Eight New Members Named to Frost Brown Todd

January 3, 2011

Frost Brown Todd is pleased to announce the appointment of eight new members to the firm. Their admission to membership went into effect January 1, 2011. These new members include:


Andrew B. Ulmer – Intellectual Property
Mr. Ulmer is an intellectual property attorney with specific focus on all aspects of domestic and foreign patent prosecution. Mr. Ulmer has worked in a broad range of technologies, including mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, materials, medical devices, and software.  His work also includes providing clients with patent validity and infringement opinions, as well as due diligence review of targeted patent estates and other patent related counseling. Mr. Ulmer is admitted to practice in Ohio, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Kevin T. Shook – Business Litigation
Mr. Shook practices out of the firm’s Columbus office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of property litigation, financial institutions, media law and advertising law.   He regularly represents large corporations, real estate firms and banks in a wide variety of commercial litigation disputes and media clients in all aspects of newsroom-related matters, including defense of defamation and privacy claims and public records matters.  Mr. Shook provides prepublication review of advertisements and defends false advertising cases brought under the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act, the FTC Act and the Lanham Act. Mr. Shook serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus and he is the Pro Bono Coordinator for the Firm’s Columbus office. He was recently named a Rising Star in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers® magazine.  


James A. Butz – Business Combinations and Capital Transactions
Mr. Butz represents businesses, business owners and investors in transactional and day-to-day business needs.  His particular focus is in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, general business matters, private equity transactions and corporate governance.  Mr. Butz represents middle market businesses in a wide variety of complex transactions as well as emerging and start-up businesses in organizational and capitalization matters.

Lucy R.  Dollens – Appellate
Ms. Dollens concentrates her practice in appellate and business litigation.  Ms. Dollens handles all aspects of commercial litigation disputes, including advising clients prior to the initiation of litigation regarding the development of litigation avoidance strategies.  Ms. Dollens has extensive experience advising and defending corporations within the banking industry regarding lender liability, including predatory lending and consumer protection issues.  Additionally, she is highly experienced in representing individuals and corporate clients facing a wide variety of legal issues on appeal in both the state and federal appellate courts.  She also represents amicus curiae parties before Indiana’s appellate courts on significant issues impacting those parties.  Ms. Dollens was selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2010.

Cory J. Skolnick – Business Litigation
Mr. Skolnick represents clients in a wide array of complex civil litigation at federal and state levels as well as before various alternative dispute resolution forums.  Several of his matters have involved parallel civil litigation, criminal investigations, and administrative actions. Mr. Skolnick has played a leading role in numerous trial-level matters, and has significant appellate experience before the Supreme Court of the United States, in several of the federal courts of appeals, and in the Kentucky appellate courts.  In addition to his more traditional litigation practice, he advises clients regularly on administrative and regulatory issues and conducts internal corporate investigations. He has represented companies and individuals before several federal and state agencies, in both civil and criminal matters.

Geoffrey M.  White – Real Estate
Mr. White is in the Real Estate Practice Group and is licensed in Kentucky and Ohio with an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.  Mr. White's practice is focused on representing lenders, loan servicers, owners, investors, developers and managers in the workout, servicing, financing, purchase, sale, development and management of commercial real estate properties.  He has represented lenders in closings of more than $1 billion in loans in 40 states. Mr. White also advises clients on green/sustainability issues arising in relation to real estate and construction matters and has been accredited a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate™ by the U.S. Green Building Counsel (USGBC™).  He is a member of the Board of Directors and the President of the Young Professionals Association of Louisville, a member of the Board of Directors of  Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI), the Leadership Louisville Center,  the Louisville Energy Alliance, and is a founding member of the Governing Directors of The Crossing Generations Society.

Jason C. Williams – Regulated Business
Mr. Williams concentrates his practice in corporate law with an emphasis in franchise law and mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies.  He has substantial experience in the organization and representation of purchasing cooperatives for national restaurant chains.  Mr. Williams serves as the head of the Frost Brown Todd’s franchise and distribution service team and is a member of the recruiting committee.  In addition, Mr. Williams remains actively involved in the Louisville community and serves on the Board of Directors of Family and Children First.  Mr. Williams graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2003 and Yale University in 2000 where he majored in economics.  He is married to Jefferson County District Court Judge Erica Lee Williams. 


Martin B. Tucker – General Corporate Law
Mr. Tucker concentrates his practice primarily in all aspects of bankruptcy and restructuring law and creditor’s rights law.  His experience includes the representation of banking institutions, commercial landlords, business entities and individuals regarding complex workouts, out-of-court restructurings, commercial and consumer bankruptcy cases and foreclosures, general business litigation and contract disputes.  Mr. Tucker’s experience is not limited to the representation of creditors.  He represents and has represented numerous companies and individuals as debtors in complex commercial Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases and complex out-of-court restructurings and workouts.  These cases have included the representation of restaurant owners, franchisees, commercial property owners and similar interests. His practice also includes representation of clients in commercial transactions, business formation and general corporate practice.