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Leah has extensive experience in leading and defending legislative efforts, including building coalitions and working with stakeholders and trade associations. She has counseled clients regarding issues affecting the higher education, Medicaid, utility, charter school, banking, environmental, gaming, technology and housing industries as well as tort reform and civil procedure reform.

Leah has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2013-2020) for Government Relations Practice. In 2014, Leah was named "Lawyer of the Year" in Government Relations by Best Lawyers. She was named one of the “Most Effective Law Firm Lobbyists” by Opinion Strategies Inc.

Early in her career, Leah was a participant in Leadership Columbus and the American Council of Young Political Leaders. Currently, she enjoys serving on the COSI Board of Trustees and the Capital Square Foundation Board.

In August 2016, Leah was a panelist at the Joint Women’s Leadership Summit at J. M. Smucker in Orrville, Ohio.

Leah served as assistant deputy legal counsel for Ohio’s governor from 1992 to 1995 and was the director of special counsel for the Ohio Attorney General from 1995 to 1999. She began her tenure with Calfee in 1999, became a partner in 2002, was elected to the firm’s Executive Committee in 2009 and the Management Committee in 2011. She was named Partner-in-Charge of the Columbus office in 2012.

Honors & Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America©, Government Relations Practice, 2013-2020

The Best Lawyers in America©, "Lawyer of the Year" in Government Relations, 2014

Opinion Strategies Inc., “Most Effective Law Firm Lobbyists” 


J.D., Capital University Law School, 1992

B.A., Miami University, 1988

Professional & Community

Professional & Community

COSI, board of trustees

Capitol Square Foundation Board, trustee

Calfee Women Lead

Federal Judiciary Advisory Committee, member

News & Events


Licensed In

  • Ohio 

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
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