Tell us about your company
Frost Brown Todd (FBT) is a full-service law firm with offices in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. We have currently over 500 lawyers across our eight-state footprint. We serve a diverse client base, from global multi-nationals to small, entrepreneurial companies.
FBT’s Columbus office opened in August 1988. Today, it accommodates more than 40 legal professionals. We provide legal counsel in Business and Corporate Law, Lending and Commercial Services, Environmental Law, Governmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, Labor and Employment Law, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Insurance Bad Faith and Product Liability Defense.
Our attorneys actively take part on boards of community and charitable groups. These include the United Way of Central Ohio, American Red Cross of Greater Columbus, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.
What motivated your organization to get involved with NAWBO?
FBT, through its involvement with NAWBO Columbus, wants to support diversity in corporate America. The firm would like to develop relationships with local business women and decision-makers. We would also like to train associates on the importance of community involvement, client relationship development and networking.
The Women’s Initiative is part of the office’s growth strategy. The vision of the Women’s Initiative is to support relationship development between our women attorneys in the Columbus office and the female-owned business sector in the city. The involvement of our office in the national convention of NAWBO in September 2016 exposed us to women business owners from all over the country. This led to the Columbus office corporate partnership with NAWBO Columbus.
What does your company offer NAWBO members and why is this important to them?
The female attorneys in the office have been making new contacts at each monthly meeting and other events hosted by the chapter. The office is planning to host a hot topics seminar and invite NAWBO members to attend, network, and learn about strategies for their businesses. Our relationship with NAWBO furthers our commitment to diversity and inclusion. It also provides FBT significant exposure to a wealth of businesses across Central Ohio.
What is the one best practice you’ve learned from working with businesses in your company that our members should know?
Productive business and growth results from strong relationships. At FBT, we focus on building knowledge of the client’s business. We listen to the voice of the client first and build our client work around those elements. The best results occur when both our team and the client’s team are vested in building that relationship into something that lasts and yields success over time.