Member Spotlight: Kai Bitter, Frost Brown Todd
Five years ago, Kai Bitter began working at Frost Brown Todd, fulfilling the law firm’s need for a lawyer to focus on their growing practice with German clients. Now a Partner, he started what is called the German Desk, which is part of the firm’s strong international practice. Originally from Germany, where he practiced for several years, Kai is licensed both in Germany and Ohio and benefits from an intimate understanding of the U.S. from both a personal and business perspective. He practices corporate and commercial law, but gets involved in other international legal matters, which makes his practice very diverse.
A member of the EACC since 2007, Kai is currently the co-chair for the Austrian-Swiss-German (ASG) Committee. Many of the events organized by the ASG Committee target social and business development in our community. Examples are the EACC/Hofbrauhaus Corporate Tent, which had its premiere during Oktoberfest 2012, and the Stammtisch, a monthly networking opportunity at the Hofbrauhaus in Newport.
The Corporate Tent provided companies with a unique venue to entertain their clients and staff. Together with the Hofbrauhaus, Kai was responsible for making it an enjoyable event as well as a celebration of German tradition. Participants had extremely positive feedback: “When we saw how much fun everyone had, we knew we were on to something,” said Kai. “Now I have a good excuse to go to the Oktoberfest in Munich to get ideas for our next event in Cincinnati!”
Events such as Oktoberfest, the German Consul General’s visit, and the World Choir Games, which is organized every other year at locations throughout the world by the German organization Interkultur, create visibility for Cincinnati abroad and help attract German investments and talent. Because of the numerous German companies in the Cincinnati region, German businesses have a significant impact on this region’s economy.
“It has been incredibly enjoyable to work with the EACC,” says Kai. “The organization enables me to promote not only my legal services, but the City of Cincinnati, which has become my hometown over the years. It also allows me be part of a strong social and professional network.”