Michael R. Rankin, Esq.

Michael R. Rankin, Esq.: Attorney with Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A.


- Mike Rankin - A lawyer and former: a. general counsel, state and national BMV/DMV board mbr. www.aamva.org , b. Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Board Chairman-12 yrs. with www.morpc.org , c. Lucas County asst. prosecutor, d. special Columbus City Prosecutor; e. Consultant to the motor vehicle regulatory community & to The Gemalto Company since 2015, and now f. Associate with Doucet & Associates.

A proven record of leading complex -mission critical Public Safety, Transportation and Customer Service Organizations to Excellence. Lecturing statewide on autonomous/self-driving vehicle technology. Proficient in Microsoft Office. As Ohio BMV leader, responsible for 2800 staff at some 250 Ohio BMV offices & $1.2 bil. annual revenues . Started in house counsel programs for Seaway Food Town, Inc. and Lucas Co. Sheriff Dept. (LCSD) Sworn Ohio Peace Officer at LCSD since 1981.

- Creating success for clients, employers and their customers. As an experienced leader, business developer, problem solver, planner, consensus builder, former General Counsel, private practitioner at the Bricker & Eckler law firm and trusted advisor. Service on many non-profit boards.

- Leading Complex Entities to #1 in Customer Service: Service under Ohio Governors Ted Strickland (2007-09) and John Kasich (2011-14) as leader and Registrar of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles or BMV. Left the 2,800 person Bureau in Dec. 2014 after taking the Ohio BMV to a #1 in the nation customer satisfaction rating in 2014. Rating based on data collected from state DMVs; from DMV customer surveys reporting on wait times, service levels, ease of use of online services, call center and overall DMV performance (emphasis added).

- See Washington Post May 16, 2014 national article by Reid Wilson.http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-weeks-...

- Achieved better BMV agency performance and results with $23 mil. fewer operating dollars and 150 fewer staff by: empowering staff and customers with better access to information; use of technology; online and self-service tech; & staff training. Sharepoint use as a real time knowledge sharing center; smart budgeting; continuous improvement; and, daily interaction with front line staff & customers. Applying thoughtful leadership to ensure good customer service; performance; transparency, collaboration; inclusiveness and accountability.

- From 2009-2011, Service as the Assistant and #2 to Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, now a Judge on the 10th District Court of Appeals. Part of upgrading voting systems security & integrity.

- Going Where Needed: A practicing business attorney previously representing regional retailers; national shopping center developers; www.aep.com and telecom wireless tower companies. Handling local zoning cases, commercial real estate leasing and litigation. Service as a Chief Deputy Clerk for Franklin County Municipal Court from 2005-07 www.fcmcclerk.com improving court services.

- Former 12 year commission board member and Board Chairman for the Mid - Ohio Regional Planning Commission from 1995-2007. That agency oversees all regional transportation and related regional planning. MORPC secures several hundred million $ annually and decides what road projects receive federal dollars.

- Service on numerous non-profit boards and a 14 year Columbus, Ohio Noon Club Rotarian. Current board member. See www.columbusrotary.org . Also 7 yr. board member of the former Lucas Co. Substance Abuse Services Agency & substance abuse treatment jail counselor. On Lucas Co. Sheriff’s planning team for the Nov. 2018 two day seminar on “Opioid Abuse Reduction Training & Strategies that Work”. Member of: AARP, AAMVA, CBA, NSA and IACP.

Mike’s advice for all: “…is to treat people the way you would want to be treated.”

References: John Tharp, Lucas County Sheriff, Toledo, Ohio - Ph. 419.213.4900.

Tom Charles, past supervisor at and now retired Ohio Public Safety Director; ret. Lt. Col. Ohio State Hwy. Patrol (OSP) and former Ohio Inspector General Ph. 614.623.2751.The Hon. Jennifer Brunner, Appellate Judge and former Ohio Sec. of State, Ph. 614.525.3614.

Areas of Practice (18)

  • Foreclosures
  • Debt Relief
  • Consumer Law
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Entertainment And Sports
  • Administrative Law
  • Zoning Planning
  • Entertainment and Sports
  • Zoning, Planning and Land Use
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Energy
  • Utility Law
  • Communications and Media
  • Business Development
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Government Relations

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
614-721-1917  Phone
University Attended:
Ohio State University, B.A., 1975
Law School Attended:
University of Toledo School of Law, J.D., 1979
Year of First Admission:
1980, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; 1979, Ohio; 1986, U.S. Supreme Court
Columbus, Ohio State and American Bar Associations; Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (Board Member; Past Chairman, 2001-2002).
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