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Matthew R. Koppitch

Matt Koppitch is an adept political advocate with extensive experience in a broad range of government law matters. Spanning all levels and branches of government, he repeatedly demonstrates an ability to effectively work across the aisle. Matt counsels and advises clients, candidates and ballot campaigns on outreach, policy development, communications and political strategy, as well as compliance and ethics guidance.

His background includes negotiating legislation and administrative rules, legislative and regulatory drafting, and providing legislative analysis and tracking. He also has wide-range campaign experience, including gubernatorial and congressional campaigns and both local and statewide ballot issues. Notably, he served a vital role in expanding Medicaid in Ohio through the Healthy Ohioans Work ballot initiative.

Matt’s political acumen also serves clients in other areas of law. As a consensus builder, he has represented businesses, developers and political subdivisions in zoning, land use, annexation and other land development issues. He also uses his extensive network of relationships to assists clients in resolving complex situations.

Matt previously served as District Director for United States Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, advising on matters of policy, including financial services, banking, insurance, labor and employment, health care and more. Additionally, Matt’s past experience includes the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199; the Ohio Department of Commerce; the Ohio Lottery Commission; and the Ohio Governor’s Office.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Chair, Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Westerville, 2016–present
  • Vice Chair, Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Westerville, 2015–2016
  • Member, Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Westerville, 2013–present

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, “Moving Ohio Forward: Economic Development Tools in the Biennial Budget (HB 166),” Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) 2019 Annual Summit, October 2019
  • Panelist, “Economic Development Legislation to Watch,” Rising Rust Belt: A Regional Revitalization Economic Summit, October 2019
  • Panelist, "Is your economic development toolkit current and competitive?," The Columbus Region Economic Development 411, December 1, 2017
  • Speaker, "Energy Legislative Update," Bricker & Eckler LLP's Energy Exchange: A Statehouse Update, October 19, 2017
  • Speaker, "Municipal Campaign Finance Update" and "State Operating Budget," Bricker & Eckler LLP's Government Affairs CLE Seminar, July 11, 2017

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, State of Ohio, 2009
  • Admitted, Southern District of Ohio, 2017
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association

Education

  • Capital University Law School (J.D.), 2009; Jessup International Law Moot Court Team; Treasurer, Moot Court Executive Board; Team Fellow, National Moot Court Team; Ambassador, Orientation Program; Dean’s Scholarship; Dean’s List; Order of the Curia
  • Wittenberg University (B.A. in Theater), 2004; Alumni Music Scholarship; Alumni Scholarship; M. Kelly Speech Scholarship; Jon Bennett Ham Scholarship; Student Leadership Intern; Office of Student Activities