|Frederic E. Kramer is one of a group of distinguished lawyers to be recognized by the Ohio State Bar Association this year for 50 years of law practice. Throughout the years, Kramer has devoted his practice to litigation and appellate work and has been extremely involved within his community.
“I thoroughly enjoy the interaction between the parties, attorneys, and judges within the courtroom,” said Kramer of his work. “There are always new challenges, and it just depends on the case and the circumstances.” He explained that a career in law naturally evolved for him, and stemmed from his love of argument and debate. As to his achievement of 50 years of practice, Kramer quipped, “It’s a tribute to longevity. If you’re crusty enough, and you can hang in there long enough, you can be successful.”
Kramer completed his undergraduate studies at John Carroll University in 1959, with a major in history and minor in political science. He received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1962. His continued interest in history and the law, and particularly its application, led him to pursue a career in civil litigation defense, his area of expertise. He joined the firm of Hermann and Rhoa in 1962, which later became Hermann and Kramer in 1967. He has been a member of the firm of McNeal, Schick, Archibald & Biro, Co. since 1972 and is currently of counsel. “The practice of law is an interesting and ever-changing experience,” Kramer noted. “Whether it is a wonderful result in a case, or a time that a judge chewed you out, the many experiences have been memorable.”
A member of the Ohio State Bar Association since 1962, Kramer has served on the OSBA Council of Delegates since 1997, was past chair and is a current member of the OSBA Judicial Administration and Legal Reform Committee and was a member of the OSBA’s first Committee for Reformation of Jury Instructions. He is a life member of the Eighth District Judicial Conference and a Master Bencher Emeritus of the William K. Thomas Inns of Court.
Outside of work, Kramer is heavily involved within his community. He currently chairs the Board of Zoning Appeals for the city of Mayfield Heights, and has served as vice-president of the Diocesan Board of Education. He was also a member of the Mayfield Heights and Ohio Jaycees, and volunteered with the Lake Erie Girl Scout Council.
In his free time, Kramer said he enjoys golfing as often as possible, but he was quick to add, “The most important thing is family.” He and his wife of 52 years, Merici, have five children and 12 grandchildren, all of whom reside in the Cleveland area. Speaking of the support he has received from his wife, he offered, “Even while I was goofing off in law school she was working hard to make money.” The support continued throughout the years of maintaining an active litigation practice. The two met in their senior year of high school as a result of a debate tournament.