LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2017) – Frost Brown Todd has announced that John R. Crockett III will be general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary of Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities Company.
The utilities announced today that Crockett, who has been FBT’s chairman for the past nine years, will join the company in early January. Dorothy O’Brien, LG&E and KU’s interim general counsel, will work with Crockett through a transition period prior to her retirement in February 2018, the company said.
Pursuant to its operating agreement, FBT will choose Crockett’s successor via a nominating committee and voting process among its members.
“It has been a privilege to work with John over the years and we congratulate him and wish him much success in his future role. It is difficult to lose an outstanding leader, great partner and good friend; however, this is a wonderful opportunity for him to join a great organization and we know he will serve LG&E well,” said FBT Chairman Emeritus Ed Glasscock. “We also recognize the outstanding work Dot O’Brien has done in her long tenure at LG&E, including her role as Interim General Counsel. We are pleased that she will work with John through this transition and we wish her all the best in her retirement.”
Geoff White, member-in-charge of FBT’s Louisville office said, “John has done a tremendous job leading the firm for the past nine years. He has been a team builder from the start and that approach further accelerated FBT’s growth into a super-regional firm. John recognized that the strength of Frost Brown Todd and our ability to best serve our clients come from the collective talents of a diverse team across the entire footprint of the firm. We are confident that the collaborative culture John has fostered positions us for continued growth and long-term success.”
Crockett joined Brown Todd & Heyburn in 1990. The firm merged with Frost & Jacobs in 2000 to become Frost Brown Todd LLC. Crockett became the firm’s chairman in 2009, succeeding Glasscock. During Crockett’s tenure as chairman, the firm expanded to Indianapolis, Dallas and Pittsburgh, in addition to continuing to grow in its existing markets. With 146 lawyers, FBT’s Louisville office is the largest law office in Kentucky.
“For nearly 30 years, Frost Brown Todd has been my home,” Crockett said. “It has been a personal and professional privilege to help lead the firm in a period of such significant growth, and I can’t imagine a more gratifying experience in private practice. I am honored to step from one outstanding organization to another, and look forward to this new opportunity with such a great company and corporate citizen.”
Crockett’s responsibilities at the firm include driving the firm’s growth and strategic planning, merger opportunities, ancillary business ventures, and new business opportunities. Crockett also serves on the firm’s executive and compensation committees, as will his successor.