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Cheri A. Budzynski

1000 Jackson Street
Toledo, OH 43604


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Cheri A. Budzynski is a partner in the Toledo, Ohio office.  Cheri is admitted to practice in Ohio, Florida, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States District Court of Ohio, Northern District; and the United States District Court of Ohio, Southern District. 

Since joining Shumaker, she has been involved in a range of environmental regulatory, permitting, and compliance issues that affect the Utility Industry, the Steel/Coke Industry, the Pharmaceutical Industry, and the Ethanol Industry.  Cheri has also worked on environmental litigation at both the State and Federal level. 

A substantial amount of her work is following regulations on both the State and Federal level and preparing comments for various trade organizations.  She has submitted extensive comments to Ohio EPA, U.S. EPA, and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission.  She has also appealed various regulations to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and Ohio’s Environmental Review Appeals Commission. 

Cheri has also prepared an overview of the major environmental regulations in the United States and European Union, which was presented to the Ministry of Environmental Protection for the People’s Republic of China to aid in the development of glass industry regulations in China. 

Cheri has been part of the legal team involved in the application process for a New Source Review/Prevention of Significant Deterioration permit-to-install for a heat recovery coke facility in Ohio.  She has also assisted in permitting Pharmaceutical Facilities and Electric Utility Facilities.     

Cheri received her law degree from the University of Toledo in 2007, where she also served as Executive Editor of the Law Review and Vice President of the Women Law Students’ Association.  Cheri’s comment was published in the Fall 2006 edition of The University of Toledo Law Review.

Prior to joining the firm as an associate, Cheri received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience.  She worked as a professor at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio where she also served as the Chair for the Department of Psychology.  Cheri has nine peer reviewed articles that have been published in psychological and biological journals.  These journals include American Psychologist, The Journal of Experimental Biology, European Journal of Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Behavioral Brain Research.  Cheri has also presented her research at several international conferences.


  • Ohio Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2014 - 2017

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Toledo Women's Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • President, Toledo Women's Bar Association
  • Past Social Media Vice Chair, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Air Quality Committee

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Alternate biographies




  • J.D., magna cum laude, The University of Toledo, Order of the Coif, 2007
  • Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Bowling Green State University, 2001
  • M.A., Experimental Psychology, Bowling Green State University, 1998
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Lourdes College, 1995

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Ohio, 2007
  • Florida, 2008
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit



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