Who We Are
Frost Brown Todd has one of the premier public sector legal teams in our eight-state region. FBT provides legal services to some of the largest public entities in its footprint, including the cities of Cincinnati and Dayton in Ohio, Lexington and Louisville in Kentucky, Indianapolis and Marion County in Indiana and some of the largest school districts and townships in Indiana and Ohio. We also provide services to some of the smallest public entities in the region and every size in between. FBT and our attorneys serve as general counsel or law director for several governmental entities in Ohio.
We have 40 attorneys in the Government Services Practice Group. Two-thirds of our group’s lawyers are listed in The Best Lawyers in America©,Super Lawyers® or Rising Stars publications.
Members of the Government Services Practice Group have extensive experience handling a wide variety of claims on behalf of our clients. The types of government and private entities we represent include the following:
- School Districts and School Corporations
- Private and Public Colleges and Universities
- Water Districts and Fire Districts
- Public Officials
- Governmental Entity Risk Pools and Insurers
- Community Improvement Corporations
- Similar and Related Agencies in Several States
- Private Entities and Individuals Before Regulatory Agencies
FBT’s legal experience over several decades representing public entities allows for tailoring a legal approach to the needs of each client to provide effective and prompt representation and service. When a client’s legal needs fall outside those typical to the public sector, FBT can draw on the knowledge and experience of our over 500 attorneys who practice in all areas of the law required by businesses and individuals of all sizes and complexity.
What We Do
In more traditional public sector areas, FBT has significant experience. We provide law director and general counsel services to many entities of various sizes. Our labor group has negotiated over 500 public sector labor contracts and has represented clients in several hundred labor arbitrations. The Zoning and Land Use Group has defended hundreds of zoning commission and board of zoning appeals’ decisions as well as defended many constitutional challenges to zoning ordinances. This group also routinely handles real estate litigation matters and prosecutes and defends eminent domain cases. The Construction Group has negotiated on behalf of and counseled clients on a wide range of multimillion-dollar construction matters, which include township and municipal projects and school-related projects throughout the firm’s footprint. In addition, this group has advised public clients on numerous disputes related to construction matters.
We also advise government entities on non-litigation matters, as well all issues related to union avoidance, collective bargaining, arbitration, employment discipline matters, commercial and real estate matters, public bidding requirements, economic development and the many other issues that government entities face every day.
Our Outside Activities
Members of our group are active in local political parties, charitable organizations, and local, state, and national bar associations. One member is the Chairman of the Miami University Board of Trustees; another is the president of the Butler County Bar Association and has served as acouncil member of an Ohio municipality; yet another member is the immediate past president of the National Council of School Board Attorneys; and, finally, member Bill Robinson is the 135th President of the American Bar Association.
In the News
- "The old argument of local control no longer has the same currency"
- Donald ’70 and Susan Crain ’73 create lasting gift for scholarship support
- One of Cincinnati’s largest law firms expands in Great American Tower
- Northern Kentucky legal community’s expanding firms known for involvement and business expertise
- Haslam Pushes Back Against Alternative Transportation Plan
- Miami University Baseball - Don Crain
- Law You Can Use: Ohio's Constitution gives municipalities home rule self-government authority
- Mike Pence’s former general counsel has joined the landing team
- Bevin's transition director joins Louisville law firm
- Mall at Fairfield Commons proposes $3M special improvement district
- Law you can use: What can be done about hacking?
- Former law director of Dublin passionate about the City
- National Judicial College to honor Kentucky’s Chief Justice John Minton; special reception in Cincinnati
- Opinion blocking DOL rule cites clash with ethics rules
- One Vision One Voice: Skyward, Tri-ED launch joint campaign aimed at moving region forward
- Will FreedomFest catapult Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson to the main stage?
- N.J.-S.P. school board reorganizes with new member
- William T. Robinson, III named chair of American Bar Association Standing Committee on American Judicial System
- Gov. Bevin announces Kentucky-led Council on Criminal Justice Reform
- Noelle Hunter: The whole story
- 2016 Commencement address at Badin High School in Hamilton, Ohio
- Leadership Louisville graduates 58 in latest class
- House takes on persuader rule
- 15 justice semifinalists remain
- Dublin’s leadership team: All in, all the time!
