Actively represent more than 30 clients before the Ohio General Assembly, state agencies and local government entities. Longtime clients include the Association of Ohio Life Insurance Companies, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants and Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council.
Providing strategic public policy advice in all areas of local, state and federal government to help clients achieve their business goals.
To be competitive in today’s market, businesses must successfully navigate and influence legislative, political and regulatory matters. For more than 70 years, Bricker & Eckler has played a significant role in public policy, advocating on behalf of hundreds of businesses and organizations at the local, state and federal levels.
Members of the Government Relations group are skilled lawyers whose diversity of experience allows them to effectively partner with clients to achieve their goals. Our team uses firsthand knowledge of complex public policy, election, ethics, regulatory and contracting law to guide clients in building a sound strategy that allows their business to prosper. We work on a bipartisan basis to ensure that our clients’ interests are known and respected by elected and appointed officials of both parties.
Bricker’s Government Relations group distinguishes itself in the following ways:
- We actively represent more than 30 clients before the Ohio General Assembly, state agencies and local governmental entities. Our clients are active in insurance and financial services, energy and public utilities, oil and gas, services, solid waste, manufacturing, agribusiness, education and health care.
- Our attorneys zealously represent clients without conflict of interest. They protect all communication with attorney-client privilege and provide the highest degree of ethical compliance.
- Our team of lawyer/lobbyists includes a bipartisan mix of former chiefs of staff to the Ohio Senate, former General Assembly staffers and former chief legal counsels to the Ohio Governor. Several members of our group have also worked for various statewide elected officials in Ohio, including the Ohio Attorney General and Ohio Auditor of State, and on the staffs of members of the U.S. Congress.
Types of clients we represent:
- Trade associations and business alliances
- Construction companies
- Financial institutions
- Health care entities
- Insurance companies
- Nonprofit organizations
- Political action committees (PACs)
- Political candidates
- Private businesses
- Public officials
- Publicly held entities
- School districts
Related Industries & Practices
- Public Sector
- Education (Pre-K to 12)
- Oil & Gas
- Energy, Environment & Utilities
- Economic Development
- Public Finance
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Health Care Industry
- Health Care Law
- Colleges & Universities
- Education Law
- Banking & Financial Services
- Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy
Our registered in-house lawyer/lobbyists have a track record of building clients’ “brands” on Capitol Square by monitoring and analyzing legislation, drafting bills and amendments, and communicating firsthand with legislators and executive branch officials to advance clients’ objectives. For more information, please visit our Lobbying & Public Policy page.
Participation in the political process demands compliance with election and campaign finance laws. From suggesting best practices to preparing reports, we work with corporations, political action committees (PACs), issue committees and candidates to ensure compliant and effective campaigns. For more information, please visit our Election Law & Campaign Finance page.
Even a well-intentioned gift or meal may be scrutinized under Ohio’s ethics laws. Every company that does business with or is regulated by the government must be aware of the conflict of interest, gift and entertainment, travel and revolving door laws. For more information, please visit our Ethics & Lobbying Compliance page.
Directed by administrative agencies, executive officials and special purpose boards, regulatory compliance is a necessary element of doing business in any industry. Many companies look to Bricker’s Government Relations team to help them both fulfill and influence these requirements. For more information, please visit our Executive Agency Advocacy & Compliance page.
Companies of any size are likely to encounter roadblocks on the way to winning, keeping or amending a public contract. However, the rewards of public contracting can be substantial. Bricker’s Government Relations team helps companies evaluate public contracting opportunities and work through any hurdles they might face.
Bricker attorneys actively represent clients regarding public records and open meeting laws (the Sunshine Laws) providing counsel and assistance to ensure public records requests are fulfilled promptly, meetings are held legally and violations are resolved when necessary.
With considerable trial experience both within the Government Relations group itself and among other Bricker attorneys, our ability to represent clients’ interests in the courtroom is second to none. We inspect the unique attributes of each public policy case to identify and carry out the best solution for our clients. Visit our Litigation practice.
The transparent nature of the political process often requires a proactive approach to newsworthy occurrences, media inquiries and circumstances in which the public becomes involved. Crafting a strategic and proactive response plan that maintains a polished reputation and upholds the ethical standards of our clients is a distinction of our practice.
Actively assist several insurance companies, including multiple Fortune 500 companies, with questions regarding Ohio Department of Insurance regulations. Combining our knowledge of both the State Department and appurtenant regulations with an appreciation for those federal entities moving into the insurance regulatory space, we represent these companies in negotiations, rate and product filings, and investigations.
Provided testimony on a number of tax policy issues for various clients before committees of both houses of the Ohio General Assembly.
Served as a consultant to a national oil and gas trade association that represents companies involved in all aspects of the oil and natural gas industry. Led legislation and policy initiatives and addressed taxation concerns and regulatory issues impacting the oil and gas industry in Ohio.
Assisted a client with protecting trade secrets and proprietary information when confidential information had to be submitted to public agencies with bid documents, proposals or other materials.
Represented a client before the Federal and Ohio Elections Commissions on a variety of election and campaign finance matters.
Assisted a client in understanding state procurement, bid protests and contract requirements.
Advised a public hospital regarding its response to a series of requests for a large number of public records.
Provided analysis and guidance to business leaders and executives regarding conflicts of interest and other public sector ethical issues that arise when they accept public board or commission appointments.
Assisted corporations and trade and training associations with the adoption of policies, procedures and training modules to assist employees and HR professionals in complying with the laws regulating ethics, lobbying, campaign and other aspects of public/private business relationships.
Provided guidance to a health care client related to operating their PACs, hosting candidate events and corporate participation in the national convention, ballot issue activity or independent election activity.
This compilation of information about the Ohio legislature includes general resources and overviews of pending and enacted legislation related to the education, energy and environment, public sector, health care and insurance industries. For more information, please visit our 131st General Assembly 2015-16 Resource Center.
Drones are taking center stage as valuable tools for a variety of industries. As drone usage increases, so do the legal concerns. This Resource Center highlights the regulatory discussions surrounding unmanned aerial system (UAS) activity and the future of commercial drone use. For more information, please visit our Drone Resource Center.
This resource center contains up-to-date information on the Ohio budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 as it moves through the Ohio General Assembly. Information on the FY 2014-2015 budget is also available. For more information, please visit our State of Ohio Budget Resource Center.
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With expanding regulations and increased enforcement, the jobs of in-house legal counsel and corporate compliance officers becomes more challenging every day. Our Corporate Ethics & Compliance Manual will help you to understand the specific Ohio and federal regulations related to ethics, lobbying, campaign finance laws and more, and to adopt and implement an effective compliance program for your company.