Frantz Ward LLP is proud to share that partner Keith A. Ashmus
has been appointed to the prestigious Regulatory Fairness Board as a representative from Region V, which covers Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Regulatory Fairness Board is a part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of the National Ombudsman. Keith is ideally suited for this position given decades of experience serving small businesses.
The purpose of the Regulatory Fairness Board is to help small businesses cope with the mass of federal regulations. It provides advice to the National Ombudsman on matters of concern to small businesses relating to the regulatory enforcement and compliance activities of Federal agencies. The Board also serves to advise the National Ombudsman on substantial instances of excessive enforcement actions by agencies against small businesses and helps the SBA’s Office of Advocacy weigh in on new regulatory proposals that impact small business. The Regulatory Fairness Board is strictly non-partisan, and its members serve without pay.
Keith is nationally recognized as a respected advocate and a trustworthy neutral. His practice focuses on helping business owners achieve their visions, as well as mediating and arbitrating cases around the nation. Keith is a leader in his profession (as Past President of the Ohio State Bar Association and its charitable arm, the Ohio State Bar Foundation), small business (as past Chair of both Cleveland’s Council of Smaller Enterprises and the National Small Business Association), and community (as past Chair of the Greater Cleveland Advisory Board of The Salvation Army). He has testified before Congressional Committees, as well as the Ohio General Assembly, in support of small business positions. Keith earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, a Master’s in Economics from Michigan State University, and a B.A., with High Honors, also from Michigan State University.