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Since 1988, Calfee’s Government Relations and Legislation practice has been respected for its political savvy and effectiveness, legal expertise, honesty, and relationships with all levels of local, state and federal government on both sides of the political aisle.

Calfee’s Government Relations and Legislation team spans across the Midwest and nationally, including Washington, D.C. We are continuously building and strengthening relationships with key decision makers, from legislative aides to top lawmakers and officials, to advocate for our clients and work with them to provide sophisticated solutions for their business needs.

Many of our lawyers and lobbyists have formerly served in governmental positions, including capacities such as the mayor of a major city, director of a state cabinet-level agency, and member of the U.S. Congress. Our collective knowledge and experiences allow us to analyze the law and political climate, anticipate how it may affect businesses, and execute a plan that will help clients communicate and work effectively with all levels of government.

As one of the top law firms in Ohio, Calfee lobbyists also have the legal background and immediate resources of lawyers in offices across the state and in Washington, D.C. who provide a variety of specialized services. We are able to analyze the law for our clients, anticipate how it may impact their business, and strategize and execute a plan of action. 

Our Government Relations team frequently works in conjunction with our wholly owned subsidiary, Calfee Strategic Solutions, a government relations and public affairs firm that helps clients achieve their business objectives through strong relationships with key decision makers in Ohio, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C.

Calfee partners with our clients to deliver superior services that result in success, including:

Legislative Lobbying

  • Develop legislative strategy
  • Draft legislation
  • Prepare testimony
  • Build legislative support
  • Testify before legislative committees
  • Foster legislative relationships with clients
  • Monitor legislative activity

 Executive Agency Lobbying

  • Develop lobbying strategy
  • Prepare supporting materials and briefings
  • Foster executive agency relationships with clients

 Public Policy Advocacy

  • Analyze policy and political perspectives
  • Develop grass-roots support
  • Create coalitions among stakeholders
  • Coordinate and analyze media and public relations

Government Contract / Executive Agency Procurement

  • Monitor procurement opportunities
  • Develop business relationships
  • Support State Term Schedule applications
  • Counsel on competitive bid requirements
  • Assist with public records requests
  • Truth-In-Negotiations Act issues
  • Buy American / Buy Ohio
  • Specification requirements

Agency Regulatory Matters

  • Analyze regulations
  • Prepare legal and political arguments
  • Attend hearings on behalf of clients
  • Ensure Executive Order compliance
  • Assist with permit and licensing regulations and applications
  • Develop compatible required legislation

Administrative Rule-Making Process

  • Monitor administrative agencies
  • Draft administrative rules
  • Impact rule-making process
  • Represent clients in public and administrative hearings

Political Action Committees (PACs)

  • Review laws and regulations
  • Develop strategies for PAC contributions
  • Facilitate legal formation
  • Handle regulatory functions
  • Monitor campaign finance limitations


Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2020 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S.News –Best Lawyers in America for Government Relations practice (Metropolitan Tier 1 Columbus).


Although many of the professionals in Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation group are attorneys, the non-licensed professionals in this group are affiliated with Calfee Strategic Solutions LLC (CSS). CSS is not a law firm and is not authorized to engage in the practice of law. Accordingly, its advice should not be regarded as legal advice, and its services should not be considered the practice of law.




Calfee is proud to lobby for clients such as:

  • Alliance for Automotive Innovation
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Diageo
  • FirstEnergy Corp.
  • Gilead Sciences
  • JACK Entertainment
  • KeyBank
  • Ohio Apartment Association
  • RPM International Inc.

We act as zealous advocates for all clients across various industries, including:

  • Associations
  • Banking, financial services and insurance
  • Energy
  • Environmental and natural resources
  • Gaming and hospitality
  • Health care
  • Higher education
  • Manufacturing
  • Real estate
  • Retail organizations
  • Technology

Calfee NOW

Calfee NOW

Brief conversations with policymakers and industry leaders offering insights on Noteworthy topics, associated Opportunities and trends to Watch for in the near future.

10.30.2020 - Episode 8 With Ohio State Representative Terrence Upchurch

On episode 8 of Calfee NOW, Michael Bowen, Associate with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group spoke with Ohio State Representative Terrence Upchurch (D - District 10). 

