OF COUNSEL

Sandy Lynskey

“Want to know where the line is drawn between creative and deceptive consumer advertising? We can tell you, because we helped draw and enforce it.”

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Experience

Sandy Lynskey is Of Counsel to M&S, joining the firm after serving nearly two decades in public service and in state regulatory roles. Sandy represents businesses of all sizes in single and multistate enforcement actions by state attorneys general, the FTC, and the CFPB. Her practice focuses on state consumer protection and privacy laws, including matters involving advertising, marketing, and financial services.

Sandy previously served as Chief of the Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section, where she supervised all aspects of regulatory enforcement actions, from consumer complaint dispute resolution to formal investigations and multistate litigation. Under Sandy’s guidance and in cooperation with federal and other state authorities, the Consumer Protection Section achieved landmark settlements and won millions of dollars in civil penalties and restitution for Ohioans. Sandy was also instrumental in the creation of the Identity Theft Unit, helping victims rectify the effects of identity theft by working with law enforcement, credit reporting agencies, creditors, and bill collectors.

Few things are more stressful or challenging to your business than finding it under investigation or the target of regulatory enforcement action. Bringing a keen understanding of both complex consumer protection laws and the enforcement process, Sandy deftly draws on her experience and insight as a regulator to identify issues, help clients navigate investigations and other compliance matters, and achieve timely and optimal resolutions to regulators’ concerns. Highly respected while in office, she has worked hard to maintain positive and productive working relationships with her former colleagues across the country. She is uniquely skilled at resolving conflict and building relationships between multiple parties – helping her to achieve the best results possible for her clients.

Sandy has served for more than 20 years as a federal district court mediator, administering a wide range of matters including labor disputes, civil and constitutional rights, consumer complaints, defamation, and ADA compliance. She has also been called upon to serve as an expert witness in high-profile consumer protection cases, and currently serves as a Hearing Officer for the Ohio Board of Nursing, where she oversees administrative hearings related to licensing and certification.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended multiple clients in class action suits for Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) violations in federal court.
  • Successfully defended clients in government enforcement actions in federal court.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for corporate client defending against class action claims and regulatory enforcement actions.
  • Litigated complicated civil lawsuits for clients involving a variety of business disputes, including complex contractual disputes involving multiple business entities.
  • Compiled 50 state surveys for clients related to debt collection, consumer protection laws, and compliance with Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
  • Drafted comments with FTC and CFPB on behalf of corporate clients.
  • Assisted clients with formal responses to Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs) and subpoenas.

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern & Southern Districts of Ohio

Education

  • Juris Doctorate, Capital University Law School, 1997
  • Bachelor of Science, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1981

Professional Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers of Franklin County
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation, Fellow Member
  • National Cannabis Industry Association, Marketing & Advertising Committee Member
  • Cleveland School of Cannabis, Law and Policy Adjunct Faculty
  • Ohio Mock Trial Program, Judge
  • Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Mediator
  • U.S. Federal District Court, Mediator

Honors & Awards

  • Franciscan University President’s Law Award, 2006

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Founder & President, Fred Bell Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville Alumni Association, Board Member
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