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Thomas J. O'Brien

Tom O'Brien is a member of Bricker & Eckler's Energy, Public Utilities and Environmental law group and his practice emphasizes telecommunications and energy law. As the former regulatory counsel at CoreComm Communications, Inc., he was responsible for carrier-to-carrier relations and interconnection matters across the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. As an assistant to the Ohio Consumers' Counsel, he represented Ohio's residential utility consumers in electric, gas and telecommunications matters before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the Ohio Supreme Court. He has also served as staff regulatory counsel for the Michigan Consolidated Gas Company and as a hearing examiner and as executive assistant for the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Tom's representative experience includes:

  • A 23 year practice dedicated exclusively to the regulated and deregulated electric, natural gas, telecommunications and water industries across the Midwest,...

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Professional & Community Activities

  • Associate Member, Midwest Association of Competitive Carriers

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, Ohio Bar Association, Public Utilities Committee
  • Sustaining Member, Columbus Bar Association
  • Member, Admissions Committee of Columbus Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (communications law, energy law, water law) 2005-2015
  • Recipient, OMA Legacy Award for significant contributions to advance manufacturing competitiveness in Ohio, 2008


  • Southern Illinois University (J.D., 1986)
  • DePauw University (B.A., 1982)
  • Loyola University, Rome Center, 1980-1981