Thomas L. Gabelman

T 513.651.6142
F 513.651.6981
301 East Fourth Street
Great American Tower, Suite 3300
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Tom Gabelman is a member in the firm's finance and real estate group and serves as chair of Frost Brown Todd's Public Private Partnerships (P3) Group. Tom joined the firm in 2012 from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease where he served as legal counsel in the commercial and real estate practice group.

Throughout his career, Tom has developed substantial expertise in the public-private partnership arena, with a focus on developing large, complex projects throughout the region and has served as Project Counsel to multiple public and private entities regarding major P3 infrastructure projects. Tom has extensive experience dealing with complex real estate, public law and finance and governmental transactions, and represents state and local authorities and municipalities, as well as national and international investors, developers and contractors in financings, real estate acquisitions and construction projects.

Tom Gabelman has served as Project Counsel to Hamilton County, Ohio on one of the largest P3 projects undertaken in Ohio. Since 1997, Gabelman has been extensively involved with the negotiation of various agreements pertaining to the $2.7 billion Redevelopment of Southern Ohio’s Gateway along Cincinnati’s downtown riverfront area known as “The Banks”. The Banks Project, one of the largest social/transportation P3’s undertaken in the Midwest, involves the construction of new stadia for the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals, two new museums, reconfiguration of major interstate highways and other transportation, transit and infrastructure improvements to leverage an estimated $1 Billion in private residential, commercial, educational and retail development, including the construction of General Electric’s US Global Operations Center. The Banks Project includes major public transportation improvements totaling over $500 million, combined with up to 3 million square feet of private development. Mr. Gabelman also serves as Special Project Counsel to Butler County, Ohio on the $400 million Liberty Town Square mixed-use development project.

Mr. Gabelman also serves as counsel to ODOT with respect to $2.7 billion Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project between Ohio and Kentucky. The $2.7 billion project involves the rehabilitation of the existing Brent Spence Bridge, construction of a new bridge that will double the capacity of the current bridge and the rehabilitation of approximately 8 miles of highway that currently carries both I-75 and I-71 traffic through the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area which connects the region to eight other states as far north as Michigan and as far south as Florida. The Brent Spence Bridge has been classified as "functionally obsolete" based on Federal Highway Administration criteria set for the National Bridge Inventory.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Construction Law, 2007-2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation - Construction, 2013 - 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year 2016 - Construction Law
  • Chambers USA, Construction, 2012-2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® - Construction/Surety 2004-2019
  • Cincinnati Magazine, Leading Lawyer Corporate Counsel, 2005-2008
  • Leadership Cincinnati Class XXIII/Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2000; Steering Committee Member, 2001-2006
  • Hamilton County Distinguished Citizen Award, 2008
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • AV-Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honorary
  • Commencement Orator, University of Cincinnati
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society/Scholarship Honorary

Press Releases

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Kelly-Carol Foundation for Children with Cancer, Board President, 2001-present
  • Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services, Trustee and Board Chair, 2000-present
  • Hamilton County/City of Cincinnati Banks Working Group - Cincinnati Riverfront Development
  • Joint Banks Steering Committee, Member, 2006-present
  • Children's Hospital Leadership Council, 1996-2002
  • Cincinnati Zoo, Legal Committee, 1996-2001
  • American Arbitration Association, Regional Advisory Council, 1991-1996
  • Hamilton County Association for Retarded Citizens, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1990-1993; President 1987-1990; Board Member 1985-1994
  • Allied Construction Industries
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Leadership Council
  • St. Mary Athletic Association, President, 1992-1995

Other Contact Info

Alternate Office

Florence Office
7310 Turfway Road
Suite 210
Florence, Kentucky 41042-1374
T: 859.817.5900
F: 859.283.5902


Jennifer Goins
T 513.651.6803