Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Roetzel & Andress

July 9th, 2020

Member Spotlight by Jeremy S. Young, Shareholder

Provide us with a brief summary of your business’ services.

Roetzel is a full-service law firm with offices throughout Ohio and Florida, and in Detroit, Lexington, Washington D.C. and Chicago. The firm provides comprehensive legal services to national and international corporations, closely held businesses, governmental entities, organizations, and individuals on a regional, national, and international basis. The attorneys in our Columbus office focus on some of our most prominent practice areas, which include:

• Cannabis
• Government Relations
• Public Law
• Corporate, Tax & Transactional
• Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation
• Real Estate, Banking & Finance
• Construction Law
• Employment Services
• Litigation

Roetzel’s Columbus office features eight attorneys honored as The Best Lawyers in America© for 2020, including “Lawyer of the Year.”

Tell us about your company’s mission and values.

Practical Advice. Real Solutions. That’s the Roetzel Way.

Roetzel offers practical solutions for companies that are looking for real-world, innovative, responsive, and efficient legal advice. We offer advice, not just options. Solutions, not just analysis.

What are the services you use the most (or are looking forward to using) from the Columbus Chamber?

In the past, I have taken advantage of getting formal introductions to other Chamber members, which has been a valuable networking asset. I’m also looking forward to the Retail Summit in August.

How do you stay engaged with trends that you see in your industry?

My focus in the law is business and real estate litigation, but the way I stay engaged with what’s happening isn’t really all that different from the way most of our lawyers stay engaged in their industries. First and foremost, I talk to my clients and connections in the community about what’s happening and what they see coming next. I also regularly write and speak on topics of interest in my field, which forces me to stay up-to-date, so I can be a reliable resource for others. Additionally, I follow relevant publications and organizations on social media—including the Chamber!

Please describe your company culture.

Our Columbus office is like a family. Many of our lawyers and staff have been at Roetzel for years, if not decades, having come from other firms, seen the Roetzel difference, and chosen to stay for the long haul. I think the longevity of many of our team members is due to our strict “no jerks” policy, which we hold very dear.

Our leadership strives to make Roetzel a great place to work by fostering work-life balance with flexible schedules and tools to efficiently work remotely, sponsoring outside-the-office events for our team members and their families, and offering many “creature comforts” around the office to make the work day more enjoyable.

We also care deeply about, and are actively involved in, the community. There are numerous Leadership Columbus alumni in our office, and we regularly have someone in LC’s Signature Program. In addition, our lawyers serve on a number of non-profit boards and other community organizations. I personally serve on the board for the Ohio Center for Law Related Education, Hospice of Central Ohio, and the Granville Planning Commission.

What makes Columbus such a great place to do business?

It’s no secret Columbus is the fastest growing, most vibrant city in Ohio. This growth and vibrancy is fueled in no small part by “The Columbus Way,” the unusual way professionals in Columbus from across the public and private sectors work collaboratively to create opportunity and make big things happen. There’s an entrepreneurial spirit here that we at Roetzel experience and embrace every day.

Another feature that makes Columbus a great place to do business is the fact that it’s a great place to live, with an abundance of arts and culture, interesting and welcoming neighborhoods, a thriving dining and entertainment scene, and strong commitment and leadership by elected officials. People want to live here, making it easier to attract and retain talent. And places like Columbus, where smart and interesting people want to live, tend to be smart and interesting places.

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