Biography

Sheila joined Kegler Brown in 2023 and brings extensive experience in the innerworkings of Ohio state government and the political ecosystem, having most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Staff / Executive Counsel to the Speaker at the Ohio House of Representatives under Speaker Robert Cupp.

Sheila focuses her practice on government affairs, advocating for clients before state and local government bodies. Sheila offers legal representation to our clients across numerous areas, including government relations, multi-state lobbyist law, and transportation improvement districts. As a former Deputy Elections Counsel, campaign manager, and ethics adviser, she also stands ready to assist clients with their election law and ethics compliance needs.

Her comprehensive and strategic approach to government affairs is founded in her more than 10 years of government experience. Sheila has worked at all levels of government (federal, state, and local) and has experience in – and with - every Ohio state-level branch of government (legislative, executive, and judicial).

Sheila has advised senior-level members of the legislature and state government employees on ethics law compliance, carefully amended high-profile legislation, negotiated amendments with interested parties, assisted with Joint Legislative Ethics Commission and Ohio Ethics Commission reporting, handled contract negotiations, participated in administrative rule drafting and submission, and has assisted in various human resource legal matters.

Before joining Kegler Brown and in addition to her previous roles with the Ohio House as a Policy Director and Deputy Legal Counsel for the Majority Caucus, Sheila served as Deputy Legal Counsel for Ohio State Treasurer Robert Sprague, and as Deputy Elections Counsel for Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. She previously staffed the Ohio House Civil Justice and Criminal Justice Committees for the House Majority Caucus; and gained additional insight into the process to create Ohio’s Administrative Code as she staffed the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review for Speaker Cupp.

A Lima, Ohio native, and former Assistant County Prosecutor (Allen County), she also remains connected to the legal community in Lima/Allen County, Ohio.

Sheila resides in Grove City, Ohio, with her husband, Kevin, and their young daughter.

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Toledo College of Law (J.D., 2013)
    • Magna cum laude; Order of the Coif
    • International Law (Concentration)
  • Ohio Northern University, (B.A., 2010)
    • Majors: Political Science; Criminal Justice

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • The Federalist Society
  • Allen County Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association