Former Congressman Zack Space (D-OH) is a principal with Vorys Advisors. During his tenure representing Ohio’s 18th Congressional District, Zack served on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. While in Congress, his work focused on growing the manufacturing, technology and energy sectors of the southeastern and central Ohio economies. He is also a successful small-business owner and his experience includes serving as law director for the City of Dover, Ohio. Zack has extensive experience working in the Utica Shale Play of Eastern Ohio, and he currently sits on several national and regional boards, including the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, CoalBlue, the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations, the Mid-Ohio JDRF Steering Committee, the Clean Fuels Ohio Policy Committee and the Hellenic-American Leadership Council. Read more.
Former Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus (R) is a principal with Vorys Advisors. Mr. Niehaus was an Ohio state senator from 2005 to 2012 and served as president of the Ohio Senate from 2011 to 2012. As a senator, Tom represented the 14th Senate District, including Adams, Brown, Clermont, Scioto and a portion of Lawrence County. A fiscal conservative, He was named a “Watchdog of the Treasury” four times and worked to keep taxes low and make government more efficient. He earned praise from 100 Capitol Square Insiders as the “best listener” and ranked as one of the top 10 “most effective” state legislators. Tom also served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2001 to 2004 and spent 25 years working in the private sector. Read more.
Karen, a principal with Vorys Advisors, provides advice on legislative and executive agency matters to both Ohio and national clients. Karen represents clients before the state legislature, in the state rule-making process, and in administrative and other proceedings before state agencies, boards and commissions and local governmental entities. She also represents health care providers on government relations issues. Karen has extensive experience counseling behavioral health and other health care providers in areas related to contracting, privacy, licensure, certification, accreditation, and other regulatory issues. Read more.
Dave, a principal with Vorys Advisors, has significant experience in government relations and administrative law, with an emphasis on legislative and executive agency representation, campaign finance, ethics and election law, government contract procurement and hearings, and matters before various regulatory agencies and boards. He previously served as a policy analyst and legislative liaison for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Dave also worked as a law clerk for the Ohio auditor of state, a legislative aide for the Ohio House of Representatives, and participated in the Ohio Legislative Service Commission Intern Program. Read more.
Todd, a principal with Vorys Advisors, has significant experience on issues related to energy policy and served for three years as the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). Prior taking on the role of PUCO chairman, Todd was a state representative in Ohio’s 50th District. He counsels clients on issues related to energy policy and strategy, government affairs and regulatory matters. Read more.
Matt, a principal with Vorys Advisors, has experience in government relations and corporate development and has worked closely with members of the state legislature, the governor’s office, and state agencies. Prior to joining Vorys Advisors, Matt was the senior director of government affairs for Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Read more.
Lou joined Vorys Advisors as a principal in August 2017. Prior to joining Vorys Advisors, Lou held numerous public service positions. He served as deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia and then as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 2010. In 2011, he was appointed to fill a vacancy in Ohio’s 30th Senate District. He was elected by the district’s voters to a full term in 2012. In January of 2014, his colleagues elected Lou to serve as assistant minority whip of the senate. He was also the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee as well as the Public Utilities Committee. Lou also served on the Senate Finance Committee, where he secured 200,000 for scholarships, known as the Lou Gentile Scholarship, for students pursuing shale gas related jobs in the Ohio Valley. He served in the senate until the end of 2016. Read more.
Congressman David Hobson (Ret., R-OH) is the founder of Vorys Advisors. Mr. Hobson joined Vorys Advisors after retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represented Ohio’s 7th District for 18 years. He retired from Vorys Advisors at the end of 2013. Mr. Hobson now assists Vorys Advisors in a consultancy role. While in Congress, Mr. Hobson served as the chairman and ranking member of the House Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee; chairman of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee; senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee; and member of both the Veterans Affairs/Housing Subcommittee and the Budget Committee.
Vorys Advisors is supported by the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP government relations team, which has more than 50 lawyers with personal experience at one or more levels of government. The attorneys gained such experience while at the U.S. Congress; the Ohio, Virginia and Texas General Assemblies; and departments, agencies, commissions and local governments. Vorys Advisors is also supported by Vorys' strategic communications professionals.
In addition, Vorys Advisors works with Vorys Health Care Advisors (VHCA) to help clients on health policy issues. VHCA’s health care and Medicaid consultants offer clients innovative strategies to navigate the complex and dynamic health care industry.