Patrick R. Northam - Frost Brown Todd LLC

Patrick R. Northam

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Patrick is a member of the firm’s Louisville office, practicing in its Business Combinations and Capital Transactions, and Energy and Natural Resources, practice groups.

He serves as corporate, transactional and business counsel to numerous public and privately-owned industrial, commercial and service businesses, including in connection with merger, divestiture, acquisition, partnership and joint venture transactions, company formations and liquidations, company leadership and governance, project and infrastructure development transactions, intellectual property development and licensing transactions, recourse and non-recourse financings, product development, sales and distribution programs, and executive employment and compensation plans.

Patrick has provided extensive services and representations to clients in the following industries: retail energy sales; power generation (including fossil fuel and renewable energy); natural gas production, transportation and distribution; chemicals manufacturing; aluminum production; coal mining and marketing; automotive production and sales; steel tank fabrication; medical products and devices; sporting goods; distilled spirits; telecommunications; paints and coatings; engineering and public works; print media; employee benefit and actuarial consulting; real estate brokerage; franchised restaurants and commercial graphics.

He is also a principal legal advisor to national and regional energy services companies with responsibility for numerous domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, power project developments, strategic alliances and other corporation and transactional matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Patrick was a member at a major law firm in Louisville, where he served in its Corporate and Transactional Practice Group and was a member of that firm’s senior leadership, including serving as its Deputy Chairman.

Indiana UniversityBA 1984University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of LawJ.D. 1987

Client Comments

"Pat is a superb transactional lawyer in whom we have a high level of confidence. He is sophisticated; he sees the big picture but focuses on details. He is responsive and has a sound knowledge of the business implications of his recommendations. Pat is practical, and excellent at anticipating potential problem areas and drafting against them."

"Patrick Northam is one of the most thorough and down-to-earth commercial attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Pat has consistently given us a quality agreement that is to the benefit of our Company, while considering the needs of all parties involved. He has a knack of making the complex less so."

"Pat is a partner in solving business challenges. He can balance legal vs. business issues to help achieve value-added solutions. He has a strong work ethic and client orientation. I value his opinion and appreciate his approach to finding solutions rather than only finding obstacles. This "can do" approach always adds value."

"Pat is extremely diligent and works hard to fully understand his clients' business needs. He excels at analyzing complex issues and developing thoughtful solutions. Pat has been a valued contributor to our success in a broad range of commercial matters."

"Mr. Northam has an extraordinary ability to bring the largest and most complex transactions to closing, while seeing that every detail has been addressed. His dedication to client goals is unquestionable."

"John McCall is tenacious and thorough. His contract terms are an impregnable fortress. He is a great commercial and energy lawyer."

-John McCall
Frost Brown Todd

"Pat is one of the top transactional attorneys I have encountered in my 16 years of practicing law in the context of complex, sophisticated transactions. He is meticulous and thorough, and he ensures that clients consider the important ramifications of the language selections in agreements. Pat is also effective in a way that a number of top attorneys are not. He can communicate effectively with people at all levels of the organization. This ensures that we do not have a misunderstanding or lapse, which can very easily occur when attorneys do not communicate effectively. Pat has been an invaluable resource to E.ON U.S. over the years, and we consider him to be an irreplaceable member of the team in managing certain areas of our legal work. I would highly recommend Pat for inclusion in the Best Lawyers list. "

-Steven Phillips
Director, Compliance and Ethics

"I have known Patrick for over 20 years, both from working with him and as a client. His knowledge of corporate law, especially as it pertains to transactions, is superb. He relates well with all individuals, and is a pleasure with whom to work. Many times our projects are on short timetables, requiring long hours to result in quick turnarounds, and he is always up to the task and responsive. He is willing to explain a complicated transaction to the client in a way that is easily understood. Patrick is a genuinely good person, honest and a top-notch attorney. We have complete confidence in his decisions and enjoy a good working relationship with him."

-Cheryl Johnson
Corporate Affairs Coordinator

"Pat communicates issues to his client very well and offers well-reasoned solutions to issues. He has a very good understanding of the objectives we are trying to achieve and is very helpful in getting us there."

-Dan Arbough
East On U.S.

"Patrick Northam is an outstanding corporate attorney with considerable experience in the areas of mergers, securities, energy, and general business law. He clearly qualifies as one of the leading lawyers in Kentucky in his field. He has represented my company for approximately 15 years."

-John McCall
Frost Brown Todd

"I cannot begin to express in words my admiration and respect for the work Mr. Northam has done on behalf of Trinity Coal Company. Over the past 30 months, he has handled acquisition transactions in excess of $180mm on our behalf, and his attention to detail exceeded all expectations. His ability to quickly grasp the terms and conditions of the transaction, and then craft the documents concurrent with the high level of due diligence has been amazing. He is tireless, as each of these transactions was on a very tight schedule, requiring long hours. Pat's attention to the details and his ability to communicate and resolve open issues are two more examples of his outstanding attributes. I believe it goes without saying that Pat, if not the best, is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with on acquisitions in my 30-year career. "

-Jeff Hoops
Chairman & Founder
Trinity Coal Company

"Mr. Northam is an experienced transactional attorney capable of successfully handling complex matters. He is an effective negotiator and is easy to work with. He has excellent written and verbal communications skills and superb analytical skills. He is effective in managing multi-disciplinary teams necessary for successful negotiation of complex transactions. He consistently provides legal services in a timely manner and makes every effort to accommodate the unique needs of his client."

-Robert Ehrler
Senior Corporate Attorney

"Mr. Northam is a pleasure to work with. He focuses on the important details; he delivers high-quality work in a timely manner, provides sound legal advice, and listens to the issues and needs of the client. In addition to working well with the client, he is an effective advocate for the client's interests with third parties."

-David Sinclair
Director, Market Analysis and Valuation

"I've worked with Pat on many transactions over the last nine years. Pat is very diligent and thorough in his work. In addition, he always responds quickly while providing sound legal advice. Pat is clear and persuasive in his communications and is an effective listener as well."

-Thomas DePaull
Marketing Executive
EON-U.S. Services Inc.

"Pat is an incredibly thorough attorney who does a super job balancing business objectives and legal doctrine. As the business person, I rest well knowing Pat is negotiating and papering our position such that all potential risks are vetted to an eliminated or minimized level. He is clearly client-need-minded with great professional and social demeanor."

-Paul Thompson
Senior Vice President, Energy Services

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law of the Louisville Metro Area
Patrick R. Northam has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Corporate Law
Energy Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Other Information

Gender: Male