Senior Vice President/General Counsel
John W. Bentine, Esq., has served as general counsel for AMP and the OMEA since 1981. He joined AMP full-time in 2012, serving as senior vice president/general counsel. Bentine is an ex-officio member of the AMP Board of Trustees.
Bentine was with the Columbus law firm of Chester, Willcox and Saxbe LLP from 1991 to 2012, serving as managing partner and chairing the firm’s management committee from 1997 to 2008. The firm merged with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in January 2012. AMP continues to use the Taft firm as its primary outside counsel. Bentine is admitted to practice in Ohio and before the US District Court, Southern District of Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Marshall University and a Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Ohio State University.
Bentine is widely respected in the legal field and considered one of the foremost municipal and utility attorneys in Ohio. Prior to entering private practice in 1981, he served on the technical staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), as assistant attorney general and counsel to the PUCO, and as assistant city attorney and senior assistant city attorney for the City of Columbus. As senior vice president, Bentine oversees all aspects of the organization’s legal obligations.