Maryellen is a member of the Government Relations and Legislation and Public Law and Finance groups at Calfee. She works closely with publically and privately-held clients to develop legislative strategies and support programs on issues that affect and impact their particular business. Maryellen provides counsel to state-level authorities and other agencies of state government, municipalities, port authorities, counties, townships and special districts on various matters, with an emphasis in the areas of general governmental finance, conduit finance and economic development.
For government relations clients, Maryellen provides legislative research and analysis around issues important to the client and its industry in order to help form an effective legislative strategy. She implements such legislative strategies and drafts legislation on behalf of clients. She also helps contractors looking to do work with the State of Ohio navigate the process. Maryellen counsels clients on forming PACs as well as campaign finance and lobbying reporting and compliance issues surrounding such matters.
Maryellen represents municipalities regarding a variety of matters including ordinance drafting and compliance. She works on economic development projects – both for the municipalities and people who wish to do work with the cities. To this end, she drafts legislation and agreements, including TIF and project development agreements. She is a member of the Columbus Women for Economic Leadership Development (WELD) and the Ohio Lobbying Association.
Prior to joining Calfee, Maryellen was a Public Policy Analyst for Capital Partners, a public policy and management advisory firm focusing on government finance and policy reform in health care, education, and economic development, from 2005-2008. While at Capital Partners, Maryellen worked directly with the company president, a former director of the Ohio Office of Budget and Management. She also was a law clerk to Chief Judge Sidney S. Eagles and Judge Alan Z. Thornburg at the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
Maryellen joined Calfee in 2008.