Kevin O'Donnell Stanek is an associate in the Columbus office of Barnes & Thornburg, where he is a member of the firm's Government Services and Finance Department. Kevin joins the firm with almost 10 years of experience working in both the executive and legislative branches of Ohio state government, including most recently as Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich's assistant director of policy for asset management and assistant chief counsel.
Kevin represents clients on policy matters and legal issues before the Ohio General Assembly, executive agencies, and state boards and commissions. He also serves as counsel to governmental agencies on various matters, including financial transactions.
In his previous roles, Kevin advised on policy initiatives and operational decisions of business-centric Ohio state agencies and external partners, including the Department of Taxation, Department of Administrative Services, Department of Commerce, Developmental Services Agency, Office of Budget and Management, Bureau of Worker's Compensation, and JobsOhio. He partnered with the Ohio governor's Department of Legislative Affairs to manage and influence policy implications of proposed or pending legislation and coordinated implementation of Ohio's Medical Marijuana Control Program. He provided oversight regarding the fiscal stability of agencies, management of public records compliance and counsel regarding ongoing litigation, personnel matters, and legislative developments applicable to governor's policy goals. He also oversaw the veto process for two biennial state budgets ' the single largest legislative effort in each two-year general assembly session ' by working with agencies to identify issues of concern to the administration, determining what language should be excised, and crafting the relevant veto message. Additionally, Kevin managed the clemency process for Gov. Kasich, reviewing every clemency application, attending parole board hearings when appropriate, and presenting recommended candidates to the governor for his approval.
Kevin also brings to the firm experience he gained while associate general counsel with the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM), where he provided advice and consultation on development and implementation of Ohio's budget, fulfillment of agency's statutory and constitutional duties, as well as creation and compliance with internal human resources policies and procedures. He also tracked pending litigation against state of Ohio, its agencies, and certain political subdivisions that had potential for material effect on state's financial position. Prior to law school, he served as a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives for three years, where he was responsible for the legislative efforts, communications, and constituent relations of a southwestern Ohio House district.