Ohio State Bar Association honors Dayton area attorneys for longtime service



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Columbus, Ohio (March 7, 2018) – On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, the President of the Ohio State Bar As​​sociation (OSBA) recognized seven area attorneys for decades of service to the legal profession. About the honorees: 


For 65 years of service to the profession  


Thomas "Ted" Jenks of Kettering graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1953. A litigator, he has represented clients in medical malpractice and personal injury cases and has earned the highest possible peer rating for professional achievement and ethical standing from Martindale-Hubbell. He is the oldest living past president of the Dayton Bar Association and has previously been an OSBA foundation fellow. He has also been an active member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Bar Foundation and the American Board of Trial Advocates. *Download Photo 


William W. MacMillan, Jr. of Dayton graduated from Notre Dame Law School and has been a licensed attorney since 1953. He served as a county court judge for 12 years and a Common Pleas Judge for 18 years for a total of 30 years. He is now retired and lives in Dayton. *Download Photo 


For 50 years of service to the profession  


Gary L. Froelich of Dayton is a graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and has practiced law in Ohio since 1968. He has focused his work on real estate law, being listed in the National Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for Real Estate and appointed to the Ohio Real Estate Commission by Governor Ted Strickland in 2008. He has also served in the US Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps, as an assistant Montgomery County Prosecutor, as a Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General, and as legal advisor to former Congressman Tony P. Hall. Outside of the law, he currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Dayton Public Radio, as Justice Day Chairperson for the Leadership Dayton Board of Governors, and as legal counsel for Kettering-Moraine-Oakwood Chamber of Commerce. *Download Photo 


James P. Hickey of Dayton graduated from Salmon P. Chase College of Law and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1968. In private practice, James has mainly worked on real estate, probate and corporate law in addition to civil litigation. In the public sector, he has served as an assistant county prosecutor, assistant state Attorney General, a mediator for the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, and an acting municipal judge. In addition to his legal career, he has served as an adjunct professor in the Business, Finance and Engineering Departments of his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Dayton. *Download Photo 


Ralph A. Skilken, Jr. of Dayton graduated from Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1968. He began his legal career in the Attorney General of Ohio's office doing appropriation trials, administrative and appellate court work throughout the state. In solo private practice he has represented firefighter, police and sheriff bargaining units in the Dayton area, represented clients in commercial real estate matters, and helped family businesses with transactions, litigation, and estate planning. He has served as chair of the Judiciary and Continuing Legal Education Committees as well as president of the Dayton Bar Association. He has served his community as chairman of the South Suburban YMCA Board, a mentor for the Ohio Supreme Court's Mentoring Program for Young Attorneys and as a member of the Volunteer Lawyers Project. *Download Photo 


Andrew D. Thomas of Dayton is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law and has been a lawyer since 1968 practicing in Illinois, Ohio, Washington, DC and Texas. He worked in private practice in Illinois and Ohio but worked for the government in Washington, DC and Texas. In Washington he was at the Pentagon on extended active duty, while in Texas he was the Chief of the White-Collar Crime Unit and prosecuted mentally-challenged and insane defense cases. *Download Photo 


William H. Wolff, Jr. of Dayton graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1967. He has led a lengthy and accomplished career as a judge, serving on the Dayton Municipal Court from 1976 to 1977, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas from 1977 to 1985 and the Court of Appeals of Ohio, 2nd District from 1985 to 2009. In addition to his judicial career, he has served as chairman of the Ohio Judicial Conference, president of the Dayton Bar Association and an adjunct Professor at the University of Dayton School of Law from 1981 to 2001. William still works as a visiting judge, mediator and arbitrator and has been married to Penny Wolff for 52 years. He has three children and seven grandchildren. *Download Photo 


All honorees were recognized as part of the OSBA's District 2 annual meeting in Dayton at the Crown Plaza Dayton.  


The meeting also included the election of Magistrate Kathleen Lenski as District 2 representative to the OSBA Board of Governors and Magistrate Gary Carter to the association's Council of Delegates. 


District 2 includes more than 1,100 attorneys who practice in Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby 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.   


*Honorees are pictured with OSBA President, Randall Comer. 





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