The Song Sparrow Award was established in 1996 and is Columbus Audubon's highest honor. It recognizes outstanding contributions by Audubon members who promote CA's mission often over the course of years. Traditionally, at least one Song Sparrow award is given every year for education, conservation, or meritorious service.
Warren Grody assists school districts, colleges, and universities with questions regarding open meetings, public records, ethics, and community school law. Warren regularly works on matters involving the application of public records laws to commissioned police forces of private entities, such as colleges and universities. Warren also assists educational entities with False Claims Act matters, special audits, and other situations involving the expenditure of government funding.
He is a former Assistant Ohio Attorney General in the Health Care Fraud Section and a former Contract Specialist with the Defense Supply Center Columbus, where he administered contracts and purchase orders of contractors under investigation for defrauding the Department of Defense.
Negotiation of a $1 billion electricity supply contract
The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) is the largest public retail energy aggregation in Ohio, serving about 900,000 electric and gas customers across 14 counties. NOPEC’s electric supplier abruptly notified NOPEC that it was terminating its contract, thus leaving NOPEC’s nearly half-million electric customers to return to utility service at higher rates. Bricker attorneys sprang into action to prevent NOPEC's customers from paying these increased rates. The team negotiated a new complex electricity supply contract with NOPEC's replacement supplier (worth approximately $1 billion); and, within 10 days, our client had signed a new three-year contract. With our assistance, NOPEC obtained two waivers from the PUCO to meet the expedited enrollment timeline. Meanwhile, within two weeks, our litigation team settled a TRO and injunction case involving the original supplier, which resulted in a multi-million-dollar settlement payment to NOPEC. In addition, our energy litigation team dissolved an ex parte TRO issued against NOPEC to a competitor regarding the NOPEC customer enrollment process. We also obtained a complete dismissal of the competitor’s lawsuit on the basis that the PUCO had exclusive jurisdiction over the matter.
Trade secrets and Sunshine Laws
Assisted a client with protecting trade secrets and proprietary information when confidential information had to be submitted to public agencies with bid documents, proposals or other materials.
Medicaid service contracts
Trial Counsel for local county boards serving persons with developmental disabilities in defense of an action brought by private providers seeking to eliminate service contracts between county boards and private providers as mandated by state and federal Medicaid law.
Professional & Community Activities
- President, Past Exalted Ruler Association, Columbus Grove City Elks Lodge No. 37
- Chaplin, Ohio Past Exalted Rulers Association
- Member, National and Columbus Audubon
- Founding Member, Grange Insurance Audubon Center
Presentations & Published Works
- Speaker, "OASBO Essentials of Human Resources, 2018-2019", August 2018
- Speaker, "Public Records for Private Universities," Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio, July 2015
- Author, "Are legal bills public records?" (reprinted in Ohio Cities & Villages, Grassroots Clippings and HCLL News), January/February 2013
- Author, "Burdick v. Takushi: Death of Donald Duck as a Political Force?" 21 Cap. U.L. Rev. 297, 1992
Bar Admissions & Activities
- Admitted, State of Ohio; United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- Member, Columbus Bar Association
- Capital University (J.D., summa cum laude, 1993); Editor-in-Chief, Capital University Law Review, 1992-1993; Order of the Curia; Recipient of Dean's Award, 1993
- Wright State University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1987)