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Frost Brown Todd (FBT) is announcing the addition of two new attorneys to its Nashville office.

Richard (Rick) J. Nickels has joined the firm’s Estates, Trusts and Wills practice group. For nearly 20 years, Nickels’ legal focus has been to represent privately held companies, families and individuals in corporate and estate planning matters. He advises on federal transfer and income taxes, and drafts wills and a range of other estate planning documents. On the corporate side, Nickels advises owners, directors and executives of closely held companies in matters such as early-stage structure and funding, mid-stage buyouts and divorces, and late-stage exits.

Carl Eppler has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property Law and Litigation practice group, where he advises clients on trademark and copyright issues, and assists in negotiating and drafting intellectual property licensing and protection agreements. He also provides counsel on advertising review and clearance, sweepstakes and promotions, social media and compliance with various Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requirements. Eppler also counsels clients in the entertainment industry on transactional and litigation matters.

FBT’s Nashville team of attorneys and legal staff has a wide range of knowledge and skills and is led by Member-in-Charge Mekesha Montgomery. The group has specialized industry experience representing clients in the automotive, government relations, payments industry, financial institutions, technology and international sectors.