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Retired judge to serve on Board of Governors

Contact:  Kenneth Brown – 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426 (cell phone: 614-746-2457)

COLUMBUS–(July 1, 2013) – Retired Judge Thomas H. Gerken of Logan has been elected to serve a three-year term as District 17 representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). District 17 includes 183 attorneys who reside or practice in Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Noble, and Washington counties. 

Gerken was elected to his new post by area lawyers at an OSBA district meeting several months ago. He succeeds retiring District 17 representative, James D. Sillery of Athens, whose term concluded June 30.

The 21-member Board of Governors manages the OSBA’s business affairs, sets policy, reviews pending legislation and conducts other business on behalf of the 25,000 Ohio lawyers and the 4,000 legal assistants and law students who are OSBA members.

After having earned an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University, Gerken received his law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School. Of counsel to the Columbus firm of Crabbe Brown & James, LLP, Gerken focuses on litigation, personal injury and wrongful death matters. He has offices in Logan and Lancaster. 

Gerken served nine years on Hocking County’s EMS Board and 22 years on the SEPTA CBCF Board. He is also a former president of the Hocking County Bar Association and served as a judge of the Hocking County Common Pleas Court for more than 23 years. He is also a former Vinton County Common Pleas judge, by appointment of Governor Celeste.

Gerken, who lives in Logan, enjoys golf, cooking, and spending time with Kathy, his wife, and his children: Jason, 28; Haley, 25; and Miles, 22.

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. 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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