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Frost Brown Todd elects chairman

Robert V. Sartin
Robert V. Sartin

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 20, 2017) – The members of Frost Brown Todd have elected Robert V. Sartin to serve as chairman of the firm. Sartin’s initial three-year term begins Jan. 1, 2018.

Sartin has served on FBT’s nine-person executive committee since 2012. He joined the firm in 2006 and was member-in-charge of the Lexington office from 2008-11. He has previously served on the firm’s strategic planning, finance, and advancement committees. Sartin also co-chairs the firm’s Automotive Industry team.

As chairman, Sartin will focus on driving the firm’s growth and strategic planning, ancillary business ventures, and new business opportunities. He will also serve on the firm’s executive and compensation committees.

“It is such a distinct honor to be elected as chairman of this great law firm,” Sartin said. “Frost Brown Todd is a remarkable and diverse collection of highly skilled lawyers and dedicated administrative professionals. It is a firm with a tremendous legacy and a very bright future, and I am privileged to have the opportunity to lead it.”

FBT Chairman Emeritus Ed Glasscock reflected on Sartin’s election. “I recruited Robert to the firm to help grow our Lexington office in 2006. His emergence as a top lawyer and dynamic leader has been a surprise to no one. The experience and perspective he has gained from leading our Lexington office and Automotive Industry team will be invaluable as we continue to serve our clients across the region.”

FBT Louisville Member-in-Charge Geoff White said, “Robert has played an enormously important role in FBT’s growth into a super-regional firm. He understands that the best path forward for the firm is to continue to emphasize client-first collaboration across our entire footprint. We operate in an extremely competitive environment and Robert knows from experience that a seamless offering of our deep and talented bench is one of the strongest advantages we have both in serving clients and in recruiting talented lawyers to the firm.”

With 147 lawyers, FBT Louisville is the largest law office in Kentucky.

Sartin succeeds John R. Crockett, III, who has served as FBT’s chairman for the past nine years. As previously announced, Crockett is leaving the firm in January to join the senior leadership team at Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities Company.

“Robert is already a highly respected leader on many levels within our firm,” Crockett said. “He has repeatedly demonstrated tremendous vision to see opportunities where others might see only challenges. Robert is a great friend and a trusted ally, and I cannot think of a more qualified leader to guide the firm forward.”

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 more than 500 lawyers, FBT has grown to become one of the largest law firms in Mid America.