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Young lawyer applies love of technology to his practice

CONTACT:  Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426                       

Columbus, OHIO (August 30, 2010) – Most law students have undergraduate degrees such as political science, history or English. Andrew Clark is an exception. He graduated from Ohio Dominican University with a degree in computer science, and his unique background has allowed him to bring a different perspective to the profession.

“Logic equations are a big component of both programming and understanding the law,” Clark says, “The ability to think abstractly can be helpful when crafting arguments and understanding the interplay between issues.” Clark’s computer background has been extremely helpful for his career as an attorney, as he is able to provide clients with technical knowledge regarding programming and computing issues.

“Virtually everything about my practice centers around the use of technology,” explains Clark. “A big part of operating a technologically advanced law office is understanding what you need, what you have and what you are actually using.”

After Clark graduated from Capital University Law School, he started his own practice as a general practitioner. In November 2009, he joined the Dublin law firm of Anelli Holford, Ltd., where he focuses on real estate, business planning, and general litigation. He lives in Hilliard with his wife, Sara, whom he met in law school. He is an active member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) Young Lawyers Section Council, he was recently appointed as the vice chair for the OSBA’s Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Section. He is also a member of the Columbus Young Professionals, as well as several committees and sections of various bar associations.

Although Clark’s education has prepared him well for many elements of the profession, he believes that education alone could not prepare him for generating business, managing a practice, and creating his own niche. “My advice to new lawyers entering the solo/small firm arena is to find a mentor who can help provide some direction.” He offers, “The legal concepts that we deal with on a daily basis are only a portion of what being a lawyer is all about. A lawyer is more than the well drafted document or flawless closing argument he or she presents. A lawyer is an advocate, a counselor, an advisor, and occasionally the bearer of bad news and a mentor can help you become a well-rounded, successful lawyer.”

Clark believes that social media sites provide a convenient and invaluable forum for attorneys, regardless of their age: “Active involvement with sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can increase your market visibility, provide co-counsel opportunities, reinforce your current relationships and help you understand how social media sites may impact your clients.” 

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. The OSBA CLE department has served Ohio’s legal professionals for more than 40 years and provides a full-service curriculum.

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Editors note: Andrew Clark’s residential zip code is 43228. A video interview with Clark is available on the Ohio State Bar Association’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/watch?v=9316cDymtdY.

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