Kevin D. Shimp


An attorney in the firm’s Columbus office, Kevin Shimp focuses his practice on Government Affairs with a particular emphasis on employment law, workers’ compensation and civil justice reforms.

Before joining Dickinson Wright, Kevin served as the Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s General Counsel and Director of Labor & Legal Affairs. In this role, he worked with legislators, Ohio Chamber members, and government officials to advance the Ohio Chamber’s pro-business agenda. He also led the Ohio Chamber’s amicus brief practice before state and federal courts and has served as Counsel of Record at the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Kevin also worked in the Ohio Senate as a Senior Legislative Aide and at the Ohio Republican Senate Campaign Committee as their Political Director.

He has been named a Best Lawyer in Columbus by Columbus CEO magazine and received a Governor’s appointment to the Ohio Industrial Commission Nominating Council.  He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association Certified Grievance Committee.

Education & Credentials


Capital University Law School

  • Pro Bono Honors
  • Dean’s List
  • Presidential Merit Scholarship

The Ohio State University

  • cum laude 
  • National Political Science Honor Society

Bar Admission

  • Ohio


  • Best Lawyer – Government Affairs Practice | Columbus CEO Magazine | July 2022

Prominent Assignments

Led coalition of over 50 state based trade associations and secured coronavirus immunity for businesses and medical providers (Ohio House Bill 606, 2020)

Spearheaded legislative efforts to enact Ohio’s Employment Law Unifomity Act which updated Ohio’s employment discrimination statutes (Ohio House Bill 352, 2020)

Modernized Ohio’s workers’ compensation laws to include a definition of a qualifying injury for work from home employees (Ohio House Bill 447, 2022)

Served as Counsel of Record for the Ohio Chamber’s amicus brief in support of NASCAR’s position that Ohio’s Commercial Activity Tax does not apply to their broadcasting contract (NASCAR Holdings, Inc., et al. v. Jeffrey A. McClain, Tax Commissioner of Ohio, et al.)

Served as Counsel of Record for the Ohio Chamber’s amicus brief in support of Governor DeWine’s decision to terminate federal supplemental unemployment benefits (State ex rel. Candy Bowling, et al. v. Michael DeWine, et al.)

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors – Ohio Center for Law-Related Education
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association Certified Grievance Committee

Community Involvement

  • Chairman, Ohio Capital City Young Republicans
  • Member, Franklin County Republican Party Judicial Screening Committee
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