Through his experience working in both the public and private sectors, at law firms large and small, Andy recognized a need for a smaller, leaner law firm that could provide its clients with excellent legal services while also excelling at customer service – something he found was too often lacking in the traditional, large law firm environment.
Andy knew there was a better way to do business. And he knew the best way to do it was to create a firm founded on that philosophy. So in 2007, he founded Andy Bowers & Associates, a law and consulting firm based in Columbus, Ohio. With a sharp focus on putting clients first, the firm today represents publicly traded and privately held companies, nonprofit organizations, and professional associations before the Ohio General Assembly, Governor’s Office, and other executive branch departments and agencies. Andy also serves as special counsel to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Andy founded the firm on his strong track record of success. While representing Proctor & Gamble, he secured government support at the local and state level for a North America distribution facility in northwest Ohio. Representing Bear Creek Capital, he ended a two year stalemate with the Ohio Department of Transportation and successfully negotiated terms for the development of a business and industrial complex that created over 3,000 new jobs in southwest Ohio.
Andy has an extensive background in government affairs and public administration. In 2005, Andy was tapped by KMK Consulting, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keating, Muething & Klekamp, PLL, a large Cincinnati based law firm, to open its new Columbus office. While at KMK, he represented Fortune 500 companies before many state departments and agencies, including the Department of Job and Family Services, Department of Transportation and the Department of Taxation.
Prior to his tenure with KMK Consulting, Andy served as Deputy Chief of Staff for then Ohio Auditor of State Betty Montgomery, where he was a senior advisor to the Auditor and led the office’s policy initiatives. He also chaired the Auditor’s Regional Advisory Boards, composed of elected officials from all levels of government that advised the Auditor of State on issues of government finance and accountability.
Andy’s resume also includes tours of duty as Director of Special Counsel and an Assistant Attorney General at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. As Director of Special Counsel, Andy managed more than $35 million in annual legal contracts with 400 law firms in 28 states and three foreign countries. He also managed Ohio’s cases against Enron, WorldCom, and Global Crossing for securities fraud against Ohio’s public pension funds. In addition, he oversaw a record-setting $128 million in annual collections of money owed to the state. Andy also served as an assistant attorney general in the office’s Juvenile Justice Section where he worked as legal advisor to the office’s Anti-Gang Unit, and was a guest instructor at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.
During his time at the Attorney General’s Office, Andy also served as assistant solicitor in the office’s Major Appeals Group where he worked on landmark cases in the United States Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Andy’s commitment to service isn’t limited to his professional life. Since 1997, he has served on the Wittenberg University Alumni Board of Directors. Andy was in the second graduating class of the Columbus Bar Association’s Barrister Leader Program, and served as a clothing drive coordinator for Volunteers of America. Andy also participates in the Attorney General’s nationally recognized Pro Bono Legal Program, a program that provides free legal assistance to low-income Ohioans. Andy is an elected member of the Franklin County Republican Party Central Committee and has chaired the campaigns of local and legislative candidates.
Andy received his bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University, and his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law. He and his wife Angi live with their son in Blacklick.
Wittenberg University (Bachelor of Arts in Political Science)
The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law (Juris Doctor)