Robert V. Sartin

T 615.251.5553
F 615.251.5551
The Pinnacle at Symphony Place
150 3rd Avenue South, Suite 1900
Nashville, Tennessee 37201

Robert is the chairman and a member of Frost Brown Todd. Robert moved to Nashville from Lexington in 2011 to help expand the firm's presence in the Nashville market. Robert maintains a Lexington office where he served as the Member-in-Charge from 2008 until late 2011 when he relocated to Nashville. Robert serves on the firm's nine-person Executive Committee and has previously served on the firm's Strategic Planning, Finance and Advancement Committees. He co-chairs the firm's Automotive Industry Team.

Robert has 17+ years experience representing companies and chapter 11 debtors in a wide variety of business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, strategic alliances, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, debt transactions, bankruptcy and tax matters. Robert has experience in automotive, biopharmaceuticals, coal, equine, health care and telecommunications.

Representative Client Matters

Serves as Frost Brown Todd's service team leader for Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. and leads Frost Brown Todd's representation of Toyota, with an emphasis in supplier and risk management matters.

Represents other OEMs and Tier suppliers in mergers and acquisitions, supply chain management and various other business matters.

Serves as lead outside counsel to a Louisville telecommunications company. Robert helped lead a management buyout of the company from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2003 and has continued the representation with matters involving multimillion-dollar private placements, secured debt financings, asset and stock acquisitions and a recent reverse takeover merger with a public company.

Represents and has represented large coal companies in general corporate matters including secured debt financings, coal lease issues, corporate restructurings and asset and stock acquisitions. Representative transactions range from $5 million to $860 million financings and/or acquisitions.

Serves as lead outside counsel to international veterinarian equine practice, having represented the company in converting from a corporation to a limited liability company; negotiating member buy-ins and buy-outs; corporate refinancings and other corporate matters. 

Serves as lead outside counsel to a medical device start-up company having represented the company in all phases of the start-up including a multimillion-dollar private placement; interaction with patent counsel; negotiating buy-sell and other operating agreement matters; and negotiating hospital servicing agreements.

Serves as lead outside counsel to a biopharmaceutical company developing cancer therapies. Previously represented the founder from early stage venture funding through a strategic alliance with a large multinational to the successful sale to a Taiwanese company.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2006-2018
  • AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers® 2012-2014, 2017
  • BTI Client Service All Star, 2014
  • Nashville Post In-Charge, 2013, 2014

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member

Press Releases

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • The Lexington Polo Club, President, 2008; Treasurer, 2007
  • Leadership Kentucky, Class of 2009
  • Bluegrass Tomorrow, 2008-2010

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Author: Developing an Effective Acquisition Strategy for a Distressed Business Requires Knowing and Understanding the "Why"

Co-Author: "Bankruptcy Issues for the Real Estate Practitioner", Kentucky Real Estate Law & Practice, Fourth Edition, Vol. II

Inside the Minds: Buying and Selling Distressed Businesses, Aspatore, 2012 Edition.

Speaker: Current and Emerging Issues in Small Business and Individual Reorganizations
73rd Judicial Conference of the Sixth Circuit
Detroit, MI, 5/13/2015

Speaker: Buy-Sell Creditor Protection Planning and Other Legal Topics
Hosted by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute
Veterinary Management Group Conference
Oklahoma City, OK, 1/21/2011
Portland, ME, 8/17/2007

Author: A Practical Approach to Financial Restructuring and Commercial Bankruptcies in the Automotive, Coal, and Equine Sectors
Inside the Minds: Buying and Selling Distressed Businesses, Aspatore, 2010 Edition.

Speaker: Preference Strategies and Other Insolvency Issues for Creditors
30th Mineral Law Conference
Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, 2005

Co-Author and Presenter: Prevent Costly Mistakes Through the Correct Entity Choice in Kentucky
National Business Institute, 2005

Other Contact Info

Alternate Office

Lexington Office
Lexington Financial Center, 250 West Main Street
Suite 2800
Lexington, Kentucky 40507-1749
T: 859.231.0000
F: 859.231.0011


Jessica VanAmburg
T 615.743.6749