OSBA honors area attorneys for longtime service


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Columbus, Ohio (September 22, 2017)  On Wednesday, Sept.​ 20, 2017, the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) recognized five area attorneys for more than 50 years of service to the profession. 


Howard G. Bruss of Toledo practices intellectual property law in an "of counsel" capacity with Robison, Curphey & O'Connell, L.L.C. Prior to joining RCO Law, Howard practiced with Fuller & Henry and served as Assistant General Counsel and Intellectual Property Counsel for Owens-Illinois, Inc. Howard received his B.S. from the University of Detroit and his J.D. from The University of Toledo College of Law. Download Photo*


Richard A. Chase of Toledo represents several corporations that develop, own, operate and manage subsidized housing facilities. Over the course of his career, Richard has assisted the development of many housing projects, including housing developments designed for the elderly, as well as for the physically and developmentally disabled. Richard received his J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law. Richard is currently a member of the Lutheran Social Services Foundation Board, and has served as the President of Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in downtown Toledo. Download Photo* 


Douglas K. Jordan of Toledo is a solo practitioner. He earned his degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. Over the years, he has been an active member of various committees at the Toledo Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Wood County Bar Association and the Monroe Bar Association in Michigan. Douglas has also volunteered his time for the Ask the Attorney program. In the community, Douglas has served as an officer for many organizations, including two years with a Lucas County planning organization. He is also an avid sailor and racer on the Great Lakes. Notably, Douglas has held the commendable title of Commodore of North Cape Yacht Club and continues to be actively involved in the everyday business of the Club. Download Photo*


Mervin S. Sharfman of Toledo practices with Sharfman & Cohen, focusing on domestic relations. Mervin received his A.B. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Toledo Law School. He has served as the Chairman of the Domestic Relations Committee of the Toledo Bar Association and as a mentor to younger attorneys on the Toledo Bar Association Mentor Program. Mervin has also participated in the Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Services Program, for which he has won several awards. Along with being a member of the OSBA and Toledo Bar he is also a member of the Lucas County Bar and the American Bar Association. Download Photo*


James J. Petlow of Toledo is a solo practitioner. He received his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. James was a member of the Ohio State Bar Association Corporation Law Committee from 1985 to 2015, and is a member of the state bar associations in Ohio, Michigan and New York. Download Photo*


All were honored as part of the OSBA District 4 annual meeting at the Toledo Club. District 4 includes more than 1,000 attorneys who practice in Lucas, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties. 


About the Ohio State Bar Association 

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.  


*In each photo the honoree is pictured with Ohio State Bar Association President Randall Comer. 




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