With a background in business and taxation law, John Flis is a public finance and energy tax attorney who partners with public and private entities to accomplish their project goals. Specifically, John spearheads our Inflation Reduction Act practice and manages bond and economic development matters.

Ensuring that financial transactions occur both smoothly and with all legal considerations addressed, John is familiar with each stage of funding for all types of projects and has been involved in large, complex transactions. He helps both experienced and inexperienced clients fully understand and make informed decisions regarding the details of their matters, from inception to close.

In August 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act became law and overhauled the domestic clean energy industry. Since that time, John has become highly experienced on many of the incentives and tax credits that are available to both public and private entities. He is helping to lead clients through all stages of their clean energy projects, from a project’s inception all the way through claiming the appropriate tax credits after a project is placed into service.

John has vast knowledge of public law, especially related to legal research, document management, administrative hearings and litigation. He has longstanding relationships within Ohio’s state tax department.

John is a former attorney with the Ohio Department of Taxation and has also held legal positions within the State of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

For additional ways to contact John Flis, you can reach his assistant Lora Leuzinger at 614.227.4912 or by email.


Florida State University College of Law (J.D. and Business Law Certificate), 2018; Article and Notes Editor, Journal of Transnational Law and Policy; Member, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Terrell Chapter; Student Counsel, Business Law Clinic

University of Alabama (B.S. with honors in Mathematics), 2015


Presentations & Publications

Additional Items

  • Author, “Overview of the 179D Deduction: Construction of New Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings” (November 2023)
  • Author, “179D Resource Guide: Alternative Deduction for Energy Efficient Building Retrofit Property” (November 2023)
  • Contributor, “Energy and Climate Tax Credits for the Health Care Sector,” AHLA Tax and Finance Practice Group Alerts (October 24, 2023)
  • Contributor, “Start Your Engines: Ohio’s Legislature Drastically Expands the Breadth of Two Local Economic Development Programs, Columbus Bar Association Lawyers Quarterly (Fall 2023)
  • Contributor, “IRS Releases Guidance on Elective Payments” (July 2023)
  • Contributor, “Inflation Reduction Act: Federal Incentives for Public Entities for Clean Energy Improvements” (June 2023)
  • Contributor, “What is an “Energy Community” – IRS Provides Guidance on Key Aspect of the Inflation Reduction Act” (May 2023)
  • Contributor, “Inflation Reduction Act (IRA): Advanced Manufacturing Product Credit – A cheat sheet” (May 2023)
  • Contributor, “Local Government Tailored Incentives Available Under the IRA” (May 2023)
  • Contributor, “Local government incentives available under Inflation Reduction Act” (March 2023)
  • Contributor, “Inflation Reduction Act: Direct payments to nonprofits and political subdivisions for clean energy projects” (February 2023)
  • Speaker, “Clean Energy Tax Incentives for Higher Education”, AICUO Webinar (December 5, 2023)
  • Speaker, “The Inflation Reduction Act: Incentives Available to Hospitals”, Ohio Hospital Associations Webinar (November 1, 2023)
  • Speaker, “HB 140, Campaign Guidance and the Inflation Reduction Act”, Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Meeting (November 1, 2023)
  • Speaker, “Powering Ohio – Green Energy and Federal Incentives”, Ohio Association of Public Treasurers Fall Conference (October 5, 2023)
  • Speaker, “Inflation Reduction Act”, Fresh Brewed Business: Industry & Workforce Development in Hancock County (September 12, 2023)
  • Speaker, “Inflation Reduction Act”, Bricker Graydon & Horan Bridge Series (September 7, 2023)
  • Speaker, “Clean Energy Tax Incentives for Higher Education” (August 2023)
  • Speaker, “It’s All Green To Me – How Converting To Clean Energy Is Now More Affordable Than Ever,” Ohio Southeast Economic Development Webinar (June 2023)
  • Speaker, “Inflation Reduction Act Webinar: Understanding Opportunities for Your Business” (June 20, 2023)
  • Speaker, “Clean Energy Tax Incentives for Higher Education”, AICUO Collaborator’s Conference, (June 2023)
  • Speaker, “Local Government Incentives Available Under Inflation Reduction Act” OHA Presentation”, (June 2023)
  • Speaker, “Local Government Tailored Incentives Available Under the IRA”, City EDvantage Webinar – Kentucky League of Cities, (May 2023)
  • Speaker, “New Tools For Green Projects – PACE AND IRA Webinar”, Ohio Township Association (May 25, 2023)
  • Speaker, “Inflation Reduction Act”, Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association (May 11, 2023)
  • Speaker, “Chips, Infrastructure, and Inflation Reduction Act”, Licking County Vision 2050 (May 10, 2023)
  • Speaker, “Inflation Reduction Act and PACE”, Ohio Association of Public Treasurers Hot Topic Seminar (April 28, 2023)
  • Speaker, “Inflation Reduction Act”, Ohio City/County Management Association annual conference (April 6, 2023)
  • Speaker, “Current Landscape of Public Incentives and Financing Options for Green & Sustainable Assets”, Council of Development Finance Agencies Webinar Series (March 7, 2023)

Outside The Office

Outside of the office John likes to spend his free time playing with his dog, hanging out with friends and family, playing video games, cooking, and trying new local restaurants.

John Flis, Bricker Graydon LLP Photo

John Flis

  • 100 South Third Street
    Columbus, OH 43215 -4291


  • State of Ohio, 2019
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