Terrence ODonnell

Terrence O'Donnell

Member and Government Relations Practice Group Chair

Education & Credentials


Miami University

B.A., Government, 1997

University of Notre Dame Law School

J.D., 2001
  • Recipient of Dean's Award in Legislation

Bar Admission

  • Ohio


  • Listed in Ohio Super Lawyers, 2016
  • Listed in Who's Who in Energy, 2014-2015
  • Listed Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition (2005, 2013)
  • Business First Forty Under 40 Award, Class of 2012

Prominent Assignments

Terrence O'Donnell leads Dickinson Wright’s firmwide government relations team. His focus is public policy advocacy at the Ohio statehouse and regulatory compliance. Terrence represents dozens of companies, trade groups, and nonprofits before the State General Assembly and state executive agencies. He also collaborates with lawyers in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office to lobby Ohio’s congressional delegation. Terrence brings fifteen years of experience to his government relations and administrative law practice.

He represents all manner of interests, including the renewable energy and natural gas industries, a major national brewer with an Ohio manufacturing facility, the state’s largest self-insured professional employment organization (“PEO”), and education and workforce development interests. Terrence has significant experience leading and working in large stakeholder coalitions, where he brings a substantive focus to complex public policy challenges. He also has significant election law experience (including ballot issues), and represents the Ohio Republican Party on special projects.

Terrence represents both the American Wind Energy Association and The Alliance for Solar Choice on regulatory matters. On behalf of these industries, he advocated for Ohio's landmark Renewable Portfolio Standard, requiring the state's investor-owned utility companies to utilize clean energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, and energy efficiency for a portion of their generation. He also represents individual energy companies on permitting and other regulatory matters, as well as on transactions with Ohio utility companies. He represented the first utility-scale wind developer in the state on a $200 million, 99-megawatt project in Northwest Ohio, the output of which is sold to American Electric Power. He also represented national solar developer SoCore on the largest commercial rooftop roll-out in the state of Ohio, when Walgreens Stores deployed solar on 54 Ohio locations. Terrence also represents the innovative Cleveland-based non-profit entity LEEDCo., which is pursuing a pilot project to site wind turbines offshore in the fresh waters of Lake Erie.

On education matters, Terrence represents the Association for Career and Technical Education, the statewide association of public Joint Vocational School Districts (“JVSDs”) and other career-tech providers. He works closely with the CTE community on state K-12 and adult education funding and policy issues. He also represents the Association at the federal level, lobbying the U.S. Congress. He helps these schools form strategic private sector partnerships with Ohio employers seeking a skilled workforce.

Terrence maintains strong political relationships across both sides of the aisle.

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Columbus Bar Association
  • Chair Emeritus, Columbus Bar Association Committee on Character & Fitness
  • Member, Ohio Lobbying Association

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Keep Ohio Beautiful
  • Commissioner, German Village Commission for Historic Preservation
  • Member, St. Thomas More Society, Notre Dame Law School
  • Member, St. Ignatius Alumni Association (Cleveland)
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