Columbus, OHIO (June 17, 2013) – Cleveland attorney Kenneth Prabucki believes in seizing opportunities to make his community a better place.
In his second year of law school at the University of Notre Dame, Prabucki and his wife “honeymooned” for nine months as community organizers for the East London Communities Organisation, the United Kingdom’s largest independent community alliance. He said of the experience, “Six weeks after we got married, my wife Jamie and I were working with the various communities of faith and nationalities in London’s East End to help address problems like crime, living wages and path to citizenship.” Prabucki was able to grow his assigned church’s volunteer group from just a small handful of members to one of several dozen by the time he left the internship.
As a volunteer in his home community, Prabucki is inspired by his brother to assist those seeking advice at Legal Aid Society of Cleveland clinics. “My older brother Ed was born with severe brain damage, but he’s the most joyful person I know. He inspires me to use the skill set I’ve been given to help others so that their voices can be heard,” Prabucki said.
A member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) Young Lawyers Section, Prabucki focuses much of his practice on litigation-related issues arising from bankruptcy proceedings. In addition to being a member of the court-appointed BakerHostetler legal team representing the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, he is also a member of the team representing the trustee in the Fair Finance Company bankruptcy proceedings. “In this line of legal work, it’s not often that you get to directly benefit retirees who’ve lost every penny,” he said. “It’s gratifying that the work I’m doing is helping make their lives better.”
Away from the office, Prabucki is active in his church and likes to be
outdoors fishing, hiking and traveling. But what may surprise people about this litigator is his love of music. “It’s not a fact that comes up often, so most folks don’t know that I play piano and compose music,” he said. “It’s hard to classify the type of music I write, but I like to tell stories that are experience-based. I communicate more effectively out loud and I’ve found that lyrics are a good way to do that.”
The OSBA, 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.