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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Dennis G. Schwallie

Dennis G. Schwallie



  • Public Finance
  • Economic Development
  • Education - Public Finance
  • Public Utilities - Public Finance

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More than 34 years of experience in the field of public finance has provided Dennis unique insights and experience in assisting with a multitude of financings by Ohio state agencies as well as various political subdivisions throughout Ohio.

As bond counsel, he has facilitated bond and note issues for traditional governmental projects, such as water and sewer systems, primary and secondary school facilities, fire and public safety buildings and equipment, building improvements, airports and libraries. His bond counsel work also includes innovative structured financings, such as those for convention centers in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, and for political subdivisions undergoing fiscal distress (such as the City of Cleveland in 1980).

Dennis has also served in a variety of other public finance-related roles such as special counsel in connection with lease and lease-purchase financings and economic development matters such as tax increment financings and tax abatements. Besides issuers of municipal debt, he has also served as special counsel to other market participants, such as underwriters, letter of credit banks and trustees.

He is a frequent speaker at seminars and training sessions sponsored by public finance and law-related organizations, such as the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, the Ohio School Boards Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Municipal League, the Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association.

Bar Admissions


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


  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., 1978)
  • University of Cincinnati (B.B.A., 1975)
    • Beta Gamma Sigma business honorary (1975)
Areas of Practice

Economic Development | Education - Public Finance | Public Finance | Public Utilities - Public Finance | Traditional Governmental Finance

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Best Lawyers®
    • Public Finance Law
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Transportation Law by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Lawyers by Columbus CEO magazine (2014)

Professional Associations

  • Columbus Bar Association 
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Government, Education & Construction Law Committee
    • State and Local Government Law Committee, chairman (1993 - 1994)
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Pope John XXIII Parish, Lithopolis, Ohio, Administrative Council
  • Adult literacy programs

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