Sunday, September 03, 2000

What's the Buzz?

F&J about to merge?

        The rumor on the street had the deal within hours of being done, but as of late this week, the prestigious Frost & Jacobs law firm had not reached a deal to merge with Brown, Todd & Heyburn of Louisville.

        Frost & Jacobs, based in the PNC Center downtown, is one of the three biggest law firms in the city, with close to 200 lawyers.

        Brown, Todd and Heyburn made news in 1997 when it talked about a merger with Cincinnati's Taft, Stettinius and Hollister, but that deal never happened. The Louisville firm includes about 180 lawyers in five offices, said Ed Glasscock, managing partner.

        “We talk with law firms throughout the region from time to time about expansion opportunities,” Mr. Glasscock said.

        Dick Erickson, acting chairman of the executive committee at Frost & Jacobs, responded to repeated questions in the same way: “We're always looking for ways to add value to our client relationships.”

        Legal sources said the deal has been on-again, off-again in recent days, with even Frost & Jacobs partners not completely sure it would happen.

        One of those partners, former executive committee chair Bill Hawkins, will leave Frost & Jacobs Sept. 15 to join the counsel's office at big client Convergys Corp.


— Cliff Peale

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