- Two county residents apply for state court spot
- Frost Brown Todd names new Cincinnati partners
- Habel takes reins at Frost Brown Todd after helping steer through recession
- One of Cincinnati's largest law firms names a new leader
- AP Interview: Bipartisan group seeks criminal justice bill
- WRPA OKs Financing for $12M Inn at Poland Way
- Meet the new Leadership Louisville Class of 2016
- Lobbyist: County's RB revenue safe for now
- "2014 Was a Very Good Year": 23 Projects, 3,467 Jobs, $464 Million in Sales
- April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
- New lobby shop signs 17 clients — Former McConnell aide to FBT — Sidley Austin expands energy practice — Music industry group hires two
- Governor makes appointments to boards and commissions
- One man’s dream, now a 150-acre park
- Who Let the Dogs In? 6 Tips for a Canine-Friendly Workplace
- Mt. Pleasant company donates $30,000
- Help fight crime: Show up for jury duty
- Manchester Names Players to Hall of Fame
- Risk Management - Deal Killer or Opportunity Enhancer?
- Johnny Cash property eyed for residential health center
- Filling a need for small-town lawyers
- Appeals court to Mason: Pay up
- Frost Brown Todd Attorney Milton Sutton Achieves Certification as an Information Privacy Professional
- Frost Brown Todd Appoints 11 New Members
- Frost Brown Todd Expands at Great American Tower at Queen City Square
- Frost Brown Todd Welcomes Thaddeus Boggs to Government Services Practice in Columbus
- Frost Brown Todd Expands Government Service Practice in Indianapolis
- 29 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers and 17 Recognized by Ohio Rising Stars for 2017
- Frost Brown Todd Named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms List
- Kristen Webb Hill Joins Frost Brown Todd
- 168 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017
- Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III Appointed Chair of ABA Standing Committee on the American Judicial System
- Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III Named Chairman of the National Judicial College Board of Trustees
- Industry Leaders Come Together at Columbus-held LogisticsConnect™
- Frost Brown Todd Announces 12 New Members
- 23 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Indiana Super Lawyers®
- Terese M. Wells Joins Frost Brown Todd Cincinnati
- 33 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers® and 11 Recognized by Ohio Rising Stars® for 2016
- Frost Brown Todd Welcomes Attorney Tricia Leminger
- 51 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Kentucky Super Lawyers® and 18 Recognized by Kentucky Rising Stars® for 2016
- Frost Brown Todd Announces New Affiliate
- Frost Brown Todd Names Chris Habel to Succeed Jill Meyer as Member-in-Charge
- 175 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016
- Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III elected to National Board of Trustees of the American Inns of Court
- Milton C. Sutton latest addition to Frost Brown Todd’s Government Services Practice in Columbus
- Donald Crain Recognized with Highest Award given by Dan Beard Council
- Rob Mecklenborg Joins Frost Brown Todd’s Finance and Real Estate Team
- Philip Hartmann receives Amicus Service Award for legal advocacy on behalf of Upper Arlington
- 26 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in Indiana Super Lawyers® and Four Recognized in Indiana Rising Stars® for 2015
- Governor Beshear reappoints Bill Robinson to the Kentucky Development Partnership Board
- 37 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers® for 2015
- 50 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Kentucky Super Lawyers® and 20 Recognized by Kentucky Rising Stars® for 2015
- Seven New Associates Join Frost Brown Todd’s Cincinnati and West Chester Offices
- New Associate at Frost Brown Todd Columbus
- Denise Barkdull Joins Frost Brown Todd
- Aaron E. Haslam Joins Frost Brown Todd
- Attorney Kevin Murray Receives Degree in Historic Preservation
- Hollins Brings Extensive Public Sector Experience to Frost Brown Todd Columbus Office
- Frost Brown Todd Adds Business Associate
- Former Assistant Attorney General Joins Frost Brown Todd
- Frost Brown Todd’s Columbus Public Law Practice Continues to Grow
- Prominent Prosecuting Attorney Joins Frost Brown Todd
- Team of Five Senior Attorneys Joins Frost Brown Todd’s Columbus Office
- Former Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Director Joins Frost Brown Todd
- Kyle J. Hupfer Joins Frost Brown Todd’s Business Combinations Group
- Thomas H. Lee Joins Frost Brown Todd’s Nashville Office
- Frost Brown Todd Partner, Donald L. Crain to Become Chairman of the Miami University Board of Trustees
- Supreme Court Sends Transgender Bathroom Case Back to Court of Appeals
- Trump Administration Revokes Administrative Guidance Regarding Transgender Student Rights in Schools
