Jennifer L. Brunner
Jennifer Brunner served as Secretary of State of Ohio from 2007 - 2011 and as a state trial court Judge of the Common Pleas Court of Franklin County (Columbus, Ohio) from 2000 - 2005. She is the founding partner of the firm, having launched it as a sole practitioner in 1988, as the state's first law practice focused on election law. She managed the firm while caring for three small children, while Rick Brunner, her husband and fellow attorney, handled complex, multi-state litigation for another law firm. After four years, he joined her, and the firm became Brunner & Brunner. Over the years, the firm has grown to encompass a strong litigation and business practice, along with consumer, government and election law expertise.
Jennifer Brunner completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology with emphasis in Gerontology, cum laude, at Miami University in 1978. She earned a J.D. from Capital University Law School with honors, having her first child during law school while working full and part time. She is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio and in the U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Jennifer Brunner holds public sector experience in the Ohio Senate in the late 1970's and as an attorney in the Ohio Secretary of State's office from 1983-1987. During her years in private practice (from 1987-2000 and 2005-2006), Jennifer Brunner served as general counsel for a computer firm and for an Ohio trade association and represented clients before the Ohio legislature and state agencies. Brunner also served as campaign finance counsel for numerous state and local labor unions, corporations, national and state associations, candidates, and political action committees on state and federal election law. Her experience includes representation of developers and neighborhood groups on zoning, referendum and initiative issues. She previously served as the administrative partner of the firm.
While sitting as a Judge, Jennifer Brunner has presided over both civil and criminal felony trials, including death penalty cases. As an attorney, Brunner holds litigation and administrative law experience in matters of state and local public contract issues, corporate and contract matters, ethics and election law, liquor and local option law and zoning law. Her experience includes representation before agencies, boards and commissions and trial and appellate representation in numerous counties in Ohio and in the Northern and Southern U.S. District Courts of Ohio and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jennifer Brunner is a member of the American, Ohio State, and Columbus Bar Associations. In 2008 she was awarded the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the nation's most prestigious award for elected public servants, for her work as Ohio's 52nd Secretary of State.
She is the first woman to be elected Secretary of State in Ohio and the fifth woman elected to statewide executive office in her own right in the history of the state. She ran unsuccessfully in a primary election for the United State Senate in 2010 instead of running for reelection and is pleased to return to the practice of law with Brunner Quinn in January 2011. Jennifer Brunner is the mother of three grown children and resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband of 32 years, Rick Brunner, also a partner in the firm.