Larry Obhof is of counsel in the firm’s Litigation Practice. He focuses on complex litigation at both the trial and appellate levels and has experience in a wide range of matters involving antitrust, fiduciary duties, torts, contracts, securities and employment law. Larry builds on a wide range of experiences to enhance his understanding of the law and his clients' situations.

    In addition to his practice with the firm, Larry has taught as an adjunct law professor and has published legal scholarship on constitutional law, law and economics, and securities. He has been cited in more than 50 law journals throughout the country and by a member of the US Supreme Court. Larry is also member of the Ohio Senate, and has led the chamber as Senate President since January 2017. In 2018, he received the Ohio State Bar Association’s 2018 Lawyer-Legislator Distinguished Service Award. This was due in part to his role as sponsor of a comprehensive update to Ohio’s corporate code and limited liability company law, including the sections setting out fiduciary duties for officers and shareholders. Larry also sponsored significant updates to Ohio’s Control Share Acquisition Act.

    In 2018, Larry was appointed to the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade (IGPAC), which provides advice to the US Trade Representative on issues of trade and economic development that have a significant relationship to the affairs of state and local governments.

    Larry served as a law clerk to Judge Alice M. Batchelder of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is active in the Federalist Society and is a former board member of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, the statewide umbrella organization for legal aid.

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    • Member of team that challenged the constitutionality of the Obama Administration's healthcare reform law on behalf of a small business association and the attorneys general or governors of 26 states. Helped draft amended complaint and all trial-level briefing, including successful motion for summary judgment.
    • Represented the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, in connection with prior firm’s role as court-appointed counsel.
    • Successfully defended appeal of summary judgment finding in client's favor, against claims for employment discrimination and alleged violation of whistleblower protection laws. Briefed the issues and argued the appeal.
    • Defended major newspaper and co-defendants in action for breach of contract and defamation. Drafted numerous motions, including separate motions to dismiss for nearly a dozen defendants.
    • Trial-level and appellate-level experience in securities-based class actions, including writing pleadings, motions and appellate briefs in cases where plaintiffs sought hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
    • Member of team that represented major auto manufacturer in multidistrict antitrust litigation where plaintiffs sought damages of several billion dollars and, among other things, deposed two of the class plaintiffs.
    • Pro bono experience includes amicus briefs on constitutional law issues in both the US Supreme Court and the Ohio Supreme Court. Also represented indigent defendants as court-appointed counsel in federal appeals, including obtaining a Sixth Circuit decision vacating the client's sentence and remanding for resentencing under the Fair Sentencing Act.

    Education

    • Yale University, J.D., Editor, Yale Journal on Regulation; Editor, Yale Law and Policy Review, 2003
    • The Ohio State University, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2000

    Admissions

    • Ohio, 2012
    • Illinois, 2004

    Courts

    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Second Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Third Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Eighth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Tenth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., District of Columbia Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Florida
    • Appellate & Supreme Court

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Federalist Society, Board Member (Columbus Chapter)
    • Former board member, Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation
    • Former member, Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission
    • Former member, Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission

    • Author, “Stoneridge Investment Partners: The Supreme Court Rejects ‘Scheme Liability’,” Engage, June 2008.
    • Author, “The Supreme Court Rejects ‘Scheme Liability’ in Securities Class Actions,” Class Action Watch, March 2008.
    • Co-author, “Supreme Court Clarifies Scienter Pleadings,” Business Law Today, November/December, 2007.
    • Author, “DeRolph v. State and Ohio’s Long Road to an Adequate Education,” Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal, 2005.
    • Author, “Federalism, I Presume? A Look at the Enforcement of Federalism Principles Through Presumptions and Clear Statement Rules,” Michigan State Law Review, 2004. (Article is cited in Justice Stephen Breyer’s book, Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution.)
    • Author, “Rethinking Judicial Activism and Restraint in State School Finance Litigation,” Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 2004.

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