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.