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Calfee lawyers know how government works. From the smallest service district to the State of Ohio – Calfee works with governmental entities large and small. Our experience allows us to work with governmental entities on a diverse array of issues, from those involving general public law to public finance and economic development to environmental law to public utilities issues to complex litigation. 

Our team includes several Calfee lawyers who have held top positions in government at the local, state, and federal levels, including as a member of Congress, a mayor of a major Ohio city, director of a cabinet-level state agency, and a major Ohio city law director. Our government sector attorneys' in-house experience as government employees enables them to fully understand the unique legal, political and community issues that impact government entity clients as they seek to resolve their legal challenges for their constituents.



Fritz E. Berckmueller
Leader, White-Collar Defense and Investigations
Christine F. Hesse
Lead Principal, Federal Government Relations
Robert A. Miller
Chair, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
Leah  Pappas Porner
Partner-in-Charge, Columbus; Chair, Government Relations and Legislation
Joshua R. Sanders
Vice Chair, Government Relations and Legislation



7.20.2020 – Webinar With U.S. Congressman Troy Balderson

U.S. Congressman Troy Balderson (R-OH, 12th District) joined Christine Hesse (Lead Principal, Calfee Strategic Solutions, Federal Government Relations and Policy), for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­a conversation about federal economic recovery and stimulus legislation, including the CARES Act, the Paycheck Protection Program and other small business-related relief, and transportation and infrastructure initiatives. Leah Pappas Porner, (Chair, Calfee's Government Relations & Legislation practice) provided introductory remarks. 

6.23.2020 – Webinar With U.S. Congressman Dave Joyce

U.S. Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH, 14th District) joined John Mino (Partner, Calfee's Corporate and Capital Markets Practice Group) and Christine Hesse (Lead Principal, Calfee Strategic Solutions, Federal Government Relations and Policy), to discuss the federal government’s ongoing actions to address the COVID pandemic and give an update from the Appropriations Committee.

6.17.2020 – Webinar With J.P. Nauseef, President & Chief Executive Officer of JobsOhio

J.P. Nauseef, President and Chief Executive Officer of JobsOhio, joined Tim Day, Principal, Calfee Strategic Solutions, and Leah Pappas Porner, Chair, Calfee's Government Relations & Legislation practice, to discuss the JobsOhio plan to get Ohioans back to work following the COVID-19 pandemic and the JobsOhio investment in innovation districts across the state.  

6.15.2020 – An Analysis of Ohio's COVID-19 Immunity Legislation With Senator John Eklund

Calfee attorneys Michael VanBuren (Partner, Health Care Regulation), Matthew Mendoza (Partner, Litigation) and moderator Raymond Tarasuck (Senior Counsel, Government Relations & Legislation) were joined by Senator John Eklund, Chair of the Ohio Senate’s Judiciary Committee for a discussion and analysis of Ohio's COVID-19 Immunity Legislation.

6.11.2020 – Webinar With Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague

Leah Pappas Porner (Chair, Government Relations and Legislation) and Blake Beachler (Practice Leader, Public Finance) were joined by Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague where they discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the state of financial systems, the fiscal health of the State of Ohio and local governments, and the initiatives the Treasurer is working on to help individuals, businesses and government entities weather this crisis.

6.09.2020 – Roundtable Discussion With Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Former Mayor Charlie Luken

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley was joined by former Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken (Senior Counsel, Calfee Government Relations & Legislation) for a discussion regarding leading through unrest on the heels of a pandemic.

6.02.2020 – Roundtable Discussion With Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish joined Ray Tarasuck and Michael Bowen, attorneys with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group, for a discussion regarding Cuyahoga County’s response to COVID-19.

5.21.2020 – Roundtable Discussion With U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez

U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) joined John Mino and Brent Pietrafese (Partners, Calfee's Corporate and Capital Markets practice group) and Christine Hesse (Lead Principal, Calfee Strategic Solutions, Federal Government Relations and Policy), to discuss the early challenges of the CARES Act, including PPP loan eligibility and forgiveness issues, and Anthony's vision to restart the economy.

5.06.2020 – Roundtable Discussion With Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Brent Ballard, Calfee's Managing Partner, and Ray Tarasuck and Michael Bowen, attorneys with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group, hosted a webinar roundtable discussion with Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson where the Mayor discussed the city's strategic COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

4.29.2020 – Webinar With Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Neil Bradley of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Tim Day, Principal, Federal Government Relations and Policy with Calfee Strategic Solutions, hosted a webinar discussion with U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where they discussed COVID-19 funding and the role technology is playing in our economy.

4.24.2020 – Webinar With Ohio State Senator Matt Huffman

Leah Pappas Porner, Chair, and Josh Sanders, Vice Chair of Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group, hosted a roundtable discussion webinar with Ohio State Senator Matt Huffman in which he discussed the Senate’s efforts to help Ohio through the COVID-19 crisis, including steps the Chamber has already taken and efforts they are currently pursuing for future legislative action.

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