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Frost Brown Todd (FBT) Member Gregory S. Shumate will take the reins as Member-in-Charge of the firm’s Florence office effective immediately. Shumate succeeds Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, who died on May 9. As Member-in-Charge, Shumate will be responsible for client development initiatives, civic and charitable involvement, and community outreach in the Northern Kentucky area.

“I enthusiastically endorse Greg for this role. Greg is a great asset to the firm and has been instrumental in helping lead our Northern Kentucky efforts,” says FBT’s CEO George Yund.

Active in politics for many years, Shumate has served as the chairman of the Kenton County Republican Party since 1997. He also has a long history of service to his community and was recently appointed by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin to serve on the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents. Additionally, he is active on several charitable boards, including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, People Working Cooperatively, and the HealthPoint Family Care Foundation. Shumate also is a founding member of “Suits That Rock,” which for more than 10 years has benefitted The Carnegie’s summer art program for children, and is musical director of the “Rock the Foundation” event benefitting the Cincinnati Bar Foundation. He has served on the Kentucky Arts Council Board of Directors, the Kentucky State Board of Elections, as chairman of the Kentucky division of the Greater Cincinnati Fine Arts Fund drive (ArtsWave), as vice president of The Carnegie, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, the Covington Business Council, the Kenton County Transportation Task Force, and the Northern Kentucky Encyclopedia Steering Committee. Shumate was chosen among the “40 Under Forty” business leaders of Greater Cincinnati, has been selected to be a member of Leadership Kentucky, and was appointed Special Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court in 2004.

Shumate, who joined FBT in 2010, practices in corporate law, business succession planning, commercial law and administrative law. He represents a wide variety of businesses, including many family-owned companies, counseling them on various corporate-related matters, such as contracts, covenants not to compete, government incentives, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and succession planning.

“I’m thrilled to take on this new role, and I hope to protect and build upon the legacy that has been left to us with Bill’s passing,” says Shumate.

Shumate received his J.D. in 1987 from the University of Kentucky College of Law and is licensed in both Ohio and Kentucky.