OSBA certifies paralegals

CONTACT:  Maggie Ostrowski
(614) 487-4425, or cell phone: (614) 306-3839

COLUMBUS -- (July 13, 2017) The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) today announced that 10 paralegal professionals have met the requirements to earn "OSBA Certified Paralegal" designation,  joining the 229 current OSBA Certified Paralegals across Ohio. (Please see list below.)

“We congratulate the latest group of Ohio paralegals to achieve their certifications," said OSBA President Randall Comer. “As someone who works directly with an OSBA certified paralegal who has been critical to the success of my own practice, I couldn’t be prouder of this program. It helps lawyers and law firms, clients and the public in identifying highly-qualified paralegal professionals.”

By definition, a paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. To be eligible for the OSBA paralegal certification program, an applicant must meet specified requirements related to education/experience, continuing legal education, and references, and then must pass a written exam. For a detailed description of OSBA paralegal certification requirements, please visit the OSBA website.

OSBA Certified Paralegals are certified for four years, and must meet reporting obligations to maintain certification. At the end of the certification period, a paralegal may be recertified if the continuing legal education and reference requirements continue to be met.

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 28,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio. 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.

2017 OSBA Certified Paralegals

(Home zip codes provided unless otherwise indicated; city names indicate firm locations)

Megan E. Fryburger/Ulmer Berne LLP - 45226

Karen Hoog/The Farrish Law Firm – 47016

Cheryl L. Hufford/The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company - 45244

Christina Andrews/Ohio Attorney General’s Office - 43102

Susan Biskner/Carlile Patchen & Murphey LLP - 43230

Kristen M. Devenny/Ohio Attorney General’s Office - 43123

Ranae Murray/Connor, Kimmet & Hafenstein LLP - 43082

Virginia L. Swartz/CBIZ, Inc. - 44060

Valley City
Robin L. Cottrill/MTD Holdings, Inc. - 44266

Roslizah Dabe/Miller Finney McKeown & Baker - 45385



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