Brian serves as the Chair of the Automotive/Motorsport Practice Group and Chair of the 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, like JEGS Automotive, Brian is an enthusiast and understands the industry. Brian has experience with drafting contracts, sponsorship agreements, and employment agreements. He also represents these clients in complex litigation and helps them navigate thru regulatory matters across the country.
In 2016, as Ohio became the next state to legalize medical marijuana, Brian began watching the rules develop and followed closely as the Medical Marijuana Control Program came into focus. He has spoken many times to various groups about all aspects of medical marijuana – from zoning issues to employment matters to licensure. Being at the forefront of this growing industry, Brian has the experience and knowledge necessary to help his numerous cultivator and dispensary clients succeed in the industry. Whether it is actual litigation or administrative hearings, Brian provides trusted advice and representation to the medical marijuana industry.
When not helping his private sector clients be successful, Brian works equally as hard in the public sector. He serves as Law Director for the City of Pataskala, Legal Advisor for two townships - Washington Township and Orange Township, and as Solicitor for a number of municipalities, including the Villages of Shawnee Hills, Greenfield, Thurston, Kirkersville, Thornville, Buckeye Lake, 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, and often lectures on, 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 Board of Revisions. 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.