Ed is a business lawyer and serves as Chairman-Emeritus and Co-Chairman of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice. He also works with emerging companies on venture capital transactions. Elected at the age of 33 in 1977, Ed served for 23 years as managing member of the former Brown, Todd & Heyburn PLLC. He served as co-managing member of Frost Brown Todd for 8 years through December 31, 2008. In 1977, the firm had 38 attorneys with offices in Lexington and Louisville. Today, the firm has more than 500 attorneys and 14 offices in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Ed and his wife, Mary F., have two children, Mary Jane Kirkpatrick and Clinton Glasscock; and two granddaughters, Mary Elizabeth Kirkpatrick and Sarah Fordyce Kirkpatrick. His hobbies include reading, golf, thoroughbred racing, the arts, and sporting events.
“…the most influential lawyer in the entire state for corporate work.”
“…an icon’ who is ‘incredibly influential’ and ‘never loses his cool.”
“…star attorney and lawyer’s lawyer.”
“…the number one corporate attorney in the state.”
“…a go-to person for many complex transactions.”
“…a highly experienced professional with superb negotiating skills.”
“…a great negotiator who always finds a way to get the deal done.”
“…one of the most influential attorneys in Kentucky.”
“He has an imaginative way of putting people and legal principles together in a way that ensures success.”
“…a superb rainmaker who has done a lot to make the firm what it is today.”
“…a first class deal-maker.”
Source: Clients interviewed by Chambers USA©, America Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005 – 2019.
University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 1969, with high distinction
Order of the Coif
Kentucky Law Journal, Member of Staff, 1968-1969
Recipient, Outstanding Student Award, University of Kentucky, 1969 (selected from a student body of 14,000)
Phi Delta Phi, Graduate of the Year, 1968-1969
University of Kentucky, B.S., 1966, Civil Engineering
United States Supreme Court, 2019
The Best Lawyers in America®, selected and listed for over 25 years
The Best Lawyers in America® Louisville Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year, 2012
Chambers USA®, Corporate/M&A, 2015-2020
Chambers USA®, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2004-2020, listed and ranked as the Number One Corporate Merger & Acquisition Lawyer in Kentucky
AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® for 40 years
Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers® 2007-2019, ranked the number one corporate lawyer in Kentucky, 2008 and 2009
One of only four Kentuckians to receive the Woodrow Wilson Leadership Award from the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C., for Outstanding Community Service along with David Novak, former CEO of Yum! Owsley Brown, Jr., former CEO of Brown Forman and Christy Brown one of Louisville’s leading Philanthropist.
Recipient of the Catholic Education Foundation Community Service Award, 2013
Honorary Doctor of Laws, Bellarmine University, May 14, 2011
Recipient of Bellarmine’s Knight of Knights Award, 2005
Gold Cup Award for Outstanding Community Leadership, Greater Louisville, Inc., 2003
Hall of Fame, University of Kentucky College of Law, Member, 2003
Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, Member, 2002
Tom Simons Leadership Award, Leadership Louisville Foundation, 2002
Louisvillian of the Year Award, 2001
Recipient of the Greater Louisville Inc.’s Silver Fleur-de-Lis Award for Chairing The Bridges Coalition, for 4 years for the successful completion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.
University of Kentucky Jefferson County Alumni Club All American Award, 2001
Recipient of the Communicator of the Year Award in 2018, presented by Public Relations Society of America, Bluegrass Chapter
Selected in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 as a Partner in Healthcare for distinguished service in support and development of the Greater Louisville Health Care Community
Recognized by County Judge/Executive of Grayson County in a Proclamation on September 13, 2001 naming the day “Ed Glasscock Day”
Co-Chairman – KY WINS! (An organization promoting expanding gaming in Kentucky)
Co-Chairman – Kentucky LIFT, Inc. (An organization promoting local option sales tax)
General Counsel, Louisville Arena Authority, 2005-2020
Kentucky Bar Association, Outstanding Service Award, 1975
American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
University of Louisville, Member, Board of Overseers, 1991-present; Member, University of Louisville Athletic Board, 2009-2014
Kentucky Bar Association, Outstanding Service Award, 1975
American Bar Association Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, Member
J. Graham Brown Cancer Center, Board of Directors, 2012-present
Kentucky Center for the Arts, Chairman Emeritus, 2010-Present
Fund for the Arts; Executive Committee, 1995-present
Downtown Development Corporation, Board of Directors, 2007-present; Executive Committee, 2008-present
Junior Achievement, Capital Campaign Chair (raised $6,500,000 to build the James W. Robinson Junior Achievement Center for Freedom of Enterprise), 2005-present; Recipient Junior Achievement Hall of Fame
Frazier History Museum, Board of Directors and Member of Capital Campaign Committee, 2016-present
Center for Women & Families, Member, Board of Trustees
Impetus, Member, Executive Committee, 2017-present, an organization that promotes economic development opportunities for everyone, public education, and improved air service
GLI Renewal Task Force, Member, Executive Committee, 2020-present
University of Kentucky Law College, Past Chairman, Member, Visiting Committee, 1991-present
Bellarmine University, Member, Board of Trustees, 1988-present and Chairman, for 5 years
Member, Board of Advisors, U of L School of Business, 2007-present
Member, Kentucky Show, Inc., Board of Directors
Member, Board of Louisville Orchestra Foundation, 2019-present
Kentucky Center for the Arts, Chairman Emeritus, 2010-Present; Chairman, 1999-2009; Executive Committee, Member & Board Member, 1995-2010
Leadership Louisville Foundation, Board of Directors, Past Chairman, 2006-2007; Chairman of $3,000,000 Destination: Leadership Fundraising Committee, 2016-2018; Leadership Louisville’s main classroom named for Mary F. and Ed Glasscock.
Fund for the Arts; Chairman, 1997-1999
Greater Louisville Inc., Chairman, 2001-2002; Executive Committee, Board of Directors, 1997-2009
Unity Campaign for Merger of Louisville and Jefferson County, Chairman, Finance Committee (raised $1,500,000); Member, Strategy Committee
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 1997-2002; Member Post-Secondary Education Task Force, 2007; Member Strategic Planning Committee, 2007
Library Foundation, Member, Board of Directors; Member, Executive Committee, 1997-2001; 2005-2019
St. Xavier High School, Member, Board of Directors, 1991-2000
Metro United Way Campaign, Cabinet, 1993, 1995 & 1998
Louisville Regional Airlift Development Committee, Vice Chairman, 2017
Member, Advisory Board, LG&E-KU, 2012-2016
Member, Louisville Steering Committee, 2017
Regional Leadership Coalition (KIX), 2003-2015
Member, Steering Committee, The Parklands of Floyds Fork, 2011-2015
Joined with Dan Ulmer, Jack Hillerich and other investors to purchase the Louisville Redbirds, now Louisville Bats, and with Mayor Abramson’s support, and the City’s support, moved the Team to Slugger Field.
Joined with Ed Hart, Bruce Lunsford and Al J. Schneider Co. in 2014 to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom Theme Park.
Joined with Bruce Miller, Todd Blue and others in an aggressive, but unsuccessful, effort in 2014 to recruit the Charlotte Hornets and Vancouver Grizzles, NBA Teams to Louisville.
Joined with Jim Patterson, Junior Bridgemen, Dan Ulmer, Rick Duffy and others to purchase Long John’s Silver Restaurant chain in 2011 from Yum! and kept the headquarters in Louisville.