- State Cannot Use Funding Cut to Compel Municipalities to Follow State’s Procedures for Red-Light Cameras
- Creating More Value out of Excess Local Government Land and Buildings
- Sixth Circuit Decision May Open the Door for Ohio Cities and Limited Home Rule Townships to Enact “Right to Work” Legislation
- Sixth Circuit Refuses to Overrule Injunction Requiring School to Allow Transgender Student to use Restroom Based on Gender Identity
- Ohio Supreme Court: There Is No Per Se Rule Excluding Dash-Cam Videos From The Public Records Act
- U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Issue Joint Guidance to Schools Regarding Appropriate Use of Police
- SCOTUS Blocks Order Requiring School to Allow Transgender Student Access to Bathroom Matching Their Gender Identity
- Ohio Supreme Court changes course on access to public entity legal invoices
- Federal Government directs public schools to allow transgender students to use bathroom that matches their gender identity
- The “reply-to-all” button was never a good idea anyway: Ohio Supreme Court holds that public body discussions via email can be public meetings
- State Board of Education Approves the Transfer of a Home from Columbus City Schools to Westerville City Schools
- What Ohio Public Employers Need To Know
- Challenge to New York State Vaccination Law Will Not Be Heard by the Supreme Court
- Draft Nebraska Athletic Association Policy Requires Transgender Female Athletes Undergo Hormonal Therapy Or Sexual Reassignment Surgery Before Playing Girls Sports
- Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Open Meetings Lawsuit Against Florida School Board
- Ohio Court of Appeals Requires a Nexus Between Off-Duty Misconduct and a Teacher’s Ability to Teach for License Suspension
- School District Settles with Former Football Player for $2 Million
- Termination of a Principal's Administrator Contract
- The Federal Government Takes a Strong Position on Transgender Students’ Rights to Locker Room Access
- New Federal Law Confirms Public Safety Officers’ Benefits
- Department of Labor Proposes Changes to FLSA Overtime Exemption Regulations
- Georgia Court Holds That General Knowledge of Student-on-Student Sexual Assault Does Not Raise Title IX Liability
- How the United States Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Impacts School Districts
- Ohio Appellate Court Rules in Favor of School District in Bullying Prevention Lawsuit
- Second Circuit Upholds the Constitutionality of Vaccination Mandates in Public Schools
- The Effects of the State Biennial Budget on Ohio School Districts
- Supreme Board of Sign Review: Supreme Court Declares Provisions of Town’s Sign Code Unconstitutional
- Charity Bins are a form of Communication, according to the Sixth Circuit
- The City of Cleveland Fumbles in Applying Municipal Taxes to NFL Players
- House Bill 113: CPR and AED Training
- House Bill 20: Modification of Concealed Carry Exemption in School Zones
- House Bill 2: Charter Reform
- House Bill 39: Emergency Inhalers
- House Bill 7: Prohibiting the Use of Testing Scores on Promotion or Retention Decisions
- Senate Bill 34: Elimination Of Zero Tolerance Policies
- Senate Bill 3: Limit on State Assessments
- Senate Bill 74: Limits to Assessment Testing
- House Bill 47: Another Step towards Eliminating Open Container Restrictions within Designated Areas
- U.S. Department of Education Provides Guidance on Protecting Student Privacy While Using Apps and Online Educational Services
- Accommodation of Religious Beliefs Does Not Require Violation of Federal Law
- Ohio Supreme Court Decision Makes Future of Local Fracking Regulations Unclear
- Handbook Snafu Resuscitates FMLA Claim
- T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell: Supreme Court Weighs in on City Council’s Denial of Application to Build Cell Phone Tower
- ACLU Files Discrimination Complaint Against School For Policy Restricting Bathroom Use of Transgender Student
- OCR and DOJ Issue Guidance Regarding English Learner Students Equal Access to Education
- ODE Releases Testing Report and Recommendations
- U.S. Department of Education Issues Updated Ebola Guidance for Schools
- U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case on Social Media Speech
- Vermont School District Pays $147,500 to Settle Parent’s First Amendment Violation Lawsuit
- Guidance regarding English learner students equal access to high-quality education
- Required Public Records Training For Public Officials Is Now Offered Online
- House Bill 5
- The Government Issues Guidance on the Responsibility of Public Schools Regarding Communication with Students with Hearing/Vision/Speech Disabilities
- Ohio Supreme Court upholds ability to challenge breath-analyzer results
