Brian M. Zets

Brian M. Zets

P: 614.221.2121 | F: 614.365.9516

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about BrianX+X+

Brian serves as the Chair of the Automotive/Motorsport Practice Group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Public Law Practice Group.

In his personal and professional life, Brian has a passion for all things automotive and motorsport. Whether it’s classic muscle or collector cars, the NHRA, corporate sponsorship, or the companies that supply aftermarket high-performance parts, Brian is an enthusiast and understands the industry. Brian has experience with drafting contracts, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, and employment agreements. He also represents clients in complex litigation and helps them navigate thru regulatory matters across the country.

When not helping his private sector clients, Brian works equally as hard in the public sector. He serves as Law Director for the City of Pataskala, Legal Advisor for Washington Township, and as Solicitor for a number of municipalities, including the Villages of Shawnee Hills, Greenfield, Thurston, Kirkersville, Thornville, Glenford, Brice, South Salem, and Bremen. And, he has been retained as special counsel by the Cities of Upper Arlington, Gahanna, Groveport, Newark, and Sandusky. Brian has skillfully handled legal matters in the areas of municipal contracts, water and sanitary sewer agreements, zoning and land use, annexation, eminent domain, public meetings and public records law, administrative appeals, Mayor’s Court and municipal court prosecution, police liability, as well as Section 1983 and state tort litigation.

As a litigator, Brian has tried numerous state and federal bench and jury trials and has appeared before several administrative agencies, including the PUCO, the Board of Tax Appeals, and the Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing. He has argued numerous appeals before the Tenth District and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the Ohio Supreme Court.

Within the Firm, Brian is a member of multiple committees including, Management Committee, Marketing Committee, Associate Development Committee and Lateral Hiring Committee.

education & admissionsX+


  • The University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 1996
  • The Ohio State University, B.A., Political Science, 1993

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1997
articles & presentationsX+

articles & presentations


  • “What State’s Medical Marijuana Law Means For Ohio Employers," Columbus Business First, February 2017
  • “Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law," Ohio Township News, November/December 2016”
  • “Pre-Suit Mediation: An Often Overlooked Risk Management Tool,” Public Risk Magazine, February 2009
  • “The Ohio Supreme Court Agrees with Employers; Trade Secrets, Including Client Lists, Cannot Be Memorized and Used by Former Employees,” Courting Success, Spring 2008
  • “Wallace v. Kato: The Supreme Court Invites Even More Federal Lawsuits Against your Municipality and Police Officers,” Public Risk Magazine, March 2007
  • “To Enjoin or Not to Enjoin: The Supreme Court Will Decide,” E-Currents, 2006
  • “Tort Law Update,” Cities and Villages: Journal of the Ohio Municipal League January/February 2005


  • "Medical Marijuana Law Update," 2017 Delaware County Township Trustee Training, November 18, 2017
  • "Understanding Medical Marijuana in Ohio and the Effects on Commercial Real Estate," Co-presenter, NAIOP Central Ohio Chapter luncheon, August 9, 2017
  • “Case Law Update," OMAA Spring CLE Conference, March 2017
  • “The Fourth Amendment – Arrest, Search/Seizure, Use Of Force," 2017 New Albany Citizens Police Academy
  • “Dazed and Confused, Understanding Medical Marijuana," Ohio Township Association Winter Conference, 2017
  • “Medical Marijuana in Your Township," Ohio Township Association Law Directors CLE, December 2016
  • "Use of Executive Session," Ohio Township Association Law Director’s Group Meeting & CLE, 2015
  • "Social Media for Public Entities," Municipal Civil Law Institute, 2013
  • "End of Life Issues: Presentation on Living Wills and Powers of Attorney," Church of the Resurrection, 2008
professional & community activitiesX+

professional & community activities


  • Ohio State Bar Association - Young Lawyers Committee Board of Governors (1997 – 1999); Labor and Employment Law Section; Litigation Section
  • Columbus Bar Association – Admissions Committee, Federal Court Committee, Labor and Employment Law Committee
  • Licking County Bar Association
  • Public Risk Management Association – Ohio Chapter Member
  • Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association
  • Ohio Township Association
  • City of New Albany Cemetery Restoration Advisory Committee, Chair (2016 and 2017)
  • Village of New Albany Board of Tax Appeals (2007–present)
  • Pelotonia Bike Tour, benefiting The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Lead Volunteer in City of Athens, 2009, 2010, 2011; Bike Volunteer in Gambier, Ohio (2012 and 2013)
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital Development Board (2010 & 2011)
  • New Albany Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trustees (2005 – 2007, 2010 and 2011); 2010 Chairman – Board of Trustees; 2007 Vice Chair & Legal Advisor; 2006 Executive Recorder & Legal Advisor; 2005 Golf Classic Chair
  • Village of New Albany, Charter Review Commission (2008–2009)
  • OSBA Ohio Mock Trial Program State Competition, Judge (2003–2005, 2009)
  • Adventures for Wish Kids, Miracles& Magic Committee Chair (2007 & 2008)
  • New Albany Community Foundation, Advancement Committee Member (2005–2007)
  • Komen Columbus Race for the Cure, Event Volunteer (2000–2005)
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association, MDA Telethon Volunteer (1998 – 2001)



  • AVVO Rating – Excellent
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2015-2018
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2009-2011