OSBA honors area attorneys for longtime service


OSBA President Randall Comer, James Messenger, Daniel Rossi, Dave Sabine and District 13 Representative to the OSBA Board of Governors Don Humphrey, Jr.


CONTACT: Maggie Ostrowski  

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mostrowski@ohiobar.org ​

Columbus, Ohio (September 28, 2017)  On Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) recognized two area attorneys for more than 50 years of service to the profession and one for more than 65 years.

65-Year Honoree: 

Daniel L. Rossi resides in Youngstown and practices with Rossi & Rossi, focusing on personal injury law, wrongful death law and malpractice law. Daniel received his J.D. from the Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law. Daniel is a World War II veteran, and has served on the Mahoning County Board of Mental Retardation and the Youngstown Symphony Board. The Mahoning Bar Association awarded Daniel with the Distinguished Service Award in 2004 and the Professionalism Award in 2017. ​


50-Year Honorees: 

James L. Messenger resides in Youngstown and practices with Henderson, Covington, Messenger, Newman & Thomas Co., L.P.A. James focuses on litigation, employment law and family law. He received his B.B.A. from Ohio University and his LL.B. from the Syracuse University College of Law. James was a founding member of the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys and has been a member of the City of Youngstown's Civil Service Commission since 1991. Additionally, James served as the President of the Mahoning County Bar Association from 1983 to 1984. 


Dave Sabine resides in Poland and practices with Huntington National Bank. Dave received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and has spent 20 years of his legal career working in the trust departments of several different banks. Dave is a veteran of the Vietnam War, and is an active community member. He has served as the president of Mahoning Valley Historical Society, and is involved with the Humility of Mary Development Foundation, New Hope Christian Academy and the Hillcrest Children's Center. 


All were honored as part of the OSBA District 13 annual meeting at the Youngstown County Club. District 13 includes more than 300 attorneys who practice in Mahoning and Columbiana 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.




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