The new year brings with it a new board president for the Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) as Thomas D. Lammers begins his one-year term. He will lead an accomplished group of 20 legal professionals who are committed to promoting public understanding of the rule of law and improvements in the justice system.
While serving on the Board of Trustees since 2007, Lammers has been a Fellow with the Foundation for 17 years. He demonstrates his passion for the OSBF through his belief that “the Foundation is the most prominent bar-related foundation in the country as well as the philanthropic arm of the prominent and well-respected Ohio State Bar Association.”
A partner with the firm Purdy, Lammers & Schiavone in Celina, Lammers focuses his practice in the areas of real estate, probate, estate planning and commercial law, and has served numerous courts and practitioners as a mediator.
Lammers said of his plans during his tenure, “I would like Ohio lawyers to know that the Foundation is doing great things in their name and that, through their participation and generosity, we can do so much more.”
Lammers’ new role builds on a long history of service to the organized bar and community. He has served on the Council of Delegates and the Board of Governors of the OSBA, and is a past chairman of the OSBA’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company. Locally, he is a past president of both the Mercer County Bar Association and the Celina Rotary Club, and served more than 12 years as secretary of the Celina Civil Service Commission. He is currently a trustee of the Mercer County Civic Foundation and serves on the Mercer Savings Bank Board of Directors.
Lammers received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University and his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
In his role as president of the OSBF, Lammers will lead the Board of Trustees, whose members include President-elect Stephen F. Tilson (Galion), Immediate Past President Heather G. Sowald (Columbus), Hon. Patrick F. Fischer (Cincinnati), Michelle L. Kranz (Toledo), Thomas P. Moushey (Alliance), Thomas J. Bonasera (Columbus), Kalpana Yalamanchili (Columbus), Steven C. Hollon (Columbus), Lee E. Belardo (Avon), Andrew C. Storar (Dayton), Diana Ramos-Reardon (Columbus), Dennis Terez (Cleveland), Karyn Justice (Portsmouth) and C. Lynne Day (Chardon).
Stephen F. Tilson, who will serve as president-elect for the 2013 year, also serves as chair of the Grants Committee. A Life Fellow of the OSBF, Tilson said, “The OSBF is the one charity I believe in the most. It brings the lawyers and judges of Ohio together with many segments of the public, and all of us benefit from our collaboration. I have been on many boards and committees, but for me, this is the apex.”
A partner in the Galion firm of Hottenroth, Garverick, Tilson & Garverick Co., LPA, Tilson is also a member of the OSBA, where he has served on the Board of Governors, Council of Delegates, and the Ohio Lawyer magazine Board of Editors. He is the past president of the Crawford County Bar Association and has been involved in the drafting and screening of various Ohio law sections on finances. His extensive volunteer experience will be an asset in his role as OSBF president in 2014.
Tilson received his B.A. with honors from Ohio Wesleyan University and his J.D. with honors from The Ohio State University. His general law practice includes estate planning, family law, personal injury, business and finance.
Judge William H. Harsha
Judge Harsha has been an OSBF Fellow since 2009. When asked what keeps him engaged with the Foundation, he said, “I’ve found that it broadens my professional experience because we can easily forget about the human impact of the law and the opportunity to do good through it. I feel that being a professional is more than providing a service to stakeholders. It is providing a public service as well, and public service is greatly emphasized through the mission of the OSBF.”
A frequent lecturer for the Ohio Judicial College, the Ohio Appellate Judges Association, and the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Judge Harsha is a former member of the OSBA Board of Governors. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Pickaway County Bar Association and the Ross County Bar Association.
Judge Harsha currently sits on the Fourth District Court of Appeals of Ohio. He received his B.A. and M.S. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his J.D. cum laude from Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.
Judge William D. Hart
Judge Hart recently retired from the bench of the General Division of the Hardin County Common Pleas Court. When asked about his reasons for joining the OSBF Board of Trustees, Judge Hart said, “I believe the Foundation is a very worthwhile organization and I believe in its purpose.”
A former member of the OSBA Board of Governors, Judge Hart is the current president of the Hardin County Community Foundation, a past president of the Kenton Rotary Club and a past president of the Hardin County Bar Association. He is also a member of the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association, the Ohio Domestic Relations Judges Association and the Ohio Judicial Conference.
A U.S. Army veteran, Judge Hart received his B.S. and E.D. from The Ohio State University and his J.D. from Ohio Northern University’s Claude W. Pettit College of Law.
Robert F. Ware
Ware is a partner in the firm of Thompson Hine LLP. He practices in the firm’s Cleveland office and a member of its Executive Committee. His practice focuses on business litigation and he has significant experience litigating trade secret, unfair competition, copyright infringement, civil antitrust, false advertising and other complex business cases throughout the United States.
Speaking about his plans for his term as an OSBF trustee, Ware reported that he hopes to “increase awareness of the Foundation,” adding, “If more lawyers knew about the Foundation and our initiatives, it would broaden opportunities for us.”
A past president of the OSBA, Ware belongs to the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Bar Foundation.
In his community, Ware has served on the vestry at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and as a member of the board of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. He has also volunteered with the United Way.
Ware received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan.
Carol Seubert Marx
Marx is a sole practitioner in Lancaster, where she concentrates in the areas of workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, estate planning and probate matters.
Marx has a long record of giving back to her community. She has served as president, vice president, and treasurer of the Fairfield Family Counseling Center and as president of the OSBA. Marx is a member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association, the Dayton Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association and the Toledo Bar Association. She currently serves as president of the Board of Trustees of the Fairfield Medical Center, the largest hospital in Fairfield County.
Marx received her undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo and her law degree from The Ohio State University.
Hollingsworth will serve his two-year term ex-officio because he will become president of the OSBA on July 1, 2013.
The principal in the Dayton firm of J. Hollingsworth & Associates, LLC, Hollingsworth concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, employment, corporate and business matters, insurance defense, medical malpractice, personal injury and legal disciplinary matters.
Hollingsworth has served on the OSBA Board of Governors, and chaired the board’s Membership, Public and Media Relations and Publications Committee. He has also served on its Audit Committee. A former president of the Dayton Bar Association, Hollingsworth has also served Dayton and the surrounding area through his work as board chair for the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority, as president for the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District, as board chair of the Dayton Urban League and as board president of the Family Service Association of Dayton. He has also served on the Supreme Court of Ohio Task Force on the Code of Judicial Conduct and the Task Force on Rules of Professional Conduct.
Hollingsworth is a 1980 graduate of Harvard University and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1983.