William V. Vorys


Will Vorys focuses his practice primarily on government relations and administrative law, advocating public policy at the Ohio statehouse and assisting clients with regulatory compliance.  He brings over ten years of experience lobbying members of the legislature, the Governor’s office, and administrative officials on a wide range of complex legislative issues.

Will represents all manner of interests before the Ohio General Assembly and state Executive Agencies.  He tends to focus on education law and has represented secondary schools, post-secondary institutions, and other education stakeholders on different government relations and policy initiatives.  He also has significant experience in the workforce, energy, business, and healthcare sectors, having represented dozens of international companies, national and statewide trade associations, and smaller local not-for-profit institutions.

Throughout his career Will has developed an in-depth understanding of Ohio’s budget processes and often assists clients seeking state funding for their capital needs or policy goals.  

Will and his wife Mary reside in Gahanna, Ohio with their three children and golden retriever.


Education & Credentials


Elon University

B.A., Political Science, 2009

Capital University Law School

J.D., 2015
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Capital University Law Review Associate Editor and Staff Member
  • Recipient of several CALI Awards for Excellence.
  • Order of the Curia

Bar Admission

  • Ohio


  • Columbus CEO Best Lawyers, Government Relations Practice, 2022

Prominent Assignments

  • Provides lobbying and government relations services to the statewide associations of Ohio’s 90 Career-Technical Planning Districts and 49 Joint Vocational School Districts.
  • Provides lobbying and government relations services to an international social media company, a major national brewer with an Ohio manufacturing facility, and several large energy companies.
  • Advocates for a mission-based non-profit organization that honors prominent inventors, providing comprehensive government relations services.
  • Represented an energy trade association amicus curiae before the Ohio Supreme Court regarding issues of importance to the state’s business community.
  • Represented a power generation development and operations company in two pivotal matters: facilitating the development and tax equity financing of a utility-scale solar energy project, which involved securing agreements with multiple pipeline owners and a mining operation, and managing the permitting, transfer, and construction of a 150 MW utility-scale solar energy project.

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Columbus Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • The Jefferson Avenue Center for Learning & the Arts, Board of Trustees, 2016-present
  • The Jefferson Township Land Conservation Association, Board of Trustees, 2016-present
  • Green Lawn Cemetery Association, Board of Trustees. 2019-present


  • Co-Author, “Ohio Legislature Passes Biennial Budget; Governor DeWine Approves Historic Investments in Public Education and School Choice,” Dickinson Wright Client Alert, Jul 2023
  • Co-Author, “Ohio Legislature Adopts New Wind and Solar Siting Law S.B. 52 Requires County Commission Approval,” Dickinson Wright News Alert, June 2021
  • Unreasonable State Restrictions on Business Transactions: The Enforceability of Noncompete Agreements Post-Merger or Acquisition, 43 Cap. U. L. Rev. 721 (2015)
  • Ohio Passes Preemption Legislation, Blocking Minimum Wage Hike and Other Local Employer Restriction Proposals, Dickinson Wright Labor and Employment Client Alert, December 21, 2016
  • Governor Kasich Signs Legislation Expanding Concealed Carry Laws for Employers Across Ohio, Dickinson Wright Labor and Employment Client Alert, January 5, 2016
  • Ohio Association of Career Technical Education Summer Conference, 2016
  • Ohio Association of Career Technical Administrators Summer Conference, 2016
  • Career Technical and Adult Education Legislative Seminar, 2017
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