The Buckeye Institute Adds Director of Litigation

Sep 08, 2022

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute announced on Thursday that David C. Tryon has joined its Legal Center as director of litigation. Tryon will oversee and manage Buckeye’s litigation and filings, legal team including its outside counsel, and actively participate in Buckeye’s cases in both state and federal court.

“Even though he graduated from That School Up North, The Buckeye Institute is nonetheless extraordinarily pleased to have Dave Tryon join our busy legal team and bring his tremendous legal expertise back home to Ohio,” said Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute. “With more than 35 years of experience in private practice and in state and federal government service, Dave will lead Buckeye’s impressive and growing Legal Center and defend the U.S. Constitution and sound public policies in the courts.”

Immediately prior to joining Buckeye, Tryon served as deputy solicitor general in the West Virginia Attorney General’s office where he challenged federal laws and regulations that infringed on states’ rights and defended the validity of West Virginia laws against constitutional challenges. Tryon also served as deputy assistant secretary for policy and development at the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education.

Tryon has had more than 30 years of commercial litigation experience in private practice as well, including trials and appeals. In Arnold v. City of Cleveland, he was successful in having the Ohio Supreme Court declare the right to bear arms a fundamental right under the Ohio Constitution.

A native of the Cleveland area, Tryon has dedicated much of his time to civic affairs. He served on his local school board for four years, the Executive Board for the Greater Cleveland Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Ohio Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He was part of a select group to participate in Leadership Cleveland, Class of 2016, and led the Cleveland Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society for nearly 20 years.

Tryon received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Brigham Young University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan.

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