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Associates from nine offices in five states promoted to members

Frost Brown Todd (FBT) has promoted 21 attorneys to member. This diverse group includes attorneys working in nine of the firm’s 14 markets in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Texas and Tennessee. Their practices range from labor and employment, real estate and commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), to intellectual property, bankruptcy, and business litigation, among others. The promotions took effect on April 1.

FBT’s newest member promotions are as follows:

Jennifer Bame is a labor and employment attorney based in FBT’s Louisville office. She assists clients with all manner of labor and employment matters, including federal and state litigation, appeals, arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, internal investigations, and day-to-day employment advice. Bame is a graduate of Washington University School of Law.

Thaddeus Boggs is a Columbus-based attorney with the government services practice. His practice focuses on land use and economic development issues. He serves as general counsel to the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority and law director for the City of Canal Winchester, Ohio. He graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Frank Carson concentrates his Columbus-based practice on litigating insurance coverage and bad faith claims, products liability, and general tort claims. He has extensive trial experience defending both insurers and self-insured manufacturers with claims involving significant personal injury and/or death. He earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Tessa Castner is in the labor and employment group in the Cincinnati office. She litigates and advises on various areas of employment law, including wrongful terminations, employment discrimination, wage and hour law, non-competition agreements, and trade secrets. Castner earned her J.D. from Washington University School of Law.

Rachael High Chamberlain practices tax law in FBT’s Florence office, focusing on state and local and nonprofit taxation. She assists clients with tax planning and litigation, federal and state tax credits, economic incentive deals, and voluntary disclosure program applications. Chamberlain graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law. She currently serves as the secretary of the Taxation Section of the Kentucky Bar Association.

Matthew J. Clark is an Indianapolis-based intellectual property attorney. Clark practices primarily in the areas of trademark, copyright and entertainment law. He has considerable experience representing clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and regularly advises on a wide range of transactional matters involving intellectual property. Clark graduated from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Austin Conner practices commercial finance in Dallas, where he advises clients in a wide range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, and commercial contracts. He also assists clients with limited liability company agreements, limited partnership agreements, bylaws and officer’s certificates and resolutions. He earned his J.D. at University of Houston Law Center.

Sandra Eismann-Harpen is a commercial finance and real estate attorney based in Cincinnati. She focuses her practice on commercial real estate transactions, including permanent loans, construction financing, acquisitions, sales, and leases. Prior to joining FBT, she had 14 years of experience working in the financial services industry. She earned her J.D. at the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

Ryan Goellner is a Cincinnati-based business litigation attorney. He focuses on defending businesses small to large against breach of fiduciary duty claims, business torts, and defamation lawsuits, as well as prosecuting and defending appeals in cross-country jurisdictions on everything from medical malpractice to government contracting. Goellner graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Jack Hemenway works with the government services practice group in FBT’s West Chester office. He advises clients on compliance with federal and state labor and employment issues, employment litigation, collective bargaining negotiations and labor arbitrations. Hemenway graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law.

Kirby Ifland is a corporate attorney in FBT’s Lexington office. His practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions, and other complex corporate transactions. He also serves as outside general counsel to privately held businesses and private equity firms, and practices appellate litigation before state and federal courts of appeals. Kirby is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Benjamin Katz is a bankruptcy and restructuring attorney in FBT’s Nashville office. He is outside general counsel to companies in the electronic payments industry and helps automakers manage supply chain crises that threaten production. Katz also represents various stakeholders in complex bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings throughout the country. He graduated from Emory University School of Law.

Scott Krapf is an Indianapolis-based public finance attorney. He advises various businesses, public and private entities, boards and commissions on administrative and operational matters, entity formation, contract negotiations, governance, and general corporate compliance, among others. He earned his J.D. at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Todd Lewis practices tax law in FBT’s Lexington office. His focus is on estate planning, probate estate and trust administration, and advising clients in business succession, asset protection, wealth transfer, and charitable giving. Lewis earned his J.D. from the Charleston School of Law and his LL.M. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. 

Darnell McCoy is a Louisville-based real estate attorney representing investors, developers and lenders in a wide range of commercial real estate transactions, leasing, and governmental compliance matters. McCoy has significant experience with low-income housing and historic tax credit equity transactions and tax-exempt bond financing. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Trent Moyer is an intellectual property attorney in Cincinnati. He uses his patent, trademark and trade secrets expertise to help clients leverage their technologies for improved competitive advantage. Moyer previously worked as a welding engineer for a major defense contractor. He graduated with a J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Patricia Plavko practices corporate law in FBT’s West Chester office. She advises clients on a range of transactional issues, including business combinations, securities compliance, and corporate governance. Plavko graduated from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

Jenny Rulon works as a labor and employment attorney in West Chester. She advises clients on all aspects of employment law, including issues related to hiring and firing, workplace investigations, employment policies, and wage and hour law, and affirmative action. Rulon graduated from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Meghan Jackson Tyson is a CMBS lending and servicing attorney in Louisville, where she primarily represents institutional lenders in commercial mortgage-backed securities transactions. Her lending and real estate experience also includes commercial development and leasing, warehouse lending, defeasance substitutions, loan modifications and workouts. She graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Caitlin Vetter is a product, tort, and insurance attorney in Columbus. She focuses on litigating insurance coverage and bad faith claims. Her practice also includes prosecution and defense of contract disputes, business torts, and product liability cases. Vetter is a graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

A.J. Webb is a bankruptcy and restructuring attorney in Cincinnati. He counsels companies facing varying degrees of financial uncertainty and distress. He represents companies in all phases of bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, selling or acquiring distressed assets, and assisting parties in restructurings or out-of-court-workouts. He earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.