Jason Dodson

Shareholder, Shareholder-in-Charge of Akron Office, 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

Jason’s practice is focused on advising public, for-profit and non-profit clients as they encounter a myriad of legal, regulatory and strategic issues.  Jason 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.  Jason also advises corporate entities and small businesses on real estate, leasing, commercial transactions and governance needs.

As a Director of Roetzel Consulting Solutions, Jason 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. Jason’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, Jason 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, Jason 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 School of Law, 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
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Municipal Law (2023-2024) and Government Relations Practice (2024)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
Community Affiliations
  • Greater Akron Chamber, Board Member
  • United Way of Summit & Medina, Board Member and Public Policy & Advocacy Committee Chair
  • Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, Board Member and Secretary
  • CANAPI, Board Member 
  • ConxusNEO, Board Member and Governance Committee Chair
  • TeamNEO Business Development Council, Member
  • Progressive Alliance Community Development Corporation, Board Member
  • Akron Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Leadership Akron - Class 29

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Legislation Introduced in Ohio General Assembly to Increase Minimum Teacher Salaries (Apr 3, 2024)
    U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Releases 4 New Resource Documents Addressing Students With Disabilities Under Section 504 (Feb 21, 2024)
    Is the Title IX Final Rule Finally Coming? (Feb 6, 2024)
    Is the After School Satan Club Coming to Your School District? (Jan 3, 2024)
    Ohio Issue 2 Passes: Analysis of Impact on Schools (Nov 10, 2023)
  2. Presentation
    "Planning for the American Rescue Plan: A Local Perspective" - Roetzel Webinar (May 2021)
  3. Firm News
    Roetzel & Andress Earns Recognition in 2024 Best Lawyers (Aug 17, 2023)
    Roetzel Positions Itself for the Future (Mar 20, 2023)
    Roetzel Attorneys Recognized in 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (Aug 18, 2022)
    Jason Dodson Quoted in Akron Beacon Journal (Jan 22, 2021)
    Roetzel Expands Akron Office with Addition of Dodson and Anglewicz (Sep 6, 2019)

Overview

Jason’s practice is focused on advising public, for-profit and non-profit clients as they encounter a myriad of legal, regulatory and strategic issues.  Jason 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.  Jason also advises corporate entities and small businesses on real estate, leasing, commercial transactions and governance needs.

As a Director of Roetzel Consulting Solutions, Jason 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. Jason’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, Jason 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, Jason 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 School of Law, 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
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Municipal Law (2023-2024) and Government Relations Practice (2024)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
Community Affiliations
  • Greater Akron Chamber, Board Member
  • United Way of Summit & Medina, Board Member and Public Policy & Advocacy Committee Chair
  • Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, Board Member and Secretary
  • CANAPI, Board Member 
  • ConxusNEO, Board Member and Governance Committee Chair
  • TeamNEO Business Development Council, Member
  • Progressive Alliance Community Development Corporation, Board Member
  • Akron Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Leadership Akron - Class 29

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Legislation Introduced in Ohio General Assembly to Increase Minimum Teacher Salaries (Apr 3, 2024)
    U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Releases 4 New Resource Documents Addressing Students With Disabilities Under Section 504 (Feb 21, 2024)
    Is the Title IX Final Rule Finally Coming? (Feb 6, 2024)
    Is the After School Satan Club Coming to Your School District? (Jan 3, 2024)
    Ohio Issue 2 Passes: Analysis of Impact on Schools (Nov 10, 2023)
  2. Presentation
    "Planning for the American Rescue Plan: A Local Perspective" - Roetzel Webinar (May 2021)
  3. Firm News
    Roetzel & Andress Earns Recognition in 2024 Best Lawyers (Aug 17, 2023)
    Roetzel Positions Itself for the Future (Mar 20, 2023)
    Roetzel Attorneys Recognized in 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (Aug 18, 2022)
    Jason Dodson Quoted in Akron Beacon Journal (Jan 22, 2021)
    Roetzel Expands Akron Office with Addition of Dodson and Anglewicz (Sep 6, 2019)