Brett counsels public and private companies of all sizes through multi-million dollar mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other corporate and securities transactions, facilitating growth strategies and operational objectives for clients around the world.

As chair of the firm’s Oil and Gas, Biotech and Emerging Business practice groups, Brett counsels clients regarding ongoing securities compliance and general corporate and contracting matters.

Brett advises national and foreign clients in general business matters, for-profit and nonprofit entity formation, regulatory issues and heavy industry projects, as well as international debt, equity and complex financing transactions. He has worked as lead counsel for global corporate clients in a wide range of industries, including energy and natural resources, manufacturing, telecommunications, finance, and food and beverage. His experience includes advising Fortune 100 companies and private equity groups in the acquisition, divestment and relocation of assets, such as heavy construction vehicles and equipment for use in municipal infrastructure projects. Brett also advises on compensation issues and agreements, including incentive plans, to help companies attract and retain executive talent.

A resourceful facilitator for emerging businesses, Brett helps young entrepreneurs with the multitude of formation, growth and business operational issues confronting early stage companies, such as capitalization, fundraising, third-party vendor relationships, contractual agreement review, securities law and due diligence. Assisting clients through all stages, Brett connects entrepreneurs with proven industry leaders to help establish their business profile, advises as companies expand and works to ensure owners exit on their own terms.

Brett counsels oil and gas clients on corporate and financing issues related to the operation of pipeline systems for petroleum product transportation, and the development, production and transportation of energy resources. He assists power generation companies with out-of-state operations, helping them acquire assets and complete financing transactions in multiple locations.

Brett serves as co-editor of the firm's Oil & Gas Law Report blog.


  • The George Washington University Law School  (J.D., 2001)
  • The Ohio State University  (B.S., 1997)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Professional Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Corporate Law Committee, Past Secretary

Honors & Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars Edition, 2006, 2009-2013, 2015


  • BalletMet Columbus, Board of Trustees
  • Columbus Council on World Affairs, Board of Trustees
  • Ohio Historical Society, Board Member
  • Leadership Columbus, Class of 2010