todd. Both Campbell and Mackler are former military aviators who advise clients on a variety of issues relating to unmanned aircraft operation.