J. Donald Mottley

Director, Focused Capitol Solutions LLC Columbus


Don is a director of Focused Capitol Solutions LLC. Having served four successful terms as an Ohio State Representative, Don is widely respected both inside and outside of government. While serving in the Ohio General Assembly, he chaired the Ways and Means and Agency Rule Review Committees. He served on the Finance and Insurance Committees as well. Don also served as a top aide to a Montgomery County Auditor and a County Commissioner. He began his tenure in the Ohio House in 1993.

In addition to his position with Focused Capitol Solutions, Don is also Of Counsel with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. His law practice focuses on tax and probate. Don graduated from Wright State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, graduating magna cum laude. Don also received a Master of Science in Economics from Wright State University. He received his Juris Doctor from Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, where he received the highest GPA in his graduating class, and achieved a 100th percentile score on the Ohio Bar Examination.


A registered lobbyist, Don is located in the Focused Capitol Solutions offices in Columbus, overlooking the Ohio State Capitol. He draws on more than 25 years of experience as an elected or appointed public official, plus his private sector experience as an attorney and financial manager.

All Service Areas


  • Salmon P. Chase College of Law - Northern Kentucky University (1991)
  • Wright State University (1976)
  • Wright State University (1975)


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

Speeches and Publications

  • Presenter, “Ohio Legislative and Regulatory Update, 2023 Ohio Business Tax Seminar, May 17, 2023.
  • Co-Presenter, “Ohio Municipal Income Tax and Remote Workforce,” 2023 Ohio Business Tax Seminar, May 17, 2023.

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association

    Member, Taxation Committee
    Chair, Municipal Income Taxation Subcommittee

  • 61st Annual Cleveland Tax Institute 2018

    Keynote Speaker

Community Involvement

  • Gambling Impact Review Commission

    Past Member and Chairman

  • Ohio Chamber of Commerce

    Member, Taxation and Public Expenditure Committee

  • Leadership Worthington

    Board Member

  • Worthington Resource Pantry

    Board Member

  • Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club

    Community Service Chair