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Thad represents clients in diverse matters related to state and local government, with an emphasis on land use and economic development issues, including municipal annexation, development agreements, and zoning applications. Thad’s variety of experience and his practical approach to helping clients solve problems informs his service as general counsel to the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority and law director for the City of Canal Winchester, Ohio.

In addition to advising his clients on public law matters, Thad’s litigation experience in state and federal courts includes defense of appeals and constitutional claims arising from local zoning decisions; Ohio Supreme Court litigation on local taxation, economic development, and elections issues; and representations in front of state and local agencies, including the Ohio power siting board.

Thad is a regular speaker and author for the Ohio Municipal League and Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association on a variety of local government law topics.

Thad's Relevant Experience

Other Info About Thad


Law School

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2012, cum laude

Undergraduate School

Miami University, B.A., 2009, cum laude, University Honors

Bar Memberships

Thad is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Ohio, 2012


Thad is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

Ohio Supreme Court

Ohio Courts of Appeal

Ohio Trial Courts

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals


Local & National Recognition

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2021-2022

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Rising Stars®, 2021-2022

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association (OMAA)

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Columbus Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Ohio State University Alumni Association: Ohio State Law Journal (2010-2012; Articles Editor 2011-2012); Moot Court Team, Corporate Law (2012)

Leadership Upper Arlington (2015 Class; Board President 2017-2018)

Ohio State Bar Association Leadership Program (2019 Class)

Leadership Dublin (2020)

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Leadership UA Board of Directors (2015-Present; Vice President 2016-2021)

Oakstone Community School, Board of Trustees (2016-2021)

Upper Arlington Civil Service Commission (Member, 2018-Present)


Thad was invited to speak at the following events:

Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association Conference, Member of Model Sign Ordinance Drafting Committee and Panelist (2016)

Ohio Municipal League, Income Tax Seminar (2018)

Major Publications

Thad is an author or contributor to the following publications:

Author, “The First Amendment Protects Profanity in Yard Signs—Even for “the Queen-Mother of Dirty Words,” Ohio Municipal League White Paper, October 2020.

Author, “FCC Small-Cell Ruling Adds Federal Restrictions on Local Decision-Making.” Ohio Municipal League Cities & Villages. November/December 2018.

Co-Author with Stephen Smith, “Hotels Straining City Services” Cities and Villages Magazine, Ohio Municipal League, January/February 2018.

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