Ohio State Bar Association honors area attorneys for longtime service

CONTACT: Maggie Ostrowski  
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Columbus, Ohio (November 16, 2017) – On Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) recognized three area attorneys for more than 50 years of service to the profession and two for more than 65 years.  
(Pictured from left to right: OSBA President Randall Comer, Fred Haupt, Sean Keenan, Joseph Tripodi, John Milligan, Earl Sheehan, OSBA Executive Director Mary Amos Augsburger, and Paul Hervey, who is the District 14 Representative to the OSBA Board of Governors.)  
65-Year Honorees: 
John R. Milligan resides in North Canton and serves as a Master Commissioner on the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Discipline and Grievance. John has been a judge for 54 years, serving in the Stark County Court of Common Pleas (1963-1980), the Fifth District Court of Appeals (1980-1992) and as an assigned judge (1992-2011). He is also the founder of the Multi-County Juvenile Attention System, which provides detention and rehabilitation services to juvenile courts in several counties. John received his A.B. from the College of Wooster and his J.D. from the University of Michigan. In 2011, the OSBA awarded John with the Thomas J. Moyer Award for Judicial Excellence. 

Earl C. Sheehan resides in North Canton and is a solo practitioner. He received his J.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He credits his wife of 69 years for helping him finance his law school education by teaching. 

50-Year Honorees: 
Fred J. Haupt resides in Canton and practices with Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths and Dougherty Co., L.P.A. He focuses on business law, health care law, estate planning, contract and corporate law, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Fred earned his B.A. from the University of Mount Union and his J.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and has been selected for listing in Outstanding Lawyers of America every year since 2007. 

Sean Keenan resides in Canton and practices with Day Ketterer L.T.D., representing management in employment discrimination matters. Sean is an AV Preeminent rated attorney and has argued cases in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals as well as the Supreme Court of Ohio. He received his B.A. from Walsh College and his LL.B from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Sean is a member of Community Legal Aid Services’ Board of Trustees and is involved with United Way. He also served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. 

Joseph I. Tripodi resides in New Philadelphia and is a solo practitioner. Joseph received his J.D. from the Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law and has been a trial lawyer for most of his career. Joseph spent 10 years as a member of the Tuscarawas County Public Defender Board and has also served as the president of the Tuscarawas County Bar Association. He and his late wife have three children and five grandchildren. 
All were honored as part of the OSBA District 14 annual meeting at the McKinley Grand Hotel.  
In addition, Daniel Griffith was elected as the next District 14 representative to the OSBA Board of Governors for a three-year term starting in July of 2018, and Jennifer Thomas and Howard Wernow were each elected to two-year terms on the OSBA's policy-making Council of Delegates, also starting in July of 2018.  
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.  
OSBA District 14 includes more than 650 attorneys who practice in Carroll, Stark, and Tuscarawas counties.





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