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Sax-playing attorney hits high note for children’s charities

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Columbus, OHIO (Oct. 3, 2011) – Cincinnati attorney Dale Stalf will soon be donning his Santa hat and brushing up on Christmas tunes with his saxophone as he prepares to perform with “Santa’s Goody Bag Band.”

Stalf performs with Santa's Goody Bag Band“We perform year round, but the big event is our annual tour just before Christmas. It’s great getting together with old friends and playing Christmas music, which is the best music around,” Stalf said. “It’s also nice to be able to pick up the old sax and see that all of the music lessons my parents paid for aren’t going to waste.”

Joking aside, Stalf has also enjoyed his more than 20 years with the band largely because of the charitable mission of the band. Since “Santa’s Goody Bag Band” (SGBB) was formed shortly before Christmas 1981, it has raised more than $40,000 for the Shriners Hospital for Children and other children’s charities. SGBB’s mission is to “bring the spirit of Christmas to Cincinnati all year long.” This year’s tour of Cincinnati bars and restaurants will be Saturday, Dec. 17.

Stalf’s musical career started at the age of six when he began playing accordion. “When I started high school, they didn’t have much need for an accordion player in the marching band, so I got my father’s alto saxophone down from the attic and largely taught myself how to play it.” He continued playing throughout high school and college and was a member of the King’s Island Clown Band.

Stalf received his undergraduate degree from Xavier University (’78) and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati (’83). He is a partner at Wood & Lamping and is vice chair of its litigation practice group. He focuses his practice on the prosecution and defense of business disputes through litigation in state and federal courts and administrative agencies and through the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques.

As for his chosen profession, Stalf said, “I truly believe that the law is a noble profession and I am extremely proud to be a lawyer. I get the most satisfaction out of helping individuals or small businesses work through serious legal issues that could have potentially devastating financial results.”

Stalf has been a member of the Ohio State Bar Association since 1983. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Cincinnati Bar Association (CBA) and chairs its Professionalism Committee. An Army veteran, he recently became involved in creating a new Military Law Committee at the CBA to provide legal assistance to veterans and their families. He has served as a mentor in the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program and is also in the mentoring program at Xavier’s Williams College of Business. He is also a member of, and has served as programs coordinator for, the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.

He lives in Cincinnati with his wife Tammy. They have four children and two grandchildren.

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: Stalf lives in zip code 45248.

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