John R. Crockett  III - Frost Brown Todd LLC

John R. Crockett III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

John's practice focuses primarily in the areas of products liability, mass disaster litigation, and commercial litigation. In the areas of products liability and mass disaster litigation, his clients include manufacturers of electromechanical appliances and devices, building materials, furniture, bedding products and other consumer products which often are consumed in and blamed for the spread of fires.

John is Chairman of the Firm and is responsible for driving the firm's growth and strategic planning, merger opportunities, ancillary business ventures, and new business opportunities.

John is an experienced first chair trial lawyer, and deals regularly with experts in the fields of electrical, chemical and mechanical engineering, metallurgy, fire cause and origin, accident reconstruction, medical and accounting.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillBA 1986University of KentuckyJ.D. 1990
American Bar AssociationKentucky Bar AssociationLouisville Bar AssociationDefense Research Institute

Case History



John is both a business litigation and a fire/mass tort lawyer who currently represents clients in:

  • 2003 Rhode Island Station Night Club litigation
  • 2003 NV Mountain View Recreation Center fire in Pahrump, Nevada
  • 2004 arson fire at a Greenville, South Carolina Comfort Inn
  • 2006 Harlan County, Kentucky Darby coal mine explosion
  • 2006 Mizpah Hotel fire in Reno, Nevada

These cases are the latest in a fire litigation practice which started with the 1990 Happy Land Social Club fire in the Bronx, New York, and has included large warehouse fires in Erie, Pennsylvania and Jackson, Tennessee, the 2003 West Pharmaceutical Plant explosion in Kinston, North Carolina, and the 2003 CTA Acoustics Plant explosion in Corbin, Kentucky.

General Electric Company: Since 1993, John has served as counsel for the largest major appliance manufacturer in the United States, General Electric Company, in litigation resulting from alleged defects and failures in appliances and electrical devices. He has represented General Electric in over 30 states.

LG&E Energy and E.On U.S.: For a number of years John has represented this large public utility in connection with fire litigation, electrical contact cases, and other tort claims.

John also practices extensively in the areas of commercial and construction litigation. He handles a wide array of commercial contract disputes, and represents clients in litigation arising from alleged defective construction of residential housing and commercial projects.

Office Location

400 West Market Street, Suite 3200
Louisville, KY 40202-3363
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Complex Litigation, Defendants, Mass Disaster, Product Liability)
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants