E. Rod Davisson, Esq. – Administrator

Professional Experience
Rod graduated from Hamilton Township High School before entering the United States Navy.  He returned from the service and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School—both with honors.  Rod practiced law in Columbus, Ohio last serving as a partner at the Ice Miller law firm.  Rod is an experienced trial attorney and has litigated cases in Ohio State and Federal Courts, and in the Ohio Court of Claims.  He represented municipalities, counties, school districts, joint vocational districts and other political subdivisions in various matters including many public construction projects such as municipal buildings, public utility infrastructure, courthouses, road and bridge projects, school facilities, recreation centers and athletic facilities.  He is a well-known lecturer and author on Ohio municipal, construction, and economic development topics and is a 2006 recipient of Business First’s Forty Under 40 award.  Rod is a LEED-AP certified (Leadership in Environmental Energy & Design Accredited Professional) and has completed additional training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering in Masonry Design and Construction.  Rod was also a three-term Mayor of the Village of Obetz.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, cum laude, Franklin University (1997)
  • Juris Doctor, Order of the Curia, Capital University Law School (2001)

Admitted to Practice

  • Ohio
  • United States District Court – Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court – Southern District of Ohio
  • Indiana, United States District Court – Northern District of Indiana

Professional Associations

  • Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association
  • National League of Cities, Administration & Intergovernmental Relations Committee
  • Special Certifications
  • LEED AP Certified

Published In

  • Municipal Home Rule Utilities, Ohio Municipal Attorney’s Association February 2012 Newsletter
  • Changes in Ohio’s Prevailing Wage Law, Finley’s Ohio Municipal Service, July 2009
  • Ohio Municipalities No Longer Required to Select Lowest Bidder, Finley’s Ohio Municipal Service, September/October 2008
  • Trouble Financing Your Project, Ohio Construction and Code Journal, March 2009
  • Death by Notice, Ohio Construction and Code Journal, September 2006
  • The Perils of Hiring Illegal Aliens, Midwest In-House, October 2006
  • State and Political Subdivisions Required to Check For Terrorist Ties Before Contracting, Hiring, or Licensing, Finley’s Ohio Municipal Service, June 2006
  • New Residential Code Takes Effect May 27-Are You Prepared?, Ohio Construction and Code Journal, April 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Ohio Public Construction Reform, July 26, 2012
  • Construction Reform, June 27, 2012
  • Changes in Contract Law, April 27, 2012
  • Local Government Form & Function, Hamilton Local Schools Senior Class, February 10, 2012
  • Municipal Contracting and Construction Reform (full day), December 16, 2011
  • Municipal Construction after Construction Reform, December 7, 2011
  • Energy and Economic Development for Villages, December 7, 2011
  • Municipal Home Rule and Utilities, December 2, 2011
  • Modern Municipal Energy Utilities, November 4, 2011
  • Construction Reform in House Bill 153 for Engineers, October 20, 2011
  • Ohio Construction Reform, October 13, 2011
  • Public/Residential Mechanics’ Liens and Bond Claims, September 28, 2009
  • Public Construction Seminar for Municipalities, September 9, 2011
  • Public Construction Seminar – September 9, 2011
  • Municipal Economic Development after HB 153 – July 29, 2011
  • The Changing Landscape of Ohio Construction Law – July 28, 2011
  • Economic Development for Ohio Villages – June 23, 2011
  • Municipal Contracting Issues – April 29, 2011
  • HB 50 (Type II Annexation) – March 1, 2011
  • Public Bidding Seminar – January 28, 2011
  • Public Bidding Roundtable – November 4, 2010
  • Collaborating With Governments in a Time of Uncertainty – July 27, 2010
  • Public Records Developments – May 21, 2010
  • Intergovernmental Collaborative Contracting – May 14, 2010
  • Advanced Municipal Contracting – May 13, 2010
  • Municipal Contracting and Collaborative Projects – March 5, 2010
  • Municipal Contracting Pitfalls and Prevailing Wage – September 30, 2010
  • Public/Residential Mechanic’s Liens and Bond Claims – September 9, 2009
  • Economic Development in a Challenging Economy – July 31, 2009
  • Bid Wars—Attack of the Contractor – July 30, 2009
  • Economic Development and Tax Incentives – June 25, 2009
  • Public Construction and the Stimulus Effect – May 7, 2009
  • Municipal Law Panel Discussion – May 1, 2009
  • Construction Warranties and Bonds – May 1, 2009
  • Economic Development in a Struggling Economy – March 2009
  • Understanding LEED’s Certification for Schools – March 16, 2009
  • Construction Myths, Legends, & Horror Stories – March 13, 2009
  • Economics and the Stimulus Package – March 13, 2009
  • Update on the National Economy – February 26, 2009
  • Municipal Law Panel Discussion – December 12, 2008
  • FTC Red Flag Rules for Municipalities – December 12, 2008
  • Surviving the Process of Selecting the Right Bidder – December 12, 2008
  • Changes in Ohio’s Prevailing Wage Law – October 1, 2008
  • Economic Development Tools for Small Municipalities – October 2, 2008
  • Rejecting Bad Bidders – October 3, 2008
  • Municipal Economic Development – July 16, 2008
  • TiFF’s, CRA’s, and Other Economic Development Tools – June 12, 2008
  • Taking a Look at Development Options, – May 22, 2008
  • Statutory Requirements for School Construction – May 15, 2008
  • Economic Development Contracting – October 3, 2007
  • Economic Development—Annexation/Development Agreements – July 25, 2007
  • Modern Mechanic’s Liens/Mortgage Foreclosures—Ohio Mechanic’s Lien Laws – June 22, 2007
  • Current Issues in Land Use and Public Contracting – May 17, 2007
  • Technology Infrastructure – March 14, 2007
  • Township Contracting and Training under the Ohio Patriot Act – February 2, 2007

Family

Rod is married to Jennifer Davisson and has three daughters—Mercedes, Madison, and Mackenzie.

Rod Davisson can be reached at 614.409.4403 or by email, at rdavisson@obetz.oh.us.