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Joshua R. Sanders Partner

Josh has spent many years involved in the practice of government relations, bringing valuable experience in this unique area to his clients on a variety of issues.


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Josh started his career as a staffer in the Ohio Senate and then as a legislative liaison for the Ohio Department of Commerce. This firsthand experience allows Josh to help navigate his clients through the complexities and hurdles found in the legislative and agency arenas. Josh also brings an in-depth understanding of the needs and responsibilities of his corporate clients in the government relations field.

Before joining Calfee, he handled an entire region of government relations issues for both the largest smokeless tobacco manufacturer and the world’s leading premium drinks business. This combination of state government knowledge and corporate culture understanding allows Josh to produce results for his clients.

Josh now works on both legislative, agency and executive projects for a variety of Fortune 500 companies. His work stretches from detailed involvement in the securing of liquor permits for retail clients to obtainment of funds in the biannual State budget. Josh has extensive legislative experience in the areas of alcohol, tobacco, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, technology, agriculture, energy and higher education.

Josh also has directed a number of grass-roots projects aimed at both state and federal elected officials.

Josh currently serves on the Ohio State Bar Association Public Utilities Committee, the Ohio State Bar Association Construction Law Committee and the Ohio State Bar Association Liquor and Gaming Law Committee.  He is also a member of the Ohio Lobbyist Association.  He is on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and President of the Granville Community Foundation. He has been a presenter at the Crain’s Cleveland Business Breakfast Series as well as at the Ohio State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy.

Josh joined Calfee in February 2011, becoming a partner in 2013.