Donald L. Mason

Of Counsel
Columbus
41 South High Street
Huntington Center, 21st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
P 614.723.2011
F 614.463.9792
P 614.723.2011 | F 614.463.9792



Overview

Don focuses his practice on energy and environmental policy with an emphasis on regulated public utilities, including oil and natural gas development. Because of his knowledge of the energy law and exploration and production activities, Governor Kasich appointed him to the Oil and Gas Commission which is an appellant body for orders of the Chief of Oil and Gas. He also serves as the appointee of the Governor to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission which is a Congressionally chartered organization of governors and regulators for oil and gas production states. Prior to joining Roetzel, Don was state regulatory adviser to the American Wind Energy Association and American Clean Skies Foundation and worked with states’ utility commissioners as they adapted rules and regulations for the integration of renewable energy into the wholesale and retail energy markets.

Additionally, he has over 35 years of involvement in state and local government including county library, municipal government, natural resource agency, and public utility commission matters.

Services

Industries

Education

  1. Capital University Law School, J.D.
    • cum laude
  2. Muskingum University, B.A., History & Political Science

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Recognitions

  • Governor's Appointment to the Kent State University Board of Trustees (2017)
  • Governor’s Appointment to the Ohio representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (2015)
  • Governor’s Appointment to the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission
  • Outstanding Community Service Award-18th Masonic District (2010)
  • Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) (1998-2008) Appointed by Governor and Confirmed by Ohio Senate
  • Chief of Oil and Gas and Deputy Director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (1991-1998)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • The Ohio Oil and Gas Association, Mid-Stream Group
  • Gas Technology Institute, Public Interest Advisory Committee
  • Muskingum County Bar Association
  • National Petroleum Council
  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)
    • Chairman, Gas Committee
    • Board of Directors
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
    • Chairman, Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Committee
Community Affiliations
  • Current Mayor of Zanesville, OH; previosly elected as Mayor of Zanesville, OH at age 26 (1983-1991)
  • Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber, Board Member
  • Rotary International Multiple Paul Harris Fellow with 35 years of perfect attendance
  • Zanesville Planning Commission, Chairman
  • Zanesville Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Zanesville Design Review Board
  • Zanesville Downtown Design Review Board
  • Muskingum County Library System, Secretary, Trustee and former President

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Civil Immunity for Schools, Businesses, and Healthcare Providers Related to Coronavirus (Sep 16, 2020)
    Ohio Governor Extends Stay at Home Order (Apr 2, 2020)
    President Signs Unprecedented $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill (Mar 27, 2020)
    Ohio General Assembly Passes Emergency Legislation in Response to COVID-19 (Mar 26, 2020)
    Cleveland Approves Loan Payment Relief for Small Businesses (Mar 24, 2020)
  2. Firm News
    Donald Mason Appointed to Kent State University Board of Trustees (May 24, 2017)
    Ohio Governor Names Mason to Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (Aug 31, 2015)
    Don Mason Named to Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (Mar 28, 2014)

Overview

Don focuses his practice on energy and environmental policy with an emphasis on regulated public utilities, including oil and natural gas development. Because of his knowledge of the energy law and exploration and production activities, Governor Kasich appointed him to the Oil and Gas Commission which is an appellant body for orders of the Chief of Oil and Gas. He also serves as the appointee of the Governor to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission which is a Congressionally chartered organization of governors and regulators for oil and gas production states. Prior to joining Roetzel, Don was state regulatory adviser to the American Wind Energy Association and American Clean Skies Foundation and worked with states’ utility commissioners as they adapted rules and regulations for the integration of renewable energy into the wholesale and retail energy markets.

Additionally, he has over 35 years of involvement in state and local government including county library, municipal government, natural resource agency, and public utility commission matters.

Education

  1. Capital University Law School, J.D.
    • cum laude
  2. Muskingum University, B.A., History & Political Science

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Recognitions

  • Governor's Appointment to the Kent State University Board of Trustees (2017)
  • Governor’s Appointment to the Ohio representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (2015)
  • Governor’s Appointment to the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission
  • Outstanding Community Service Award-18th Masonic District (2010)
  • Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) (1998-2008) Appointed by Governor and Confirmed by Ohio Senate
  • Chief of Oil and Gas and Deputy Director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (1991-1998)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • The Ohio Oil and Gas Association, Mid-Stream Group
  • Gas Technology Institute, Public Interest Advisory Committee
  • Muskingum County Bar Association
  • National Petroleum Council
  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)
    • Chairman, Gas Committee
    • Board of Directors
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
    • Chairman, Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Committee
Community Affiliations
  • Current Mayor of Zanesville, OH; previosly elected as Mayor of Zanesville, OH at age 26 (1983-1991)
  • Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber, Board Member
  • Rotary International Multiple Paul Harris Fellow with 35 years of perfect attendance
  • Zanesville Planning Commission, Chairman
  • Zanesville Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Zanesville Design Review Board
  • Zanesville Downtown Design Review Board
  • Muskingum County Library System, Secretary, Trustee and former President

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Civil Immunity for Schools, Businesses, and Healthcare Providers Related to Coronavirus (Sep 16, 2020)
    Ohio Governor Extends Stay at Home Order (Apr 2, 2020)
    President Signs Unprecedented $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill (Mar 27, 2020)
    Ohio General Assembly Passes Emergency Legislation in Response to COVID-19 (Mar 26, 2020)
    Cleveland Approves Loan Payment Relief for Small Businesses (Mar 24, 2020)
  2. Firm News
    Donald Mason Appointed to Kent State University Board of Trustees (May 24, 2017)
    Ohio Governor Names Mason to Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (Aug 31, 2015)
    Don Mason Named to Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (Mar 28, 2014)