King & Ballow was formed in 1969 in Nashville, Tennessee by Frank S. King, Jr., and Robert L. Ballow. Mr. King and Mr. Ballow have retired.
Frank King began a solo practice in Nashville following his graduation from Vanderbilt Law School in 1952. He also served at various times as a magistrate and an assistant city attorney in Nashville and as city attorney for Brentwood, Tennessee. Bob Ballow started practicing with Frank King after graduating from the Nashville School of Law in 1963, but it was not until 1969 the law firm of King & Ballow was founded. Initially, King & Ballow consisted only of the two founding partners and engaged in a local general practice. King & Ballow added attorneys and began developing a concentration in labor law and attracting media clients, particularly from the newspaper industry. King & Ballow currently has a national practice and reputation for its representation of media clients.
King & Ballow continues to develop its other practice areas and to expand its client base beyond the media business; it is currently recognized as one of the nation’s foremost law firms in the fields of media and labor law. King & Ballow gained national prominence in 1985 when it represented The Chicago Tribune in labor disputes, and again in 1990 and 1991 when it represented The New York Daily News in sensitive labor issues. These high-profile cases led to attorney profiles on 60 Minutes and articles about the firm published in Newsweek, Time, Fortune, The National Law Journal and The New York Times. Click here to view the article in The National Law Journal.
King & Ballow attorney profiles has also been recognized in The American Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, Billboard, Business Tennessee, Chambers USA, Superlawyers Business Edition, Superlawyers Mid-South Edition, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety.
King & Ballow is part of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide. Meritas is an established global alliance of law firms in the United States and worldwide. King & Ballow has offices in Nashville, Tennessee and San Diego, California. King & Ballow's San Diego office was opened in 1987. King & Ballow has recently opened a third office in Los Angeles, California.
King & Ballow’s roster of clients has included Communications (Block Communications), Construction (H&M Construction Company and T.W. Frierson Construction), Distribution (Certco, Inc. and L&H Distributing), Entertainment (Bridgeport Music and Eight Mile Style), Hospitality (Wyndham Worldwide), Major Media Companies (Calkins Media, Graham Media, Media General, Digital First Media, and Paxton Media Group), Publishing and Print (The Challenge Printing Company and Thomas Nelson), Retail (Bass Pro Outdoor World), Transportation (Big G Express, Cargo Transporters and Western Express, Inc.) and many more. King & Ballow is also counsel to associations, including Tennessee Association of Broadcasters and Truckload Carriers Association.