Ohio State Bar Association honors Athens area attorneys for longtime service


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Columbus, Ohio (March 5, 2018) – On Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, the President of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) recognized two area attorneys for 50 years of service to the profession and one attorney for 65 years of service.  


About the honorees: 


James Robert Addison of Marietta was honored for 65 years of services to the profession. A graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, was admitted to the bar in Ohio in 1953. He began his career as a First Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General's Corps from 1954 to 1956 before returning to Marietta. In addition to a lengthy career in private practice, he served as acting Judge of the Marietta Municipal Court from 1963 to 1966, President of the Washington County Bar Association, and on the Council of Delegates of the OSBA from 1971 to 1973. He remains active as a solo practitioner and a volunteer at the monthly legal clinic providing legal assistance to low-income people.  Outside of the law, he has served on the board of directors of O'Neill Senior Center in Marietta, as President of the Church Council of St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Marietta, and as co-chair of charity drives for United Appeal and Red Cross.  ​


Gary Frederic Frye of Marietta was honored for 50 years of services to the profession. He earned his law degree at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and has practiced law in Ohio since 1968. After his admission to the bar, he joined the Marietta firm TheisenBrock where he focused on real estate and probate practice until 2005 when he left the firm to become General Counsel for Artex Oil Company in Marietta. Within the OSBA, he has served on the Labor Law Committee, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Continuing Education Board, the Board of Governors, and the Board of Directors for OBLIC. He has also served as President of the Ohio Land Title Association and the Washington County Bar Association. He is a member of the Warren Local High School Football Hall of Fame.  


Christopher Edward Veidt of Logan also received honors for 50 years of service. Veidt graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1967, where he was on the Law Journal and was a member of the Order of the Coif. He served as the Hocking County Prosecuting Attorney from 1970 to 1988, earning the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney of the Year Award in 1985. From 1988 until 2003 he served as Fairfield County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Supervising Attorney for Fairfield County Child Support Enforcement Agency and has run a solo general practice since 2003. He has served on the Executive Committee of the OSBA, as President of the Hocking County Bar Association, Trustee and Chairman of the Tri-County Board of Mental Health, and as Executive Committee Member and Officer for United Way and Red Cross. He has been married to Karen K. Veidt for 54 years and is the proud father of three adult sons.   


All honorees were recognized as part of the OSBA's District 17 annual meeting in Columbus at the Sheraton Columbus at Capital Square. District 17 includes 160 attorneys who practice in Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Noble and Washington Counties.  


About the Ohio State Bar Association  

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 26,000 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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