Jason Dodson

Of Counsel, Roetzel Consulting Solutions Director
Akron
222 South Main Street
Suite 400
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6631
F 330.376.4577
P 330.849.6631 | F 330.376.4577



Overview

Mr. Dodson’s practice is focused on advising public, for-profit and non-profit clients as they encounter a myriad of legal, regulatory and strategic issues.  Mr. Dodson is well-versed in public law, including public finance, public-private partnerships, compliance, legislative matters, public labor and employment law, governmental relations and navigating local, state and federal government administrations.  He also focuses his practice on assisting both public and private parties in economic development and real estate development projects, bringing an in-depth knowledge of incentives, development finance, development structures, real estate matters, land use and zoning.  Mr. Dodson also advises corporate entities and small businesses on real estate, leasing, commercial transactions and governance needs.

As a Director of Roetzel Consulting Solutions, Mr. Dodson focuses on providing comprehensive solutions to both public and private clients alike, including governmental relations, business development, communications and crisis management.  He understands that most complex matters involve strategic, practical and political considerations, and he assists his clients in balancing these dynamics during their decision-making process. Mr. Dodson’s experience in local and state government and politics enable him to provide unique and valuable insight to obtain his client’s desired outcome.

Prior to joining Roetzel and Andress, Mr. Dodson served as Chief of Staff to two County Executives in Summit County, Ohio over an 11-year period.  Immediately prior to serving as Chief of Staff, Mr. Dodson served as Assistant Director of Law for Summit County.  He also represented public, for-profit and non-profit clients before joining the Summit County Executive’s Office.  

Services

Industries

Education

  1. The University of Akron, J.D.
    • cum laude
  2. The University of Akron, B.A., Political Science
    • summa cum laude

Credentials

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

Recognitions

  • Former Chief of Staff to Summit County Executives Russ Pry and Ilene Shapiro
  • Former Assistant Director of Law, County of Summit
  • Greater Akron Chamber’s 30 for the Future Award Recipient
  • Former Councilmember and Charter Review Commission Member – Village of Mogadore

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Akron Bar Association
Community Affiliations
  • Leadership Akron - Class 29
  • Leadership Akron Alumni Association
  • Boy Scouts of America, Great Trail Council
    • Board Member
  • Summit County Democratic Party
    • Precinct Committeeperson
  • Port-Summit Rotary Club
    • Former President and Treasurer 
  • All-American Soap Box Derby
    • Former Board Member
  • United Way of Summit County Public Policy Committee, Former Member; Community Impact Task Force

Insights

Overview

Mr. Dodson’s practice is focused on advising public, for-profit and non-profit clients as they encounter a myriad of legal, regulatory and strategic issues.  Mr. Dodson is well-versed in public law, including public finance, public-private partnerships, compliance, legislative matters, public labor and employment law, governmental relations and navigating local, state and federal government administrations.  He also focuses his practice on assisting both public and private parties in economic development and real estate development projects, bringing an in-depth knowledge of incentives, development finance, development structures, real estate matters, land use and zoning.  Mr. Dodson also advises corporate entities and small businesses on real estate, leasing, commercial transactions and governance needs.

As a Director of Roetzel Consulting Solutions, Mr. Dodson focuses on providing comprehensive solutions to both public and private clients alike, including governmental relations, business development, communications and crisis management.  He understands that most complex matters involve strategic, practical and political considerations, and he assists his clients in balancing these dynamics during their decision-making process. Mr. Dodson’s experience in local and state government and politics enable him to provide unique and valuable insight to obtain his client’s desired outcome.

Prior to joining Roetzel and Andress, Mr. Dodson served as Chief of Staff to two County Executives in Summit County, Ohio over an 11-year period.  Immediately prior to serving as Chief of Staff, Mr. Dodson served as Assistant Director of Law for Summit County.  He also represented public, for-profit and non-profit clients before joining the Summit County Executive’s Office.  

Education

  1. The University of Akron, J.D.
    • cum laude
  2. The University of Akron, B.A., Political Science
    • summa cum laude

Credentials

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

Recognitions

  • Former Chief of Staff to Summit County Executives Russ Pry and Ilene Shapiro
  • Former Assistant Director of Law, County of Summit
  • Greater Akron Chamber’s 30 for the Future Award Recipient
  • Former Councilmember and Charter Review Commission Member – Village of Mogadore

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Akron Bar Association
Community Affiliations
  • Leadership Akron - Class 29
  • Leadership Akron Alumni Association
  • Boy Scouts of America, Great Trail Council
    • Board Member
  • Summit County Democratic Party
    • Precinct Committeeperson
  • Port-Summit Rotary Club
    • Former President and Treasurer 
  • All-American Soap Box Derby
    • Former Board Member
  • United Way of Summit County Public Policy Committee, Former Member; Community Impact Task Force