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Christiane W. Schmenk

Chris Schmenk serves as of counsel with Bricker & Eckler's Public Finance group. She has vast public sector service having most recently been Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. In this position she restructured the department after the launch of JobsOhio and was a member of Governor Kasich's cabinet. Before becoming director, she was chief legal counsel for the department and assisted in the formation and launch of JobsOhio. From 2008 to 2011 she was the elected mayor of Marysville, Ohio.

She has also served as in-house legal counsel for Wendy's International and as Vice President for External Affairs for The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. While at Scotts, she worked on complex legal matters including mergers and acquisitions, local and state permitting, governmental licensing and labeling, environmental health and safety issues, and employment matters. She also headed Scotts’ Government Affairs team.

Representative Experience

  • General counsel and special counsel to community improvement corporations, port authorities, counties, municipal corporations and other political subdivisions in connection with economic development issues, public improvement projects, public-private partnerships and financing issues
  • Outside counsel to business clients regarding Ohio’s economic development laws, programs and resources, including federal, JobsOhio, state and local loan and grant programs, and use of tax increment financing, creation and operation of special improvement districts, joint economic development districts, enterprise zone tax exemptions and community reinvestment areas
  • Legislative counsel to the Ohio Economic Development Association, providing its many members with updates regarding Ohio legislation affecting economic development and proposed changes to Ohio’s economic development programs

Professional & Community Activities

  • Vice Chair, Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Board of Trustees
  • Board Member, Women’s Small Business Accelerator, Inc., 2013 to present
  • Member, Ohio Northern University Board of Trustees, 2012-present

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Awards & Recognition

  • Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ohio Republican Woman of the Year 2012


  • The Ohio State University (J.D. 1984)
  • Ohio Northern University (B.A. 1981)

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Infrastructure Challenges: Economic Development in the Shale Play

Infrastructure Challenges: Economic Development in the Shale Play
Bricker & Eckler attorneys Price Finley and Chris Schmenk discuss the infrastructure challenges associated with economic change and community growth.