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Partner-in-Charge of Calfee's Columbus office, Leah Pappas Porner also serves as Chair of the firm's Government Relations and Legislation practice group. Leah works closely with clients to develop effective government relations strategies, and she regularly advises clients on legislative, executive agency and regulatory matters.

Leah has extensive experience leading and defending legislative efforts, including building coalitions and working with stakeholders and trade associations. She has counseled clients regarding issues affecting higher education, Medicaid, utility, charter school, banking, environmental, gaming, technology and housing industries as well as tort reform and civil procedure reform.

Leah has been a well-regarded lobbyist in Ohio since the early 1990s. She has been recognized for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2013-2022) for Government Relations. In 2014, Leah was named "Lawyer of the Year" in Government Relations by Best Lawyers. She also was named one of the “Most Effective Law Firm Lobbyists” by Opinion Strategies Inc.

Currently, she enjoys serving on the COSI Board of Trustees and on the Capital Square Foundation Board. She was selected by Ohio Governor DeWine as a Founding Board Member of the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library.

Leah served as Assistant Deputy Legal Counsel for Ohio’s governor from 1992 to 1995, and she was the Director of Special Counsel for the Ohio Attorney General from 1995 to 1999.

She began her tenure with Calfee in 1999, and was elected Partner in 2002. Leah was elected to the firm’s Executive Committee in 2009 and the Management Committee in 2011. She was named Partner-in-Charge of the Columbus office in 2012.


  • 1200 Huntington Center
    41 South High Street
    Columbus, OH 43215-3465
  • 1627 I Street Northwest, Suite 1120
    Washington, DC 20006-4127


  • Capital University, J.D., graduated 1992
  • Miami University, B.A., graduated 1988

Bar Admissions

  • United States, Ohio


  • Bipartisan Judicial Advisory Commission - Member
  • Calfee Women LEAD - Committee Chair
  • Capitol Square Foundation Board - Trustee
  • COSI - Board of Trustees
  • Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library - Board of Trustees

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Government Relations Practice Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Government Relations Practice

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Government Relations Practice, Columbus, OH (2023)
  • Government Relations Practice, Columbus, OH (2014)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Government Relations Practice


  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Government Relations Practice (2013-2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Lawyer of the Year," Government Relations (2023 and 2014)
  • Opinion Strategies Inc., “Most Effective Law Firm Lobbyists”

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