Ohio State Bar Association president to honor Cleveland area Lawyers on April 18


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Ohio State Bar Association president to honor Cleveland area Lawyers on April 18


Columbus, Ohio (April 13, 2018) –The President of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) will recognize area attorneys for decades of service to the profession and the community on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.  


Randall M. Comer, 2017-2018 OSBA President, will address the OSBA District 12 Annual Meeting at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Conference Center (One Cleveland Center, 1375 East 9th Street, Cleveland 44114). OSBA District 12 includes 4,000 attorneys who practice in Cuyahoga county. Members to be honored include*: 


For 50 years in practice and service to the profession

Richard H. Brown of Chagrin Falls 

Jon R. Burney of Cleveland 

James L. Hardiman of Solon 

David J. Hessler of Independence 

Roger A. Johnston of Cleveland 

Gerald Kurland of Bratenahl
William B. Leahy of Shaker Heights 

Wilbur C. Leatherberry of Cleveland 

Murray K. Lenson of Cleveland 

Martin G. Lentz of Cleveland Heights 

Bernard Mandel of Cleveland 

Donald H. Messinger of Cleveland 

John A. Neville of Cleveland

William E. Reichard of Westlake 

Nancy C. Schuster of Cleveland 

John F. Seelie of Rocky River 

John F. Shelley of Shaker Heights 

Steven A. Sindell of Beachwood 

Edward R. Stege of Cleveland 

William R. Stewart of Cleveland 

Roger W. Van Deusen of Gulf Port, Fl 

Stephen D. Walters of Pepper Pike 


For 65 years in practice and service to the profession

Herbert J. Hoppe of Rocky River

Soloman Lee Kohrman of Cleveland

Elias G. Koury of Westlake

Eugene I. Selker of Cleveland

Shale S. Sonkin of Beachwood


The Ohio State Bar Foundation will also present its Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under to Brandon D. Cox of Cleveland.


Aaron A. O'Brien, District 12 representative to the OSBA Board of Governors, will preside over the meeting, which begins at 12:00 p.m. 


President Comer will discuss the future of the legal profession and what attorneys can do to relate to and support their clients amid a time of great technological, cultural and economic change.  


Immediately preceding the luncheon meeting and recognition, attorneys may attend an optional 2.5-hour continuing legal education professional conduct seminar from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  


For registration details, visit: https://yourosba.ohiobar.org/product/27977




*Note – All honorees have been invited, but may not be present at the luncheon.  

Please contact Annie at (614) 487-4456 or ayamson@ohiobar.orgprior to the event for more information regarding individual honorees.   


About Aaron A. O'Brien, District 12 Representative to the OSBA Board of Governors 

Aaron O'Brien, an associate in the Cleveland office of Baker Hostetler, focuses his practice in the areas of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and capital formation, commercial contracts and other key corporate transactional plays. He is a frequent speaker on capital raising and other securities matters and serves on Baker Hostetler's Diversity Committee. A self-described "chronic volunteer," O'Brien mentors young people and serves on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, the United Black Fund, the Friends of the Cleveland Public Library and the Greater Cleveland Morehouse College Alumni Association. He also is the founder of Just Community, a non-profit law enforcement and legal process awareness and education program.


About OSBA President Randall Comer 

Randall Comer began his term as President of the Ohio State Bar Association on July 1, 2017. A native of Springfield, Ohio, he has been a partner at Martin, Browne, Hull & Harper since 2008, where he specializes in general defense litigation with an emphasis on labor, employment, and workers' compensation matters. Randall earned his bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was editor in chief of the UC Law Review


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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