Industries & Practices
We provide strategic public policy advice in all areas of local, state and federal government.
Our team blends firsthand knowledge of public policy, election, ethics, regulatory and contracting law with notable government experience and relationships to guide our clients. And we work on a bipartisan basis to ensure that their interests are known and respected by elected and appointed officials of both parties.
Not only does our team of lawyer/lobbyists work on behalf of more than 30 clients before the Ohio General Assembly, state agencies and local governmental entities, we also zealously represent clients without conflict of interest. All communication is protected by the attorney-client privilege, allowing us to provide the highest degree of ethical compliance.
Types of clients we represent:
- Trade associations and business alliances
- Construction companies
- Financial institutions
- Health care entities
- Insurance companies
- Nonprofit organizations
- Political action committees (PACs)
- Political candidates
- Private businesses
- Public officials
- Publicly held entities
- School districts
Campaign finance compliance
Provide guidance to a variety of clients related to forming and operating their PACs, hosting candidate events, ballot issue activity or independent election activity.More
Testimony before the Ohio Senate
Testified before the Ohio Senate on behalf of the National Federation of Independent Businesses regarding House Bill 308, which impacts workers’ compensation benefits for first responders dia...More
Energy generation facility counsel
Represent Apex Power Group before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) for the proposed Guernsey Power Station, a 1650-megawatt, natural gas-fired energy generation facility. In 2017, the projec...More
Unanimous ruling against controversial ballot issu...
Represented the Ohio Renal Association in an original action brought in the Ohio Supreme Court resulting in a favorable 7-0 ruling. At issue was a controversial ballot issue related to the pr...More
API government affairs and lobbying activities
Represent API-Ohio, a state affiliate office of the American Petroleum Institute in governmental affairs and policy work before the Ohio General Assembly, the Governor’s Office and related st...More
Actively represent more than 30 clients before the Ohio General Assembly, state agencies and local government entities. Longtime clients include the Association of Ohio Life Insurance Companie...More
Actively assist several insurance companies, including multiple Fortune 500 companies, with questions regarding Ohio Department of Insurance regulations. Combining our knowledge of both the State D...More
Represented a client before the Federal and Ohio Elections Commissions on a variety of election and campaign finance matters.More
Assisted a client in understanding state procurement, bid protests and contract requirements.More
Public records disclosures
Advise public hospitals regarding responses to requests for a large number of public records.More
Areas of Focus
Lobbying & Public Policy
Our registered in-house lawyer/lobbyists have a track record of building clients’ “brands” on Capitol Square by monitoring and analyzing legislation, drafting bills and amendments, and communicating firsthand with legislators and executive branch officials to advance clients’ objectives.
Election Law & Campaign Finance
Participation in the political process demands compliance with election and campaign finance laws. From suggesting best practices to preparing reports, we work with corporations, political action committees (PACs), issue committees and candidates to ensure compliant and effective campaigns.More
Ethics & Lobbying Compliance
Every company that does business with or is regulated by the government must be aware of conflict of interest, gift and entertainment, travel and revolving door laws. We help our clients build relationships without compromising the law, and we educate them on these laws and methods of compliance, ensuring that all interactions with public officials are authorized.
Executive Agency Advocacy & Compliance
Whether directed by administrative agencies, executive officials and special purpose boards, we help clients in any industry maintain regulatory compliance. Our attorneys engage in rulemaking advocacy, administrative adjudication and compliance program development to help clients both fulfill and influence these requirements.
Statewide Ballot Initiatives
Since 2004, our team has been involved in nearly 50 Ohio ballot issues. From reviewing petitions to drafting ballot language to engaging in full strategic campaign planning, we help our clients influence voters.
Public Records & Open Meetings Act
We actively represent clients regarding public records and open meeting laws (the Sunshine Laws), ensuring public records requests are fulfilled promptly, meetings are held legally and violations are resolved when necessary.
Public Policy Litigation
We inspect the unique attributes of each public policy case to identify and carry out the best solution for our clients.More
Government Contracting & Procurement
For clients looking to win, keeping or amend a public contract, we help companies evaluate public contracting opportunities and work through any hurdles they might face.
Crisis Communications & Media Relations
In the midst of newsworthy occurrences, media inquiries and circumstances in which the public becomes involved, we help craft a strategic and proactive response plan that maintains a polished reputation and upholds the ethical standards of our client.
Governor DeWine signs House Bill 51 into law, allowing for virtual public meetings until July 1, 2022More
Greg Lestini appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Conference of Insurance Legislators' Industry Education Council
Columbus-based Partner & Financial Services/Insurance Chair, Gregory J. Lestini, is appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Conference of Insurance Legislators' Industry Education Council.More Feb 1, 2023
Bill Mason returns to Bricker & Eckler
William D. (Bill) Mason, former Cuyahoga County Chief of Staff and Prosecuting Attorney, has accepted a position in Bricker & Eckler’s Cleveland office, where he served as partner-in-charge before being appointed Chief of Staff for Cuyahoga County in 2019.More Jan 31, 2023
COVID-19 Ohio Business Response Toolkit
Helping businesses in Ohio identify and take immediate actions to comply with the Ohio's stay at home order regarding COVID-19. Bricker’s multidisciplinary team of attorneys have assembled a toolkit to assist individuals, business owners and other public and private entities to efficiently navigate the requirements of the order and identify, assess and manage business risk throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.More