Sylvia Lynn Gillis

Sylvia Gillis has a practice emphasizing construction law and bidding and procurement issues for public and private sector clients, including schools, libraries and hospitals. She also has experience working on design-build and construction manager at risk projects. Many of the school clients she works with are participating in classroom facility programs overseen by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

As construction counsel, Sylvia represents clients on construction projects of all sizes and complexity. She works with clients on the selection of the professional team during the initial planning for the project, negotiating and preparing agreements for professional services, and preparing contract documents for construction. During construction, she provides guidance on compliance with Ohio statutory requirements and other laws, including mechanic’s lien and other claims on project funds, as well as other issues that may arise during or after construction.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Treasurer, Upper Arlington Library Levy Campaign Committee, 2009-July 2016
  • Associate member, American Institute of Architects
  • Former president of the Ohio Chapter of the Midwest Great Lakes Region, Association for Learning Environments (formerly CEFPI)
  • Former member of Board of Trustees, Columbus Landmarks Foundation

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker at seminars sponsored by Bricker & Eckler and other organizations, including the annual Buckeye Association of School Administrators and other trade associations

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association; Columbus Bar Association (Construction Law Committee)

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Construction Law), 2018–2020


  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1989); managing editor, Ohio State Law Journal; member, Order of the Coif
  • University of Washington (M.A., 1980)
  • Northern Arizona University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1975)
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