Paul E. Sullivan

T 859.244.3211
F 859.231.0011
Lexington Financial Center, 250 West Main Street
Suite 2800
Lexington, Kentucky 40507-1749

Paul is a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC in the corporate and litigation departments.  His practice is concentrated in mergers, acquisitions and complex corporate transactions and litigation within the banking, and minerals extraction industries.

Paul represents a number of financial institutions in Kentucky and energy companies in Kentucky and surrounding states. He has acted as lead counsel in numerous acquisitions, mergers and offerings in the banking and natural resource industries.

Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, Paul was a partner with Park & Sullivan which merged to form the Lexington office of Frost Brown Todd LLC.


Recent natural resources industry experience includes:

Acted as lead attorney in acquisition of two different public coal companies and thereafter taking them public;

Acted as lead counsel in numerous coal asset acquisitions over a period of 40 years in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and Colorado involving billions of dollars in consideration;

Participated as counsel of record in various litigations involving coal procurement contract disputes, mineral disputes, as well as other regulatory and contractual disputes affecting the coal industry; and

Acted as co-counsel in major tax litigation involving both domestic and foreign coal transactions.

Recent banking industry experience includes:

Served as General Counsel to the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions; Currently serving on the Board of Directors of one of the largest banking companies in Kentucky; and

Represented different banking organizations in the acquisition of numerous banks and bank affiliates over a period of 40 years.

Other highlights and experience include:

Served on the Board of Directors and various committees of Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., a Fortune 500 company until it was acquired by Xerox in 2010;

Successful structuring of a $700 million tender offer for a publicly traded company; and  

Several business acquisitions involving public and private entities, union and nonunion organizations, various tax structures, utilization of all forms of public and private financing.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Litigation - Banking & Finance, 1995-2019
  • Chambers USA® America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2011, 2012
  • Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Energy & Natural Resources, 2007-2016
  • AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Department of Banking & Securities, General Counsel
  • Department of Labor for the State of Kentucky, Acting General Counsel

Press Releases

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Central Bancshares, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Central Bank and Trust Co., Board of Directors
  • Central Bank FSB, Board of Directors

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Co-Author: “The Taxation of ‘Real Profit’: Towards a Laissez-Faire Revenue Code,” Nebraska Law Review, 1972

Other Contact Info


Joni Mitchell
T 859.244.7503