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Bridget C. Coontz

Section Chief
Constitutional Offices Section
 
Contact Info
Office: 614-466-2872
Fax: 614-728-7592
Bridget.Coontz@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov
 
Bridget joined the Constitutional Offices Section in 2013.  She oversees and supervises the representation of all public offices established by the Ohio Constitution. She also supervises the office’s Public Records Unit.
 
Since joining the Attorney General’s Office in 2006, Bridget has worked in the Special Prosecutions Section and the Environmental Enforcement Section.  Bridget also spent three years as counsel for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, representing Patrol personnel in federal court and successfully defending against 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims based on allegations of unlawful arrest and excessive force.  As counsel for the Highway Patrol, Bridget also advised and trained Troopers on matters regarding civil liability for law enforcement, with a focus on the laws of arrest, search, and seizure.  During her tenure with the Attorney General’s Office, Bridget has successfully litigated nuisance abatement actions based on ongoing criminal activity.
 
Bridget has acted as lead counsel in jury trials in state and federal court, and in hearings in which she sought, and defended against, requests for emergency injunctive relief.  She has also written appellate briefs and has orally argued in front of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Tenth District Court of Appeals of Ohio.
 
In addition to litigation, Bridget has conducted trainings across the state on a variety of topics, including: the laws of arrest, search, and seizure; First Amendment considerations in rallies and demonstrations; filing and litigating nuisance abatement actions; and defending state actors in federal court.
 
Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Bridget was an assistant city attorney in Columbus from 1999 to 2006, where she represented the City of Columbus in both criminal and civil matters.  While working for Columbus, Bridget served as the City’s Environmental prosecutor.  In that capacity she assisted in writing the City of Columbus Nuisance Abatement code and filed and litigated nuisance actions against problem properties and their owners.
 

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • State of Ohio (2000)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  
EDUCATION
  • Rutgers School of Law, J.D., 2000
  • Bowling Green State University, B.S., Criminal Justice, 1997