Ten New Members Named to Frost Brown Todd
Frost Brown Todd is pleased to announce the appointment of ten new members to the firm. Their admission to membership went into effect Jan. 1, 2012. These new members include:
Kai Bitter – Business Combinations and Capital
Mr. Bitter advises multinational businesses in corporate and commercial matters, and is regularly involved in mergers and acquisitions, joint venture formations, distribution and agency agreements, and transnational dispute resolution. He is admitted as a lawyer both in Germany and Ohio, and has launched a German Desk in the firm’s Cincinnati office. The desk merges the firm's expertise in assisting German clients in the U.S. and through the firm’s strategic alliance partner, offers the services of a German law firm to domestic clients as well.
Eugene Droder III
– Labor and Employment
Mr. Droder focuses his practice on employment and class action litigation, particularly on defending wage and hour claims and collective actions across the country. He also regularly defends clients against various discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination lawsuits and advises employers on compliance with laws governing hiring, discipline, compensation, termination and other employment practices. His experience includes multiple defense verdicts in employment jury and bench trials, as well as successful outcomes for clients before multiple appellate courts. Mr. Droder graduated magna cum laude from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2004 and from Miami University, Oxford in 2001 with a double-major in Journalism and Political Science.
Nilesh (Neal) Patel
– Intellectual Property
Mr. Patel is an advertising and intellectual property attorney with significant experience in marketing, advertising and intellectual property licensing matters. He supports some of America's leading brands, advising on the various issues and underlying transactions associated with the marketing of products and services in both traditional and online channels. Mr. Patel regularly counsels clients on claim substantiation, sweepstakes, word-of-mouth marketing, trademark/copyright and other intellectual property licensing, website operations, privacy, marketing to children, behavioral advertising, product placement, sponsorships, and virtually all types of promotion related agreements. His practice also includes representing advertisers in advertising related litigation, including federal, state, and local regulatory investigations, as well as before the National Advertising Division and other self-regulatory organizations.
Erika J. Schoenberger – Products
Liability and Mass Tort
Ms. Schoenberger represents commercial clients in a wide array of litigation matters. Her practice is primarily focused on products liability, bad faith insurance, and complex commercial litigation. She further serves as national coordinating counsel for manufacturing clients. She has made appearances before multiple appellate courts, hearings before Ohio courts and administrative hearing bodies. Ms. Schoenberger is a member of the firm’s Women’s Initiative Committee. She is also an active member of the Ohio Chapter of the MS Society and United Way Women’s Council.
Matthew R. King – Products
Liability and Mass Tort
Mr. King concentrates his practice in product liability litigation. He has defended manufacturers of automobiles, seat belts, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, personal watercraft, and other products in state and federal courts across the country. He is also experienced in premises liability, insurance defense, and general tort litigation. In 2003, Mr. King graduated cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in English from The College of Wooster, where he graduated cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Anthony W. Overholt – Governmental Services
Mr. Overholt has extensive experience in representing schools and other municipal entities. He is a seasoned litigation attorney with numerous jury and bench trials in federal and state court with substantive concentration in labor, employment discrimination, general litigation and constitutional law. Mr. Overholt also has significant appellate experience. As part of his representation of local governments, he assists in negotiating collective bargaining agreements with public sector unions, as well as the management of the related public relations strategies.
Amy S. Wilson – Labor and
Ms. Wilson concentrates her practice in employment litigation and general business counseling. She represents employers in both federal and state court involving claims under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), covenants not to compete and wage claims. She also represents employers in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. In addition, Ms. Wilson counsels employers on litigation avoidance and provides training programs for clients and human resource professionals.
Tanya Yarbrough Bowman – Business Litigation
Ms. Bowman practices in the firm’s complex commercial litigation group, having joined the firm in May 2003. She graduated cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law in 2001, where she participated on the Moot Court Board and was the review editor for the Feral Communications Law Journal. Immediately after graduating from law school, Ms. Bowman practiced in Austin, Texas at a telecommunications boutique firm, where she was involved in a range of telecommunications and public utility regulation matters before state public utility commissions. Ms. Bowman is a member of the Women Lawyers’ Association and is involved in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Kelly W. Schulz –
Bankruptcy and Restructuring
Ms. Schulz focuses her practice representing clients with issues involving Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. She has significant experience representing automotive suppliers and OEMs with issues involving equipment purchases and leases, warranties and warranty claims, supply chain management and drafting and negotiation of supply contracts. She also regularly advises clients regarding customer and supplier bankruptcy issues and workouts. Ms. Schulz is Vice Chair of St. Albert the Great’s School Board, a member of the Executive Leadership Committee for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and a classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement of Louisville.
David O. Watson –
Tax, Benefits and Entrepreneurial Services
Mr. Watson recently relocated to Nashville from the firm’s Louisville, Ky. office, having been with the firm since 2006. Practicing in the firm’s tax and entrepreneurial business group, Mr. Watson has significant experience in equity financings, corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and public securities offerings. He has advised clients in a diverse base of industries, including software and social media, semiconductors, telecommunications, restaurants, life sciences, biotech and pharmaceuticals, and has practiced law in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto), Calif. and Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Watson returns to Tennessee after receiving his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1998, where he was the research editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and a John W. Wade Scholar.