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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. 

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

Noteworthy

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2021 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in Government Relations Practice (Metropolitan Tier 1 Columbus, Metropolitan Tier 2 Cincinnati).

Disclaimer

Although many of the professionals in Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation group are attorneys, the non-licensed professionals in this group are not authorized to engage in the practice of law. Accordingly, our non-licensed professionals' advice should not be regarded as legal advice and their services should not be considered the practice of law.

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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.


4.7.2021 - Episode 16 With Renee Ligon, Director of Partnerships & Engagement at Team NEO

On Episode 16 of Calfee NOW, Michael Bowen, Associate with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group spoke with Renee Ligon, Director of Partnerships & Engagement at Team NEO.

Topics discussed included:

  • Her professional background and how she ended up at Team NEO.
  • How she interacts with elected officials and how her roles differs from a traditional government advocate.
  • What Team NEO is and its purpose in the Greater Cleveland area.
  • Team NEO's upcoming projects in Cuyahoga County for 2021.

Calfee NOW With Renne Ligon



3.31.2021 - Episode 15 With Congressman Tim Ryan

On Episode 15 of Calfee NOW, Raymond Tarasuck, Senior Counsel with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group, and Jamie Gregory, Lead Principal, Calfee Federal Government Relations and Policy, spoke with Congressman Tim Ryan (D - OH, District 13). 

Topics discussed included:

  • The events of January 6, 2021 and how it has impacted constituents, visitors and advocates interacting with their members of congress. 
  • The issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which of those issues he is prioritizing, and how he plans to address them in the next Congressional Session. 
  • Details of a possible infrastructure package and what issues will be highlighted. 
  • If the return of earmarks will help members of Congress accomplish projects in their districts. 
  • His role as Chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus and his plan going forward to prioritize manufacturing and innovation at the federal level. 
  • How the relationships formed over two decades in Congress will help him achieve his legislative goals. 

Calfee NOW Episode 22



2.10.2021 - Episode 14 With Ohio State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, Thomas West

On Episode 14 of Calfee NOW, Michael Bowen, Associate with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group spoke with Ohio State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, Thomas West (D - District 49).

Topics discussed included:

  • What encouraged him to get into politics. 
  • District 49 and its strengths and weaknesses. 
  • What he hopes to accomplish during his term as President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus. 

Calfee NOW Episode 20



2.5.2021 - Episode 13 With Greg Browning, Ph.D., President of Capital Partners 

On Episode 13 of Calfee NOW, Maryellen Corbett, Senior Counsel with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group, spoke with Greg Browning, Ph.D., President of Capital Partners and former Director of the Ohio Office of Budget and Management. 

Topics discussed included: 

  • What Ohio's budget is, how it is crafted and the partnerships it represents. 
  • How the state budget process impacts policy and politics. 
  • The work that goes into preparing the operating budget bill. 
  • The biggest challenges with the legislative side of the budget process. 
  • What accounts for the ongoing strength of Ohio's revenue and the stability of the state's budget. 
  • The difference between the DeWine administration's budget system vs. the previous administration's. 

Calfee NOW Episode 19



2.3.2021 - Episode 12 With Ohio State Representative Kristin Boggs (D - District 18)

On Episode 12 of Calfee NOW, Josh Sanders, Vice Chair of Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group spoke with Ohio State Representative Kristin Boggs (D - District 18). 

Topics discussed included: 

  • How she got into politics. 
  • The makeup of District 18. 
  • The impact that COVID-19 and racial tension has had on District 18. 
  • Her legislative priorities for this year.
  • What advice she gives to newer General Assembly members trying to accomplish policy goals. 
  • What's the best way for constituents and clients to get involved with the budget process. 

Calfee NOW Episode 18



1.27.2021 - Episode 11 With Ohio State Representative Dontavius L. Jarrells  (D - District 25)

On Episode 11 of Calfee NOW, Michael Bowen, Associate with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group spoke with Ohio State Representative Dontavius L. Jarrells  (D - District 25). 

Topics discussed included: 

  • What made him want to be an elected official.
  • The assets and weaknesses of District 25 in Columbus.
  • The legislation and policy initiatives he hopes to accomplish in his first term. 





