Sally W. Bloomfield

For more than 30 years, Sally Bloomfield has practiced in the areas of public utility and administrative law, emphasizing state public utility regulatory proceedings. Recently, Sally has practiced exclusively before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) in more than 15 major electric generation projects involving development costs of more than $7 billion. She has also represented wind developers before the OPSB.

Sally is a former Commissioner and Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Since completing her term on the commission, she has served as a member and officer of numerous community boards and committees, including as President of the Columbus Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Foundation and the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

Sally has served on the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority (FCCFA), initially as its first Chair, then as Vice Chair and, since April 2014, as Chair again. During her tenure, the FCCFA built a $96 million convention center that was completed in 1993; significantly expanded the center and built a parking garage at a cost of $75 million that was completed in 2001; converted a 35-year-old auditorium attached to the center into the largest ballroom in the city (a $40 million project that was completed at the end of 2009); and constructed a $140 million convention hotel across the street from the center that was opened in 2012. Currently, the FCCFA is building a new 800-space, $18 million multilevel garage and investing $210 million to expand the convention hotel.

Sally has also participated in the Bricker & Eckler's nonprofit group with an emphasis on the federal filings required for nonprofit organizations.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Women's Energy Network
  • Ohio Co-chair, American Bar Foundation, 2014 to present
  • Chair, Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, 1996 to present; member, 1988 to present
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, 2007 to present
  • Chair, YWCA Endowment Trust, 2006 to present; Secretary, 2004 to 2006; Trustee, 2002 to present
  • Member, Franklin County Law Library Resources Board 2009-present
  • Member, Columbus Law Library Association, 2004 to present
  • National Council, OSU Moritz College of Law, 2004 to present; member, 1973 to present; Past Chair 2004 to 2006
  • Past Chair, Board of Directors, the American Red Cross Columbus Advisory Board, 2004 to 2007; member, 1998 to present
  • Member, Pro Bono program, Lawyers for Justice of the Columbus Bar Association 1995 to present
  • Member, American Bar Foundation, 1994 to present
  • Member, Rotary Club of Columbus, 1989 to present
  • Member, Ohio Commodores, 1988 to present
  • Member, Council of Delegates, Ohio State Bar Association 1980 to present
  • Columbus Bar Association, American Bar Association, Delegate to House of Delegates 2008-2010
  • Member, Alumni Advisory Council of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, 2004-2010, and its Steering Committee, 2005-2007
  • YWCA Housing Corporation Board, member, 1995 to 2009; Chair, 2001 to 2006
  • Past President, Board of Governors, Columbus Bar Association, 2005 to 2006; member 2002 to 2007
  • Member, Public Utilities Commission Nominating Council, 2003 and 2004
  • Member, Board of Directors, Community Housing Network, 1990 to 2000; President, 1994
  • President, Ohio State Bar Foundation, 1999; Trustee, 1993-2000; member since 1991; Life Fellow
  • Member, YWCA Board of Trustees, 1992 to 1998; Vice President, 1996 and 1997; Recording Secretary, 1995; Assistant Treasurer, 1994
  • Member, Board of Directors, Thurber House, 1991 to 1997
  • Member, Mayor's Council on Ethics & Values, 1991 to 1995
  • Member, Columbus Bar Foundation, 1992 to 1995; President, 1994
  • Member, Riverfront Commons Corporation, 1994 to 1999
  • Member, Salvation Army Advisory Council, 1990 to 1994
  • Member, Telecommunications Advisory Council, Office of the Governor, 1989 to 1991
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association Ethics Committee, 1988 to 1991
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Ohio State University Alumni Association, 1986 to 1991
  • Member, Public Utilities Committee, Ohio State Bar Association, 1977 to present; Chairman, 1988 to 1991
  • Chairman, Columbus Bar Association Citizens Justice Center Task Force, 1985 to 1986; Co-chairman, 1988
  • Member, CALL, Inc. 1977 to 1988; President, 1981; and Trustee, 1982
  • Member, Franklin County Mental Health Board, 1983 to 1988; Chairman, 1984 to 1986
  • Member, Mayor's Economic and Development Council, 1982 to 1984
  • Member, Board of Governors, Columbus Bar Association, 1981 to 1985
  • Member, Board of Trustees, United Way of Franklin County, 1981 to 1985
  • Commissioner, Ohio Public Defender Commission, 1981 to 1985
  • Member, Board of Governors, Friends of WOSU, 1980 to 1983; Vice President, 1983
  • Trustee, Ohio Association of Attorneys General, 1979 to 1982; President, 1981
  • Founder-Trustee, Columbus Metropolitan Club, 1976 to 1982; President, 1979
  • Trustee, Columbus Area Leadership Program, 1975 to 1979
  • Member, Governor's Task Force on the Implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment, 1974 to 1975

Presentations & Published Works

  • Presenter on the revamp of IRS Form 990, 2009 to 2013
  • Co-author, "Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing: The Ohio Story," published by Electricity Journal, December 2010
  • Author, "Equal Opportunities in the Profession/Gender Bias" chapter of the Handbook on Legal Ethics and Professionalism published by the Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute and the Ethics Institute of Capital University in 1995
  • Co-author (with Mary R. Brandt), "When/How Should Commissions Keep (Trade) Secrets," Proceedings of the Seventh NARUC Biennial Regulatory Information Conference, September 12-14, 1990
  • Co-author (with Mary R. Brandt), "Negotiating Cellular Interconnection Agreements: Preview of Deregulation," Proceedings of the Sixth NARUC Biennial Regulatory Information Conference, September 14-16, 1988, Vol. III, pp. 643-660
  • Participant, Ohio Legal Center Institute: "Energy and the General Practitioner," 1978
  • Author, Ohio State Law Journal, "Emergency Rate Case for Ohio Utilities," (Vol. 37, No. 1, 1976)

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, Columbus Bar Association; Ohio Bar Association; American Bar Association
  • Admitted, State of New York

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Energy Law; Water Law), 1995–2019
  • Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Energy Law), 2015
  • Recipient, Public Interest Law Foundation's Excellence in Public Service, 2015
  • Recipient, The Legal Aid Society of Columbus Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, 2014
  • Super Lawyer, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2004–2014
  • Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient, Columbus Bar Association/Columbus Bar Foundation Award for Pro Bono Service, 2013
  • Recipient, The Ohio State Bar Foundation Ritter Award, 2007
  • Recipient, The Columbus Bar Association Bar Service Medal, 2002
  • Recipient, Ohio State Bar Association Section on Women in the Profession Nettie Cronise Luttes Award, 2001
  • Recipient, Columbus Bar Foundation Distinguished Service Award, 1999
  • Recipient, The Ohio State University Alumni Association Citizenship Award, 1996
  • Recipient, Lucinda Nieman Madden Award for Law/Government, 1990 YWCA Women of Achievement
  • Recipient, Columbus Bar Association Community Service Award to persons over 36 years, 1989
  • Recipient, Buckeye Boys Ranch Community Award, 1988
  • Recipient, Columbus Bar Association Community Service Award to persons under 36 years, 1979
  • Youngest recipient of the Pilot Club of Columbus Woman of the Year Award (professional women's service organization), 1976
  • Recipient, Columbus Junior Chamber of Commerce and Jaycee Women Ten Outstanding Young Citizens of Columbus Award, 1975


  • The Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., 1969)
  • Ohio Wesleyan University; St. Louis University (B.A., 1965)