Rebecca C. Princehorn

Becky Princehorn is a partner in Bricker & Eckler's Public Finance group. Her practice emphasizes school and local government law. She served as bond counsel for the first Ohio income tax-backed school district bonds; the first publicly offered Public Library Fund-backed library notes; the first Ohio K-12 state co-funded (OFCC) project on a state university campus; the first sale of Ohio school district bonds to the USDA; the first Ohio general obligation bond issue with a local government fund pledge; the first Ohio municipal general obligation bond issue for housing; and the first Ohio school district minibond issue.

She has also structured collaborations between local governments, particularly those involving school districts, and gifts to local governments. Becky is a frequent lecturer on public finance for several organizations, including the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Ohio School Boards Association, Ohio Library Council, Ohio Association of School Business Officials, Ohio Township Association, Ohio Association of Public Treasurers and Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association. She serves as Editor of Baldwin's Ohio Practice, Local Government Law-Township, published by Thomson/Reuters Publishing.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Invited Participant, Ohio Department of Education Ballot Consent, Credit Enhancement Program Work Groups
  • Chair, Worthington Community Improvement Corporation
  • Board of Trustees, Otterbein University
  • National Advisory Council, STEAM Innovation Center (The Point), Otterbein University
  • Vice President, Support Ohio Schools
  • Professional Development Task Force, Ohio Association of School Business Officials
  • Board Member, Worthington Resource Pantry
  • Member, City of Worthington Charter Review Commission, 2016
  • Fundraising Chair, City of Worthington Income Tax Campaign, 2010
  • Co-Chair, Operating Levy Campaigns, Worthington City Schools, 2009 and 2000
  • Thomas Worthington High School: Activity Club, 2006-2008; President, Girls Lacrosse Parents Club, 2006-2008
  • Former Chair, Board of Trustees, Worthington Educational Foundation
  • Former President, Worthington City Schools PTA Council
  • Former President, Thomas Worthington High School PTSO
  • Former President, Kilbourne Middle School PTSA
  • Former President, Wilson Hill Elementary PTO
  • Former Member, Franklin County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board; Chair, 1992-1994
  • Former Member, Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board
  • Former Member, Board of Zoning Adjustment, City of Columbus, Ohio
  • Member, Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Member, Association for Learning Environments
  • Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Member, St. Peter's Catholic Church
  • Member, Friends of the Worthington McConnell Arts Center
  • Member, St. Martha Giving Circle

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, "Financing Facilities for the Future," Ohio Library Council Convention, October 2018
  • Author, "Legal concepts underlying boosters and capital projects," Ohio School Boards Association Journal, June 2018
  • Speaker, "County School Financing Districts," Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA), June 2018
  • Speaker, "Township Law Update 2017," Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, November 2017
  • Speaker, "Problem Solving in the Economic Development Context," Ohio Association of Public Treasurers (OAPT) Public Finance Officers Training Institute, June 2017
  • Presenter, "Fiscal Caution, Watch, Emergency - Is Anybody There?," Ohio Association of School Business Officials, April 2017
  • Presenter, “Conforming Boundaries,” Ohio Township Association Winter Conference, January 2017

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Education Law; Public Finance Law), 2010–2020
  • Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Education Law), 2014
  • Recipient, Meritorious Service Award, Worthington Board of Education, 2001
  • Recipient, Business First "Forty Under 40" award, 1993
  • Recipient, Community Service Award, Columbus Bar Association, 1987
  • Named, Ohio "Young Career Woman of 1983," Ohio Federation of Business and Professional Women
  • Ranked, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell


  • Otterbein College (now Otterbein University), (B.A. with honors, 1978)
  • University of Kansas (J.D., 1981)
  • University of Kansas (Master of Public Administration, 1982)
  • Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Graduate, 2016
Grandma Becky
Grandma Becky

Becky enjoys seeing all things grow, especially the next generation.

Hiker Becky
Hiker Becky

Fitness and nature are a favorite combination of Becky’s.

Reader Becky
Reader Becky

Becky is a graduate of the 135th class of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, America's oldest continuous book club. She received her diploma at the Hall of Philosophy in Chautauqua, New York.

Traveler Becky
Traveler Becky

Traveling is best for Becky when it involves family. She enjoyed Perth, Australia, with husband and Welsh kids and grandkids in July 2018. The Welsh family currently lives in Indonesia, where they’re involved in humanitarian aid work.