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Leah Pappas Porner Partner

Leah, named one of the “Most Effective Law Firm Lobbyists” by Opinion Strategies Inc., serves as Partner in Charge for Calfee’s Columbus office and Chair of the Government Relations and Legislation group. Leah works closely with clients to develop effective government relations strategies.  She regularly advises clients on the legislative, executive agencies and regulatory matters.

Leah has extensive experience in leading and defending legislative efforts, including building coalitions and working with stakeholders, trade associations, and she has counseled clients regarding issues affecting the higher education, Medicaid, utility, charter school, banking, environmental, gaming, technology and housing industries as well as tort reform and civil procedure reform.

In 2014, Leah was named Lawyer of the Year in government relations by Best Lawyers. Leah was a participant in Leadership Columbus and the American Council of Young Political Leaders.  She is also on the COSI Board of Trustees and the Capital Square Foundation Board.

Leah served as assistant deputy legal counsel for Ohio’s governor from 1992 to 1995 and was the director of special counsel for the Ohio Attorney General from 1995 to 1999. She began her tenure with Calfee in 1999, became a partner in 2002, was elected to the firm’s Executive Committee in 2009 and the Management Committee in 2011. She was named Partner in Charge for the Columbus office in 2012.