Represented the Chief Justice, the lead Disciplinary Counsel and the Director of the Board of Professional Conduct in defending the constitutionality of Ohio’s Code of Judicial Conduct against First and Fourteenth Amendment challenges. Representation included successful merits briefs in the Southern District of Ohio and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
With a long-standing commitment to public service, we help government serve its communities effectively and efficiently.
Public service is the cornerstone of strong communities. Our firm has its own rich history of public service, which began with founding partner John W. Bricker, a former Ohio Governor and U.S. Senator. This rare foundation gives us long-established insight into the public sector. Today, we continue to provide political subdivisions and governmental agencies with the legal support needed to keep our communities running smoothly.
Types of clients we represent:
- State agencies
- School districts
- Colleges and universities
- Port authorities
- Special purpose districts
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Bricker & Eckler is recognized by the state and its various political subdivisions, as well as by the underwriting community, as a law firm with a national caliber bond counsel opinion. We excel in both routine and complex financial transactions, including bonds, notes and certificates of indebtedness issued by government or on behalf of all types of nonprofits. Our list of clients continues to grow based on the favorable recommendations of the many public officials we have represented. Visit our Public Finance practice.
We represent an extensive range of public sector clients, including well over 200 public school districts and numerous educational service centers statewide. As the single largest legal group in Ohio dedicated specifically to education, Bricker’s education attorneys bring hundreds of years of combined experience to the table. Education clients benefit from an unmatchable breadth of services, yet receive personalized advice that uniquely addresses their needs. Visit our Education Law practice.
Bricker & Eckler provides a full range of construction law services to public owners. Many with engineering and construction management backgrounds, our attorneys act as counsel on all aspects of construction projects and have specialized knowledge of the project requirements of schools, libraries, jails, recreation centers, and other public capital projects of all sizes and complexities. Visit our Construction Law practice.
Our skilled Government Relations team connects political subdivisions and governmental agencies to the legislative, administrative and regulatory opportunities that support their goals. Our attorneys use firsthand knowledge of complex election, ethics, lobbying and contracting law to build productive relationships with officials and advocate on behalf of clients’ public policy interests. Visit our Government Relations practice.
Whether supporting a small municipality or a regional public hospital system, our attorneys are committed to providing the insightful employment advice and successful representation for which we are known. By educating our public sector clients, anticipating complications, and assisting them in preventative measures, we are able to help them maintain a flexible employment operation. Visit our Employment & Labor practice.
Bricker & Eckler’s public sector partners have access to comprehensive services related all aspects of federal, state and local taxation. From tax valuation to tax abatement, as well as the tax implications of economic development projects and financings, our attorneys help public sector clients navigate the complexities of ever-changing tax law. Visit our Taxation practice.
Prepared request for qualifications, request for proposals and contract documents for municipal administration building design-build projects.
Advised several cities regarding unusual income tax issues and assisted them in tracking taxes associated with economic development projects.
Successfully assist several school districts in addressing economic development issues and proposals for tax incentives, preserving thousands of dollars in revenue.
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.
Negotiated a settlement among school district parties to an annexation agreement regarding billing issues.
Advised a public hospital regarding its response to a series of requests for a large number of public records.
Assisted the acquisition of numerous sites in central Ohio for the development and expansion of public facilities.
Represented school district in administration of statutory process relating to mechanic’s liens and addressed mechanics’ lien claims and related law suits for K-12 school projects.
Create template architect agreements, engineer agreements, bidding documents and owner-contractor agreements for public entities including cities and counties.
Prepared criteria architect and design-build contracts for the design and construction of new township fire department facilities.
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.
Prepared water/wastewater bid package and contract documents.
Provided outside legal consulting services and prepared wastewater bid packages and contract documents for Ohio's three largest wastewater treatment providers.
Prepared outreach and inclusion guidelines and incorporated them into the procurement process for a large public library system.
Created a manual comparing and contrasting available construction delivery models and providing guidance on statutory bidding and procurement requirements for counties.
Prepared request for qualifications, request for proposals and contract documents for a K-12 school district's design-build project.
Represented a school district client to address defective work.
Assisted a public university in the resolution of multiple issues in dispute within affiliated private nonprofit fundraising foundation.
Counselled public hospital client through the negotiation of an architect agreement.
Advised a county regarding project delivery methods and prepared a request for qualifications, request for proposals and contract documents for the courthouse's design-build renovation project.
Advised school districts regarding Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues relating to employee fitness for duty.
Prepared resolutions and related documents for projects deemed to be of urgent necessity, including fire alarm and HVAC renovation projects for a K-12 school district.
Served as counsel for a public entity in connection with the lease and eventual acquisition of a 40,000+ square-foot facility in northeastern Ohio.
Advised a public hospital regarding the evaluation of bids.
Helped a real estate developer refinance and upgrade its office park partially to improve energy efficiency by working with the developer to levy PACE special assessments, secure a PACE loan with the special assessments and pass the obligation through to tenants.
Facilitated and prepared a school district's contract for roof replacement, procured through a joint purchasing program.
Acted as borrower's counsel for a municipal hospital in the issuance of $35 million in revenue bonds.
Represented governmental hospital and acted as borrower's counsel in $25 million hospital revenue bond financing, successfully negotiating a unique provision that permitted the hospital to convert to private nonprofit status in the future without having to obtain the consent of the bondholders.
Drafted a unique school district-hospital agreement to provide educational opportunities to high school students.
Negotiated the turnover of a major manufacturing and high-tech repair facility on a U.S. Air Force Base to a newly created port authority. The project facilitated the privatization-in-place of that facility and the retention of jobs. We assisted with leasing additional build-to-suit space for other tenants and the expansion of the resulting port authority-owned industrial park to create additional development sites and jobs.
Served as title insurance counsel for acquisition of fee and 99-year leasehold estates to assemble site for a $100 million State of Ohio office tower.
When: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: DoubleTree Hotel
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