- OCR Issues Guidance on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Records documenting threats against governor are not public record – Ohio Supreme Court
- Ohio Supreme Court Upholds City Curfews in Public Parks
- New Ohio Senate Bill seeks to severely limit the use of traffic cameras
- Supreme Court Rules on Prayers Opening Legislative Meetings
- Superintendent convicted for failing to report suspected child abuse
- Ohio Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decisions Regarding Attorney’s Fees in Public Records Act Actions
- Proposed Ohio Legislation Expands the Power to Issue Investigative Subpoenas to City Law Departments
- Dear Colleague Letter Issued on Student Discipline without Discrimination
- Ohio Legislature Creates Additional Exception to the Open Meeting Law Under R.C. 121.22
- Self-Audit Check: Don't Spend Public Money for Political Purposes
- Employee Firearm Authorization Policies for Schools
- Office of Civil Rights Issues Guidance on School District Section 504 Policies
- Ohio Type-II Annexation Legislation: What You Need to Know
- What You Should Know Regarding the Sixth Circuit Decision Involving "Policymaking" Employees
- New Law to Affect Ohio Internet Sweepstakes Establishments
- New Penalties for Violations of the Indiana Access to Public Records Act ("APRA")
- Ohio Cyber-Bullying Legislation: What You Need to Know
- Healthcare policy in Tennessee: 2011 Review
- Legislature Resurrects Summary Judgment in Tennessee
- Tort Reform: The Verdict Is In
- You Need To Know: Changes to Law and Policy in Tennessee
- Changes in Ohio's Prevailing Wage Law
- Ohio Public Records Update: Rhodes v. New Philadelphia - A Person Must Intend To Access Records To Be Entitled To Civil Forfeiture Damages
- Abandoned Service Stations – An Often Overlooked Ohio Program
- House Bill 153 and Public Construction Reform
- Facebook Fatalities: Students, Social Networking, and the First Amendment
- Ohio Senate Bill 5: Public Sector Collective Bargaining Reform—Legislative Update
- Ohio Senate Bill 5: Public Sector Collective Bargaining Reform--What You Need to Know
- Stimulus Act - Great News for Bonds
- Congress Considers Cost Shifting Measure for Dialysis Services
Police Misconduct Cases
Obtained summary judgment in favor of police officer in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuit, based on allegedly false affidavit. Affirmed on appeal.
Obtained summary judgment for governmental entity in claim for negligent failure to investigate a rape.
Through motion to dismiss, obtained judgment in favor of governmental entity, supervisors, and individual officers in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuit.
Through motion to dismiss, obtained judgment in favor of governmental entity in a wrongful death lawsuit alleging negligent failure to locate missing person.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of governmental entity, supervisors, and individual officers in lawsuit alleging false arrest and excessive force.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of governmental entity, supervisors, and individual officers in another lawsuit alleging false arrest and excessive force.
Obtained dismissal of governmental entity in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuit alleging excessive force.
Through motion to dismiss, obtained judgment in favor of governmental entity in a wrongful death lawsuit alleging negligent failure to protect crime victim.
Won appeal in case challenging dismissal of teacher.
Through motion to dismiss, obtained judgment in favor of school district in lawsuit based on freedom of religion and first amendment.
Obtained dismissal of breach of contract, punitive damages, and Title VII and state law age discrimination claims against school district.
Won appeal, and obtained judgment in favor of district, in lawsuit based on severe injuries incurred after student dropped off from school bus.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of school district in lawsuit based on injuries suffered by student in class.
Discrimination/Wrongful Discharge Cases
Through motion to dismiss, obtained judgment in favor of governmental entity in lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, assault, and discrimination.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of governmental entity in lawsuit alleging wrongful discharge in violation of public policy.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of governmental entity in family dispute over cemetery plot.
Obtained summary judgment, affirmed on appeal, for governmental employee in fraud lawsuit.
Obtained judgment in favor of governmental entity in unfair labor practice charge, affirmed on appeal.
Obtained judgment in favor of governmental entity in election challenge.
Through motion to dismiss, obtained judgment in favor of several elected officials in complaint alleging copyright infringement.