OSBA honors Dorothy Pelanda with 2017 Lawyer-Legislator Award

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CONTACT:  Maggie Ostrowski (614) 487-4425; (614) 306-3839

Columbus, Ohio (April 28, 2016) – At a meeting of the Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) Council of Delegates, State Representative Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) was honored with the OSBA Lawyer-Legislator Distinguished Service Award for 2017.  The OSBA established the award in 2014 to recognize Ohio lawyers who also provide exceptional service as Ohio legislators.​


“Representative Pelanda’s work in the Ohio House has been a tremendous benefit to her constituents, to the state of Ohio, and to the entire legal profession,” OSBA President Ronald Kopp said. “We look forward to continuing our work with Dorothy to further the practice of law in Ohio and to promote justice for all.”

Representative Pelanda is serving her third term in the Ohio House, representing the people of Union and Marion counties. She was elected by her peers to serve as the chamber’s Majority Floor Leader, having previously held the positions of Assistant Majority Whip and Majority Whip in previous sessions. Through her leadership, Pelanda has worked to update juvenile and elder care laws, and on legislation to combat the opiate epidemic that has devastated so many Ohioans. She serves as Vice Chair of the Aging and Long Term Care Committee as well as on the Criminal Justice; Government Accountability and Oversight; and the Rules and Reference committees. 

“Representative Pelanda has been a great partner with the OSBA, consistently supporting issues of great importance to the legal community and to her constituents” said Todd Book, OSBA Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs said in presenting the award.  

Prior to her service in the Ohio General Assembly, Pelanda practiced law for more than 30 years, focusing on criminal and civil litigation and domestic relations law. She is a graduate of Miami University and the University of Akron School of Law. 

Pelanda is married to Sam Gerhardstein and is the mother of three grown children, Brian, Doug and Zoe. 

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.

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