Industries & Practices

Government Relations

Providing strategic public policy advice in all areas of local, state and federal government to help clients achieve their business goals.

Overview

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
  • Corporations
  • Financial institutions
  • Health care entities
  • Insurance companies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Political action committees (PACs)
  • Political candidates
  • Private businesses
  • Public officials
  • Publicly held entities
  • School districts

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Areas of Focus

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.

Government Contracting & Procurement

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.

Public Records & Open Meetings Act

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.

Public Policy Litigation

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.

Crisis Communications & Media Relations

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.

Experience

Insights & Resources
Resource Centers

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.

This resource center provides recent updates and in-depth analysis on the legalization of marijuana in the state of Ohio, including timely information and publications for employers, businesses, legislators and voters. For more information, please visit our Ohio Marijuana Initiative Resource Center. For more information, please visit our Ohio Marijuana Initiative 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.

People
Maria J. Armstrong Maria J. Armstrong Partner
Maria J. Armstrong Partner
Columbus
614.227.8821
marmstrong@bricker.com
Robert H. Katz Robert H. Katz Of Counsel
Robert H. Katz Of Counsel
Columbus
614.227.2397
rkatz@bricker.com
Gregory J. Lestini Gregory J. Lestini Partner
Gregory J. Lestini Partner
Columbus
614.227.4893
glestini@bricker.com
William D. Mason William D. Mason Partner
William D. Mason Partner
Cleveland
216.523.5468
wmason@bricker.com
Katie Reardon Katie Reardon Government Compliance Specialist
Katie Reardon Government Compliance Specialist
Columbus
614.227.2391
kreardon@bricker.com
Christiane W. Schmenk Christiane W. Schmenk Of Counsel
Christiane W. Schmenk Of Counsel
Columbus
614.227.2323
cschmenk@bricker.com
Christopher N. Slagle Christopher N. Slagle Partner
Christopher N. Slagle Partner
Columbus
614.227.8826
cslagle@bricker.com
Elisabeth A. Squeglia Elisabeth A. Squeglia Partner
Elisabeth A. Squeglia Partner
Columbus
614.227.2396
esqueglia@bricker.com
Kurtis A. Tunnell Kurtis A. Tunnell Managing Partner
Kurtis A. Tunnell Managing Partner
Columbus
614.227.8837
ktunnell@bricker.com
Marjorie J. Yano Marjorie J. Yano Associate
Marjorie J. Yano Associate
Columbus
614.227.8961
myano@bricker.com
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Corporate Ethics & Compliance Manual

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.