Summary

Don brings over thirty years experience advising and representing clients in the areas of litigation and administrative law, ethics, and campaign and election law. He is frequently sought out to advise and represent judges, lawyers and those who deal with the government on how to meet their ethical and legal duties, including defending clients against claims that they have failed to do so. Don appears routinely on behalf of his clients before the Ohio Elections Commission, the Ohio Ethics Commission, the Inspector General’s office, and the Joint Legislative Ethics Commission. He also handles cases before the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Ethics and Grievances, the Disciplinary Counsel and bar association Certified Grievance Committees. He is a well respected counselor in the area of ethics and professional responsibility and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America as one of the top lawyers in the administrative and litigation practices.

In addition to his work in the ethics area, Don routinely advises office holders, candidates and other politically active individuals and organizations on campaign finance law compliance issues regarding appropriate fundraising and spending, candidate filings, as well as avoiding or defending slander or libel charges during a campaign. Don has perennially been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer in the area of Political Law for his work in this area.

Awards

All Service Areas

Education

  • Yale Law School (1981)
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., summa cum laude, (1977)

Admissions

  • Federal - Northern District of Ohio
  • Federal - Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - U.S. Supreme Court
  • State - Ohio

Speeches and Publications

Don has given presentations and authored articles on a variety of litigation, election and other-related topics.

  • "Ohio Campaign Spending/Finance Laws," presentation at The Nuts and Bolts of Campaign Finance Conference, Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, Oct. 26, 2017
  • "Voting Rights: Past, Present & Future," presentation to the Ohio Judicial Conference, Sept. 16, 2016
  • "SCOTUS Fails: Worst Decisions Ever," presentation to the Moyer Inns of Court, Sept. 14, 2016
  • "Politics and the Virture of Hope." presentation to the Catholic Businessman's Luncheon Club, Sept. 2, 2016
  • Contributor to Ohio Administrative Law Handbook and Directory (West Group 1993 – present)
  • “Public Contracts – HB 694 Changes to Ohio’s Contracting and Contribution Law” Ohio Cities and Villages, July/August 2007
  • “Corporate Governance and Politics - where should the lines be drawn?” Columbus Business First, Oct. 24, 2008

Professional Affiliations

  • AV Peer Review Rating (LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell)
  • American Inns of Court (President, Duncan Chapter 1998-1999)
  • Columbus Bar Association (Member )
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Member, Litigation Section)
  • Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies (Free Speech & Election Law and Religious Liberties Practice Groups)

Community Involvement

  • Catholics for Ohio (Board Member 2012 - present)
  • Knight of Malta (Member & Treasurer, Columbus Region)
  • Center of Care Clinic (Board Member)