Frederick E. Mills, Esq. was appointed to the Board by Governor Mike DeWine effective January 17, 2020. He was appointed for a full term effective October 26, 2020.
Prior to his appointment, Board Member Mills retired from the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease, LLP where he served as the Senior Managing Partner of Vorys Advisors and the former leader of the firm's government relations group. He provided counsel on legislative matters and governmental relations to Ohio, regional, national, and international clients. He represented clients in many industries, including the retail, restaurant, technology, telecommunications, chemical and energy sectors in front of the General Assembly, local jurisdictions and administrative agencies. He received several awards including The Best Lawyers in America, Government Relations Practice (2012-2017), Columbus CEO, Top Lawyers in Columbus, (2010-2014), and he is Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated.
In his early professional career, he served in various executive roles in State government including as Deputy Assistant to Governor James A. Rhodes; Ohio Superintendent of Banks; General Counsel and Executive Secretary of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving under former Speaker Jo Ann Davidson. Board Member Mills also served as House Chief of Staff, Majority Counsel and House Clerk. In both his public and private capacities, he has been engaged in the negotiation and resolution of many public policy issues in the State of Ohio.
Board Member Mills resides in Dublin, Ohio. He received his B.S. from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from Capital University Law School. He provided insights that are mentioned in ten different Ohio Statehouse Update articles.