Industries & Practices
We help governments and schools serve their communities effectively and efficiently.
Providing cutting-edge legal services to public entities has been a key component of our foundation for more than 70 years. We have established ourselves as a go-to law firm for public sector law and have dozens of attorneys who focus their practice exclusively on public law matters.
As one of the largest public law firms in Ohio, Bricker represents more than 1,000 political subdivisions, including:
- State agencies
- School districts
- Colleges, universities and public hospitals
- Port authorities
- Special purpose districts
Advanced analytics technology for public sector cl...
Through the use of advanced analytics technology, the litigation support team has enabled public sector clients to reduce the amount of time spent fulfilling public records requests by 58%, allowin...More
Financings and refinancings for institutions of hi...
Serve as bond counsel and issuer counsel to community colleges, public and private institutions and universities across Ohio seeking to take advantage of the low-interest rate environment in order ...More
Bond counsel for Ohio community college for culina...
Served as bond counsel to an Ohio community college in connection with the tax-exempt financing of their new, cutting-edge culinary arts center.More
Community college $300 million voted bond issue
Served as bond counsel to an Ohio community college for its first issue of general obligation bonds approved by the Ohio county voters in a $300 million voted bond issue dedicated to financing a ph...More
Resolution of civil rights charges against city an...
Represented a municipality and police officers sued for civil rights violations nearly two years after an allegedly unconstitutional traffic stop. The federal lawsuit and the disciplinary issues as...More
Municipal collective bargaining agreement
Represented city in a politically charged case involving questions of government separation of power and authority following a municipal court judge’s ordering of the city’s finance dir...More
Public entity embezzlement investigations
Counseled a municipality through a series of special investigations arising from employee embezzlement. Developed a strategy for addressing unlawful communications between city council and former c...More
Age discrimination claim settlement
Represented a public transportation system against a claim of age discrimination following a large-scale corporate realignment. Successfully negotiated a settlement prior to undertaking costly disc...More
Construction procurement training
Present internal client training to key organization representatives, project managers and in-house counsel relating to construction bidding and procurement laws and best practices. ...More
Task order construction manager at risk agreement
Prepared the requests for qualifications, requests for proposals and specialized contract documents for task order construction manager at risk arrangements for public and private entities inc...More
Areas of Focus
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.More
We have the largest group of attorneys in Ohio dedicated to the practice of education law. Our clients include more than 200 school districts throughout Ohio, along with educational service centers, information technology centers, colleges and universities, and other education-related entities. The breadth of our collective experience — complemented by our ability to call on attorneys in construction, public finance, government relations, and other practice groups — enables us to personalize our services to address the unique needs of each client in a cost-effective manner.More
We partner with cities, counties, villages and more to find creative and realistic funding options. Our team helps governments acquire the resources they need to create and maintain jobs through special programs established by Ohio law, including tax increment financing (TIF) and joint economic development districts (JEDD). We also assist private property owners in obtaining PACE financing for energy efficiency and alternative energy improvements.More
We provide a full range of construction law services to public entities. Our attorneys, many with engineering and construction management backgrounds, counsel on all aspects of construction projects including schools, libraries, jails, public hospitals, recreation centers, and other public capital projects of all sizes and complexities.More
Our skilled lawyer-lobbyists assist political subdivisions, as well as public and private agencies, to navigate legislative, administrative and regulatory challenges. We 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.More
Employment & Labor
Whether supporting a small municipality or a regional public hospital system, our attorneys provide insightful employment advice and successful representation. By working together with our public sector clients, anticipating complications and assisting them in preventative measures, we are able to help them maintain a flexible employment operation.More
Our attorneys help our public sector clients navigate the complexities of ever-changing tax laws. We represent clients in property tax valuation litigation, counsel them on property tax exemption laws and advise them on the tax implications of complex economic development projects. The breadth of our attorneys’ interdisciplinary experience allows us to uniquely address our public sector clients’ needs.More
We work with entities, such as pipeline and public utility companies, in eminent domain proceedings. From counseling clients through the right-of-way acquisition process and negotiations to representing them in state and federal court appropriation cases, our attorneys combine significant eminent domain experience with the knowledge of our client’s business/project needs to achieve favorable outcomes.
Managing workers’ compensation claim costs: Newton’s First Law of Motion and the light duty offerMore
City of Austin, Texas v. Reagan Natl. Advertising of Austin, LLC – Loosening the First Amendment’s grip on governmental sign regulationsMore
Bricker Chief DEI Officer Rhonda Talford Knight Awarded 2022 PACESetters Award
Bricker & Eckler Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, Rhonda Talford Knight, PhD, has been awarded a PACESetters Award for her work in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the PACE Marketplace.More Aug 5, 2022
Knight discusses if virtual-reality "Metaversities" are a risk to students' data privacy
This fall, hundreds of students across 10 colleges will join a small but growing cohort nationwide that is attending class in another dimension — the digital one. What does that mean, exactly, for their data privacy?More Jun 22, 2022
Ohio Court Tracker: The Impact of COVID-19
The goal of the "Ohio Court Tracker" is to pull all of that information into one place in order to allow attorneys, judges, court staff and the general public to quickly identify what courts in all 88 Ohio counties are doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.More