CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
Columbus, OHIO (Sept. 16, 2013) – Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) President Jonathan Hollingsworth has appointed Sheila Nolan Gartland and Victor H. Perez to serve as committee or section chairs for 2013-2014. The OSBA maintains 31 standing committees and 11 sections, each of which monitors a particular area of law. Committees and sections work to improve the justice system by keeping Ohio lawyers informed about the latest court decisions and regulatory changes. In addition, they comment on bills before the Ohio General Assembly and draft their own legislative proposals to improve existing laws.
Sheila Nolan Gartland has been appointed to chair the Real Property Section Council. A partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, she is a member of the firm’s finance, energy and real estate group. She regularly advises clients in the acquisition, sale, leasing and disposition of real property. She also advises them in real property development matters, including annexation and zoning, and assists them in obtaining economic development incentives and other real estate financing. In addition, Gartland represents clients in connection with oil and gas transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, title matters and leasing. She earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Dayton, and her law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. She is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and has been included in the Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, since 2010. In the community, Gartland has been a member of CREW Columbus since 1997, and has served on the CREW Network National Education Committee and its Recognition Committee. She has also served as committee event chair for the Central Ohio Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since 1994. She lives in Powell, Ohio.
Victor H. Perez has been appointed to chair the Juvenile Law Committee. He has been a child protection attorney since 2003, and currently serves the Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services. A 1998 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and a 2001 graduate of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, he is a former reporter for the Berwyn-Cicero-Forest View-Stickney Life newspaper. A past president of the Seneca County Bar Association who has served on the OSBA Advisory Council on Diversity Initiatives, Perez was one of the 2011 Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans. He also received the Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Award in 2012. In the community, he serves on the board of Legal Aid of Western Ohio and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality. He is a member of St. Joseph Church in Tiffin, Johnson’s Island Civil War Roundtable and the Tiffin Historic Trust, and is a past member of the City of Tiffin Charter Review Commission. He lives in Tiffin with his wife and two children.
The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.