Topics discussed included:

  • The makeup of District 10
  • What the state of Ohio is doing to widen access to broadband 
  • How he effectively legislates as a member of the minority party 
  • Legislative Priorities for Representative Upchurch’s second term
  • The assets and challenges in the community of District 10

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10.29.2020 - Episode 7 With Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley

On episode 7 of Calfee NOW, Michael Bowen, Associate with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group spoke with Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley

Topics discussed included:

  • The makeup of Ward 13
  • The current state of Cleveland during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Legislative priorities for the city of Cleveland going forward
  • How clients and the community can get involved with local government

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10.28.2020 - Episode 6 With U.S Congressman Steve Stivers

On episode 6 of Calfee NOW, Tim Day, Principal with Calfee Strategic Solutions, spoke with U.S. Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH, District 15). 

Topics discussed included:

  • The makeup of District 15.
  • How his work on the House Financial Services Committee helps his district.
  • His role on the Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and his bi-partisan approach to issues.
  • How he's helped his district through the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • What he hopes to see in the next COVID-19 relief bill.

10.27.2020 - Episode 5 With Ohio State Senator Sandra Williams

On episode 5 of Calfee NOW, Michael Bowen, Associate with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group spoke with Ohio State Senator Sandra Williams (D - District 21). 

Topics discussed included:

  • Her journey into politics
  • The diverse makeup of District 21
  • How she effectively legislates as a member of the minority party
  • Her legislative priorities and what she hopes to accomplish

10.6.2020 - Episode 4 With Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani

On episode 4 of Calfee NOW, Josh Sanders, Vice Chair of Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group spoke with Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani (R - District 42). 

Topics Discussed Included:

  • Why Representative Antani decided to become an elected official 
  • The makeup of District 42
  • How bi-partisanship is a part of the state legislative process

10.2.2020 – Episode 3 “Applying Artificial Intelligence Solutions to Problems in Medicine” With Timothy W. Deyer, M.D.

On episode 3 of Calfee NOW, Tim Day (Principal, Federal Government Relations, Calfee Strategic Solutions) and Jack Smith (Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property) spoke with Timothy W. Deyer, M.D., Chief Medical Information Officer, Head of Musculoskeletal Interventional Procedures, East River Medical Imaging and Assistant Clinical Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University in New York City. 

Dr. Deyer is also a founder of the company RadImageNet that develops artificial intelligence solutions for treatment and diagnosis based on radiological image data.  Dr. Deyer recently co-authored a paper in the scientific journal Nature presenting an artificial intelligence routine that diagnoses early stage COVID-19.  He discusses implementation of artificial intelligence in medicine, the peculiar problem of obtaining structured data in medical applications, and his international collaborations in pursuit of that data.  Dr. Deyer also discusses how standardization of medical data (e.g., via public policy) would advance the use and effectiveness of artificial intelligence in medicine.

10.1.2020 – Episode 2 “Practical Artificial Intelligence:  New Approaches to Development, Funding, and Security” With Jon Myers, CEO of DataShapes

On episode 2 of Calfee NOW, Tim Day (Principal, Federal Government Relations, Calfee Strategic Solutions) and Jack Smith (Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property) spoke with Jon Myers, CEO and Founder of DataShapes, a Silicon Valley company devoted to finding practical, portable, and light weight artificial intelligence solutions with minimal computational overhead for the analysis of unstructured data in real time. The solutions provide an alternative to deep learning algorithms that are not readily adaptable for field use in defense applications. Jon discusses his company’s revolutionary technology, national security issues in artificial intelligence, maintaining US competitiveness, and the current state of startup funding in the artificial intelligence space. 

9.29.2020 – Episode 1 With U.S. Congressman Troy Balderson 

During Episode 1 of Calfee NOW, Tim Day, Principal with Calfee Strategic Solutions, spoke with U.S. Congressman Troy Balderson (R-OH, 12th District). 

Topics discussed included: The makeup of Ohio’s 12th Congressional District

  • Congressman Balderson's work on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, and the House Small Business Committee benefit his district
  • Congressman Balderson's bi-partisan work in Washington
  • How Congressman Balderson is addressing the timely concerns of his constituents

The opinions expressed by guest speakers and panelists during Calfee NOW interviews may not necessarily reflect the view points of the attorneys and professionals of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP or its subsidiaries or affiliates. Calfee’s educational content is intended to inform and educate readers about legal developments and is not intended as legal advice for any specific individual or specific situation. Please consult with your attorney regarding any legal questions you may have. With regard to all content including case studies or descriptions, past outcomes do not predict future results. Updates related to all COVID-19 government assistance programs are provided with the most current information made available to Calfee at the time of publication. Clarifications and further guidance are being disseminated from government authorities on an ongoing basis. All information should be reaffirmed prior to the submission of any application and/or program participation.



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 Corporate and Capital Markets) 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 Corporate and Capital Markets) 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 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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