Ohio Supreme Court Hires Legislative Counsel
The Ohio Supreme Court today announced Michael Farley as its Judicial and Legislative Affairs Counsel. In this role, Farley will serve as the primary liaison between the Supreme Court and the Ohio General Assembly, with communication responsibility with governmental entities and judicial associations on legislative matters affecting the judicial branch. He will also be involved in other projects in the legal and policy areas.
Prior to joining the court, Farley served on Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s executive staff as the assistant director for Legislative Affairs at the Ohio Department of Insurance. He has also served as director of government and external relations for the American Red Cross in Ohio; legislative liaison for former Ohio Gov. Taft; director of public affairs for the Ohio Kentucky Concrete Association; and legislative aide to former state Rep. David R. Evans. He taught public administration and political leadership at Otterbein University as an adjunct professor.
“The court is pleased to have Mr. Farley join our Legal and Policy Affairs staff. His extensive background in government relations and understanding of the law provides a solid foundation for serving as our liaison with the General Assembly,” said Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor.
Farley possesses extensive experience in developing positive relationships with legislators and in advancing legislative agendas. Most recently, he led efforts to pass legislation to modernize insurance regulation in Ohio as well as legislation to allow for the formation of captive insurance companies.
Farley graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor of arts in political science and history. He earned a Master of Public Administration from Ohio University and received his law degree from Capital University Law School.