Political upheaval in Columbus translated into the perfect time for Frost Brown Todd to enter the fray of state politics. The Cincinnati-based firm responded to the election of Democratic  Gov. Ted Strickland and Sen. Sherrod Brown by teaming up with Brian Morris and Morris Communications to launch a governmental relations practice in February"”with the mission to help clients relate to elected officials and bureaucrats. "We've always wanted to develop a government relations practice in Columbus, and this was an opportunity because some of our partners in Columbus knew Brian Morris and were very impressed," explains Dick Erickson, Frost Brown Todd's co-managing member.

 

Morris has close ties to Sen. Brown as part of his communications team. He is a nearly 30-year veteran in strategic communications, political campaigns and lobbying.

 

Erickson says Frost Brown Todd held off on creating a governmental relations practice in Columbus until now because other firms were entrenched with lobbyists with strong ties to the Republican administrations that have dominated state politics since Gov. Dick Celeste left office in 1991. His firm hopes to have a leg up on the competition by establishing an early link to a Democratic insider.

"None of us really know what's going to happen now on the regulatory scene, so we just want to be prepared. I think based on his connections, Brian would try to find out the problem and determine what governmental agency is involved and then use his connections to talk to the right people in the right state agencies," Erickson notes.

The firm plans to add attorneys to its Columbus office with governmental relations experience, though the number of additional lawyers has not been determined.

 

Political upheaval in Columbus translated into the perfect time for Frost Brown Todd to enter the fray of state politics. The Cincinnati-based firm responded to the election of Democratic  Gov. Ted Strickland and Sen. Sherrod Brown by teaming up with Brian Morris and Morris Communications to launch a governmental relations practice in February"”with the mission to help clients relate to elected officials and bureaucrats. "We've always wanted to develop a government relations practice in Columbus, and this was an opportunity because some of our partners in Columbus knew Brian Morris and were very impressed," explains Dick Erickson, Frost Brown Todd's co-managing member.

 

Morris has close ties to Sen. Brown as part of his communications team. He is a nearly 30-year veteran in strategic communications, political campaigns and lobbying.

 

Erickson says Frost Brown Todd held off on creating a governmental relations practice in Columbus until now because other firms were entrenched with lobbyists with strong ties to the Republican administrations that have dominated state politics since Gov. Dick Celeste left office in 1991. His firm hopes to have a leg up on the competition by establishing an early link to a Democratic insider.

 

"None of us really know what's going to happen now on the regulatory scene, so we just want to be prepared. I think based on his connections, Brian would try to find out the problem and determine what governmental agency is involved and then use his connections to talk to the right people in the right state agencies," Erickson notes.

The firm plans to add attorneys to its Columbus office with governmental relations experience, though the number of additional lawyers has not been determined.