The law firm of Frost Brown Todd, which has had a presence in Indianapolis for more than a decade, has added a 14th location to its roster, announcing this week the opening of its newest office in Houston.
The Houston office is the firm’s second location in Texas, alongside Dallas.
“Our clients have been requesting a Houston location for some time,” FBT chairman Robert Sartin said in a news release. “… The business community and the legal profession are facing unprecedented challenges. Though many law firms have found it necessary to retract, FBT has created a solid foundation that makes this a pivotal time to expand.”
The firm’s Houston location will include nine attorneys led by Zenobia Harris Bivens, the Houston member-in-charge. The attorneys have expertise in such industries as energy, construction, manufacturing, health care, sports & entertainment, and finance.
Four of the Houston attorneys — members Kenneth Breitbeil, Greg Eidman and Courtney Gahm-Oldham and associate Stephen Crowder — are coming to Frost from the small Houston firm of McFall, Breitbeil & Eidman, P.C. Two others — Cleve Glenn and Patrick LaRue — are coming from large international firm Lewis Brisbois, while Ken Bullock comes the midsize Texas firm Munsch Hardt.
Also, Brian Michael Cooper, the former XFL Houston Roughnecks president, is marking his return to private practice by joining the FBT Houston office.
“As we continue to grow, we want the Houston office to reflect the diversity, energy, and strong ties to the community that are integral to Houston’s culture, particularly right now as we all face significant challenges. That is why each of our attorneys is committed to civic engagement,” Bivens said in a statement. “We routinely handle pro bono cases and volunteer for organizations like the Boy Scouts, Houston Cares Animal Rescue, and autism advocates Hope For Three. We look forward to continued service to our community and dedication to our clients.”
In addition to Texas, Frost Brown Todd has offices in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Indianapolis office was opened in 2009 following the merger with the former firm Locke Reynolds. According to Indianapolis Business Journal data, FBT is the seventh-largest firm serving central Indiana, with 72 attorneys and 129 employees as of May 20.