|Dayton attorney Jonathan Hollingsworth became the Ohio State Bar Association’s president-elect at the OSBA Annual Convention in Cincinnati. Hollingsworth will take office as OSBA president on July 1, 2013.
About his goals for the future of the OSBA, Hollingsworth stated, “Now, more than ever, the OSBA needs to focus on giving its members the most value for their membership. Inspired by our past presidents, I want to continue the great entrepreneurial tradition of this organization and ensure that the OSBA remains an invaluable asset to its members through the delivery of quality and valuable membership services and by leading by example with the two most power-filled words: ‘I can!’”
President-elect Hollingsworth is principal in the Dayton firm of J. Hollingsworth & Associates, LLC, where he concentrates on litigation, employment, corporate and business, insurance defense, medical malpractice, personal injury and legal disciplinary matters. He began his career at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, and later became a shareholder in the firm of Washington & Hollingsworth.
Hollingsworth has taught Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in the Graduate Management Program at Antioch University McGregor in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Law Practice Management at the University of Dayton School of Law.
A former president of the Dayton Bar Association, Hollingsworth has served on the OSBA Board of Governors, and chaired the board’s Membership, Public & Media Relations and Publications Committee. He has also served on its Audit Committee. Currently, Hollingsworth chairs the OSBA’s Advisory Council on Diversity Initiatives. He is also a past chair of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline for the Supreme Court of Ohio and has served on the Supreme Court of Ohio Task Force on the Code of Judicial Conduct and the Task Force on Rules of Professional Conduct.
In addition to his service to state and local bar associations and the legal profession, Hollingsworth has served the greater Dayton community as chair of the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority. Other past community involvements include the Dayton Urban League, Family Service Association of Dayton, Greater Dayton Public Television, Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Dayton, Dayton Bar Foundation and the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District.
Hollingsworth is a 1980 graduate of Harvard University and earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1983. Hollingsworth is married to Linda K. Hollingsworth, and they reside in Dayton. They have five children (Christopher, Kimberly, Demetrius, Bradford and Natasha) and six grandchildren (Brooklyn, Elysse, Caiden, Jamison, Saqqara and C.J.).