Jacquelin R. Lewis

Jacquelin (Jackie) Lewis is an associate in Bricker & Eckler’s Public Finance group and practices in the areas of public finance and public law, emphasizing school and local government law. She assists with and advises on the documentation and issuance of general obligation and revenue bond transactions for municipalities, school districts, and other political subdivisions; and provides general counsel guidance to political subdivisions with respect to various issues of public law.

Jackie is the former Director of Public Affairs for the Ohio Association of Community Colleges. She has also served as a legislative aide in both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly and as legislative liaison to former Ohio Treasurer of State and former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray.


  • Security of school bonds

    Assisted an Ohio school district in the issuance of bonds in which the perceived security for the bonds was threatened by the financial woes of the county’s largest employer and taxpayer. Interdisciplinary approach provided timely and critical information to the bond rating agency and investors regarding how oil and gas leases and mineral rights are valued for property tax purposes and the potential impact of a bankruptcy filing on the payment of property taxes for the bonds.  

  • Oil and gas transactional assistance

    Provided representation to a bank trustee controlling nearly 4,000 acres of mineral rights in eastern Ohio. Beginning with the negotiation of an above-market-value oil and gas lease, which resulted in an initial payment to the trust of tens of millions of dollars, we provided related legal services, including the completion of title curative work, lease maintenance activities and the negotiation of ancillary agreements.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board Member, The Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County
  • Twin Rivers - OH - Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
  • Board Member and Marketing and Fundraising Co-Chair, Kids Care Elementary
  • Member, Bricker & Eckler Recruiting Committee
  • Board Member and Fundraising Co-Chair, John Mercer Langston Bar Association
  • Former Member, Columbus Urban League Young Professionals
  • Former volunteer, Dress For Success Columbus
  • Former Mock Trial Judge, Law and Leadership Institute

Presentations & Published Works

  • Presenter, "Debt Management: Understanding Debt Options for Ohio Political Subdivisions," Ohio Association of Public Treasurers Public Finance Officer Training Institute, June 2018
  • Presenter, “Fundamentals of Debt,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association’s Annual Presidents' Day Seminar, February 2018
  • Presenter, "Fiscal Caution, Watch, Emergency - Is Anybody There?," Ohio Association of School Business Officials, April 2017
  • Co-presenter, "Local Government Fiscal Emergency,” Ohio Association of Public Treasurers Annual Conference, August 2016
  • Co-author, "Local Government Fiscal Emergency,” August 2016
  • Co-presenter, "Local Government Fiscal Emergency,” Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association Summer Workshop, June 2016
  • Co-author, "School District Fiscal Emergency,” June 2016

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, Columbus Bar Association


  • The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law (J.D., 2014)
  • The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs (M.A., 2014)
  • The Ohio State University (B.A., International Relations and French)