12.17.2020 - Episode 10 With Marty McGann, Executive Vice President, Advocacy & Strategic Initiatives With the Greater Cleveland Partnership 

On Episode 10 of Calfee NOW, Michael Bowen, Associate with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group spoke with Marty McGann, Executive Vice President, Advocacy & Strategic Initiatives with the Greater Cleveland Partnership

Topics discussed included:

  • Marty's involvement in Northeast Ohio politics prior to joining Greater Cleveland Partnership. 
  • What his role with advocacy and strategy initiatives with the Greater Cleveland Partnership entails. 
  • How Greater Cleveland Partnership navigates working at the federal, state and local levels to advance the Northeast Ohio region. 
  • How economic development is evolving in Cuyahoga County and what role does government play in that. 
  • What initiatives the Greater Cleveland Partnership anticipates focusing on in the future.

Calfee NOW Episode 16 

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12.16.2020 - Episode 9 With Cleveland City Councilman Kerry McCormack

On Episode 9 of Calfee NOW, Raymond TarasuckSenior Counsel with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group, spoke with Cleveland City Councilman Kerry McCormack (Ward 3).  

Topics Discussed Included:

  • A detailed breakdown of each area Councilman McCormack represents: Tremont, Ohio City, The Stockyards, and Downtown. 
  • Councilman McCormack's role as Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and the important work he is doing. 
  • The importance of working with grassroots organizations and neighborhood leaders in order to get the message out about taking the COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • How much potential Cleveland and Northeast Ohio have and how the region can be even better coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing on health, job growth and reducing poverty. 

Calfee NOW Episode 15 With Kerry McCormack



12.10.2020 - Episode 8 With Senator Nickie J. Antonio 

On Episode 8 of Calfee NOW, Raymond Tarasuck, Senior Counsel with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group, spoke with Ohio State Senator Nickie J. Antonio (D - District 23). 

Topics discussed included:

  • The makeup of District 23.
  • Senator Antonio's work with higher education, workers' rights, equal rights for women and the LGBTQ community, and health care.
  • Senator Antonio's experience working to combat the state's opioid crisis.
  • Where Ohio is heading politically on a statewide and local level. 

Calfee NOW Episode 14 With Senator Antonio



12.04.2020 - Episode 7 With Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted

On Episode 7 of Calfee NOW, Leah Pappas Porner, Chair, and Josh Sanders, Vice Chair of Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group spoke with Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted

Topics discussed included:

  • What the Lieutenant Governor hopes to see accomplished by the lame duck session of the Ohio General Assembly 
  • The Lieutenant Governor's policy priorities heading into 2021
  • Planning for Ohio's 2021 budget
  • Keeping the attention and focus on accessible broadband

Calfee NOW Episode 12 With Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted


11.18.2020 - Episode 6 With Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin

On Episode 6 of Calfee NOW, Michael Bowen, Associate with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group spoke with Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin

Topics Discussed Included:

  • How Council President Hardin got his start in politics
  • His working relationship with former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman 
  • How the Columbus business community impacts his role as Council President 
  • The strengths, assets and weaknesses of the City of Columbus 

Calfee NOW Episode 10 With Council President Shannon Hardin



11.2.2020 - Episode 5 With Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein

On Episode 5 of Calfee NOW, Michael Bowen, Associate with Calfee's Government Relations and Legislation practice group spoke with Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein

Topics discussed included: 

  • Why City Attorney Klein decided to become involved in politics
  • The role and responsibilities of a city attorney
  • How the city attorney and the city council interact with businesses in the community
  • The current assets of Columbus and what is in store for the future

Calfee NOW Episode 9 With Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein




10.30.2020 - Episode 4 With Ohio State Representative Terrence Upchurch

On Episode 4 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

Calfee NOW Episode 8




10.29.2020 - Episode 3 With Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley

On Episode 3 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

Calfee NOW Episode 7




10.27.2020 - Episode 2 With Ohio State Senator Sandra Williams

On Episode 2 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 1 With Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani

On Episode 1 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




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.

Webinars

Webinars

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 and 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.

View a transcript of this webinar. 



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.

View a transcript of this webinar. 



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 and Legislation) for a discussion regarding leading through unrest on the heels of a pandemic.

View a transcript of this webinar. 



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.

View a transcript of this webinar. 



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.

View a transcript of this webinar. 


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.

View a transcript of this webinar.

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