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Columbus lawyer expresses himself through music

CONTACT: Stephanie Beougher, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4415

Matthew CrumptonColumbus, OHIO (Aug. 16, 2011) – This fall, a musical instrument loan program will be available at no cost to central Ohio students, thanks to a charity created by Columbus attorney Matthew Crumpton of Crumpton Law LLC.

“We started Music Loves Ohio in 2008 to refurbish used instruments and provide them to students who have access to music education but can’t afford the instruments,” Crumpton said.

In addition to the loan program, the nonprofit organization has organized benefit concerts, built instruments at homeless shelters and hosted music workshops for youth.

Crumpton’s life is filled with music. In fact, one of his practice areas is entertainment and music law, and he frequently represents musicians. After hours, Crumpton follows his own musical interests. Along with fellow attorney Alex Hastie, he is a founding member of “The Winnie Cooper Project,” a cover band of 90s hip hop and rap songs.

According to Crumpton, “Music is the way that I can best creatively express myself. I love everything about music—the lyrics, performing live and the instruments. It will always be a huge part of who I am.”

Crumpton graduated from Ohio University in 2004 with a major in education. Three years later he earned his law degree from Capital University. He enjoys his legal career, saying, “I love helping people solve problems by using the tools I have as an attorney. In litigation, my favorite thing is being underestimated by opposing counsel, usually because of my age, and then winning.”

In addition to his busy law practice and his Music Loves Ohio charity, Crumpton also serves on the board of directors for the Independents’ Day Festival that celebrates independent art and music in Columbus; is founder of the Musician Inc., a music industry conference; and co-owns a restaurant in Athens with his family. 

“My parents and my sister, Natalie, have always been very supportive. Since going into business with my parents, I have learned so much and gained even more respect for them.”

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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Editors note: Crumpton and “The Winnie Cooper Project” are featured in a video by the Ohio State Bar Association about Ohio lawyer bands.

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