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 Sartin, the chairman of Frost Brown Todd (FBT), has been one of the prime movers behind the firm’s growth and forward momentum. In 2009, in the wake of the OEM bailouts, Robert demonstrated his leadership when he convened FBT’s Automotive Industry Task Force and later relocated his practice to Nashville where he helped the firm capitalize on the region’s burgeoning auto space. Today, the Automotive Industry Team is among the firm’s most esteemed and accomplished teams; their annual symposium, AutoConnect, draws thought leaders and industry titans from around the globe.

Throughout his decades-long career, Robert has worked in some of the most heavily regulated sectors – from the coal and auto industries, to new ventures in health care and biopharmaceuticals – often acting as lead outside counsel for large national and multinational companies. Robert routinely advises clients on important contractual, transactional, tax and compliance matters, including asset and stock acquisitions, M&A’s, joint venture formation and dissolution, private placements, tax planning, refinancings and corporate restructurings.

Robert also oversees an active practice, fully committed to providing clients with reliable, value-added counsel. As chairman, Robert oversees all 12 of FBT’s offices as well as the firm’s ancillary business ventures. He serves or has served on the Strategic Planning, Finance, Advancement, and Executive Committees.

Representative Client Matters

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

Represents other OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in mergers and acquisitions, supply chain management and various other business matters.

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; and managing corporate refinancings and other corporate matters.

Served 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.

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® 2012-2017
  • BTI Client Service All Star, 2014
  • Nashville Post In-Charge Legal, 2013-2017

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



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