CINCINNATI — National law firm Frost Brown Todd (FBT) and California-based AlvaradoSmith are announcing their plan to merge. The combination will add new depth to FBT’s core practices and industry teams while expanding its geographic reach to key California legal markets. Meanwhile, it allows AlvaradoSmith, a leading minority-owned firm with deep ties to the region’s diverse business community, to broaden its reach and enhance the range of services available to its clients.
The addition of AlvaradoSmith’s 23 lawyers will give the combined firm more than 575 attorneys in 17 offices across nine states and Washington, D.C. In California, the firm will operate under the name Frost Brown Todd AlvaradoSmith through 2023 and then fully absorb the FBT name. The combination, which takes effect January 1, 2023, will add offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco to FBT’s national network.
FBT is a full-service law firm with over a century of experience, serving regional, national, and international clients in a range of industries, including the energy, finance, health care, manufacturing, and technology industries. Although FBT has its roots in Mid-America, within the past decade it has expanded to offices in Pittsburgh, Houston, Dallas, and Washington, D.C., all while preserving its collaborative, people and client-first culture.
AlvaradoSmith has first-rate practice groups in business litigation, employment, real estate, energy, environment, and government services that will complement and strengthen FBT’s offerings in the California market – particularly in the energy and renewables sector. Further, AlvaradoSmith’s experience serving clients in several Latin American countries complements Frost Brown Todd’s existing Latin American practice. Smith and Salinas will co-chair FBT’s Latin America desk providing a gateway for additional international work.
Smith will serve as Partner-in-Charge of the Orange County office and co-chair of FBT’s diversity and inclusion committee, contributing to the firm’s longstanding commitment and actions to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in law, business, and society. Salinas will serve as Partner-in-Charge of the Los Angeles office on the firm’s partner personnel committee. Theodore Bacon will serve as Partner-in-Charge of the San Francisco office and on the firm’s Associate Personnel Committee
Together, the combined firm will offer robust regional and national practices, particularly in energy and renewables, technology, manufacturing, mobility and infrastructure, and public/private partnerships.
California represents a significant milestone in FBT’s recent growth. Representing approximately 15% of U.S. GDP, California is one of the country’s most dynamic business and legal environments, often setting regulations and standards that drive decision-making beyond its borders. Health care, technology, and energy—some of FBT’s key service areas—are among the fastest-growing industries in the state. The addition of AlvaradoSmith, a well-established California firm with a long track record of success, will allow the combined firm to serve both new and existing clients in the state and beyond.
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