William V. Vorys


Will Vorys focuses his practice 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 navigating different levels of state government and 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 state’s General Assembly and executive agencies, including several diverse business, association and non-profit clients.  These include major stakeholder coalitions like the Ohio Association of public Joint Vocational School Districts, large businesses like a national brewer with an Ohio manufacturing facility, and many smaller not for profit institutions. He tends to focus on education, workforce, healthcare, and energy policy, but has robust experience advocating and resolving niche, individualized legal and regulatory issues for all types of organizations operating or doing business in Ohio.  He also often successfully represents clients seeking appropriations during the state operating and capital budget processes.

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

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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