David Paragas Partner
Co-chair of the firm’s Federal Relations practice, David advises on policy matters before the White House and federal agencies and the Ohio General Assembly, state agencies and departments. David provides clients with more than three decades of legislative, political, lobbying and legal experience, including serving as a former senior aide to two Ohio Senate presidents.
David advises clients on economic development, infrastructure and public private partnership matters before state and local government. As special counsel to the Ohio Attorney General, David has represented multiple state departments, agencies and universities on complex legal matters, including securities transactions and litigation, structured finance and concession agreements. Notably, he has successfully argued multiple cases before the Ohio Supreme Court.
In addition, David has advised on numerous statewide, legislative, judicial and local campaigns, including various candidates for the Ohio Senate. He has handled virtually all facets of a campaign, such as polling, issue development and grassroots organization. As a consultant, David has also been involved in statewide and local ballot initiatives, including horsing, gaming and anti-smoking issues.
By seeking to deliver the right blend of legislative and legal skills, David advocates his clients’ objectives across many different venues while safeguarding their position. He thrives under the challenge of realizing diverse client goals, and has provided veritable defenses and persuasive arguments in court and before forums and agencies on the full array of commercial law issues.
With an absolute focus on professionalism and carefully balanced approach to negotiation, David is appreciated for his seemingly natural ability to establish immediate rapport and trust. By diffusing the emotional aspects of an issue, David serves as the catalyst for setting personal opinions aside to resolve the issues at hand and realize client’s objectives.
Professional and Community Involvement
Former board of trustees chair and executive committee member, United Way of Central Ohio
Former (the first) chair, Flying Horse Farms
Board of trustees member and Diversity Committee chair, Columbus School for Girls
Board member and Diversity and Inclusion Committee member, Junior Achievement of Central Ohio
Member, Mid-Ohio Foodbank Public Policy Committee
Board of trustees member, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants
Member, Asian American Bar Associations of Ohio and Central Ohio
Member, Ohio State Bar Association
Member, Ohio Lobbying Association
1984 Society, Inc.
The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2019; Lawyer of the Year, 2015 and 2016
Ohio Super Lawyers magazine, legislative and government affairs, healthcare and administrative law, 2005-2006 and 2008-2019