M. Howard Petricoff - Capital University Law School

M. Howard Petricoff

Joyce Howell Danford Adjunct Faculty Chair

M. Howard Petricoff


  • M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration), Harvard University
  • J.D., University of Cincinnati
  • B.S., American University


  • Energy and utilities
  • Government relations
  • Litigation


Mr. Petricoff holds the Joyce Howell Danford Adjunct Faculty Chair at Capital University Law School where he teaches the Energy Law course. He is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, where he is a member of the energy and environmental group. For thirty years, Mr. Petricoff has advised and represented clients in energy, utility, and environmental matters, including litigation in federal and state court as well as state public service commissions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and various permitting boards and commissions.

Mr. Petricoff served as a Commissioner on the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission from 2005 to 2012, the last five years of which he held the Chairman position. Before joining Vorys, he served as an Assistant Ohio Attorney General from 1977 to 1982. Currently, Mr. Petricoff serves as a Special Assistant Attorney General on certain energy and environmental cases. From 2005 to the present, he has been a trustee of Energy Industries Ohio, a non-profit corporation engaged in research in energy use and conservation. Mr. Petricoff holds a Master's Degree from Harvard University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from American University.

Additional professional experience

Mr. Petricoff's professional and community activities include:

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Board of Trustees, 2006-2011
  • Energy Industries of Ohio, Board of Trustees, 2005-present 
  • National Gas & Oil Corporation, Board of Trustees, 1992-1999 
  • Chair of the Natural Resources Committee of the Ohio Bar Association 2005 -2007

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)