Frost Brown Todd motors into Michigan, opens Ann Arbor office

Frost Brown Todd has expanded its midwestern footprint by opening an office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, its first in the state.

The law firm, which has an office in Indianapolis, tapped venture capital attorney Terrence J.L. Reeves to lead the Michigan office and work with Frost Brown Todd’s clients in startup and emerging companies as well as in venture capital funds. Most recently he was an attorney in the corporate and securities practice group at Pepper Hamilton in Detroit.

“With deep roots in the automotive industry, this expansion into the northern edge of ‘Auto Alley’ allows us to better serve our existing clients,” said Frost Brown Todd chairman Robert V. Sartin. “Bringing together an experienced veteran venture capital attorney like Terrence with our mobility and transportation, manufacturing, technology and health care industry teams will provide a comprehensive understanding of the most prevalent trades in the region to future clients.”

Reeves will be joined in the Ann Arbor office by current senior associate John Gaviglio, who has been serving a three-year secondment in the region with one of the world’s top automotive manufacturers. Associate Brittany L. Bradshaw will also join the office. Like Reeves, she comes from Pepper Hamilton, where she worked in the corporate and securities, emerging growth and automotive practice groups.

This expansion comes as Frost Brown is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its legacy firm Frost & Jacobs which opened in 1919 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then the AmLaw 200 firm has grown to 13 markets including Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; Charleston, West Virginia; and Richmond, Virginia.

According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, Frost Brown Todd ranked as the eighth-largest law firm in Indianapolis this year, based on number of attorneys. The firm counted 70 Indianapolis attorneys as of May 8, out of more than 530 nationwide.

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