Brian M. Zets

Brian M. Zets

P: 614.221.2121 | F: 614.365.9516

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about BrianX+X+


The co-chair of Isaac Wiles public law group, Brian Zets has proven experience in all aspects of municipal government.

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.

He serves as Law Director for the City of Pataskala. He serves at Legal Advisor for Washington Township. He serves 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.

Because of his extensive background, Brian has been retained as an expert witness in municipal land and zoning matters. He also has defended many municipalities in lawsuits involving claims of malicious prosecution, First Amendment and Fourth Amendment issues, defamation, wrongful death, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and various other state torts.

In addition to his public sector work, Brian is trusted to provide advice to many private and non-profit businesses. He often helps clients navigate through decisions concerning asset purchase agreements, contract drafting and disputes, non-compete agreements, various employment issues, and other matters that affect businesses on a day-to-day basis. As a litigator, Brian has tried numerous state and federal bench and jury trials and has appeared before several administrative agencies, including the PUCO 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 the firm’s Associate Development Committee and Lateral Hiring Committee.


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


  • “Case Law Update, March 2017 OMAA Spring CLE Conference”
  • “The Fourth Amendment – Arrest, Search/Seizure, Use Of Force, 2017 New Albany Citizens Police Academy”
  • “Dazed and Confused, Understanding Medical Marijuana, 2017 Ohio Township Association Winter Conference”
  • “Medical Marijuana In Your Township, December 2016, Ohio Township Association Law Directors CLE”
  • Use of Executive Session, 2015 Ohio Township Association Law Director’s Group Meeting & CLE
  • Social Media for Public Entities, 2013 Municipal Civil Law Institute
  • 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)

honors X+


  • AVVO Rating – Excellent
  • Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star 2009, 2010 & 2011 —Government/Cities/Municipalities
  • Ohio Super Lawyer 2015, 2016 and 2017 – State, Local, and Municipal