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Public Sector

Resolution of civil rights charges against city and police officers

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 to the police officers were resolved following negotiations in court and with the police union.

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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 city employees, and advised on a number of public records, open meetings and ethical issues.

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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 discovery. 

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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 director to pay wage increases and union dues pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement negotiated without approval from city council.

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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. 

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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 including hospital systems and library systems.

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Library system renovation and new construction projects

Prepared procurement documents and negotiated contract documents for architect agreement construction manager at risk contracts for renovation and new construction projects for multiple county library system branches. Construction values ranged from $1 to $9 million.

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County jail renovation and new construction projects

Assisted with the selection of project delivery models and prepared request for qualifications, request for proposals, design professional agreements and construction contract documents for a variety of new build and renovation projects for county jails. Project delivery models included construction manager at risk, design-build and general contractor. Project values ranged from $3 to $50 million.

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Affiliation arrangement

Arranged an affiliation between a large, hospital-owned physician group and the faculty practice plan of a state-owned college of medicine

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Favorable verdict on behalf of a public client

On behalf of an Ohio municipality, obtained a favorable verdict in a construction-related litigation suit that had a value of over $2.5 million. The city is also entitled to recover its attorney fees.

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$1.6 billion development in Warren County

Served as special counsel to a township in connection with a 1,230-acre, $1.6 billion mixed-use development in southwest Ohio. The transaction involved negotiating and structuring a tax increment financing (TIF) program with 22 incentive districts and 8 parcel TIFs, and the establishment of a new community authority to finance the infrastructure necessary to make the development possible.

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COTA downtown bus pass program

Assisted the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District with structuring and creating a process for implementing a program to encourage 43,000 downtown Columbus, Ohio, commuters to bus to work. Capital Crossroads SID is an organization that represents business owners working to keep the downtown area a clean and safe place to work and live. The goals of the bus pass program are threefold: address the limited downtown parking situation, fill vacant offices and improve air quality.

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