Toledo attorney named OSBA president

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Martin E. MohlerToledo attorney Martin E. Mohler is the Ohio State Bar Association’s new president. In addition to providing leadership for the OSBA, the voice of Ohio lawyers, Mohler is known in the Toledo area for his musical abilities and as a member of a local lawyer garage rock band, Jingle Balls, which supports various local charities. Most recently, Mohler and his band played at the OSBA Annual Convention in Columbus to celebrate his upcoming presidency, and also played at the Toledo Bar Association’s Gridiron Show. The band also includes Judge Michael Goulding, attorneys Jim Anderson, John Rozic and Larry Gold.


Mohler looks forward to heading what he calls “the best state bar association in the nation.”  In addition to providing top-notch services to OSBA members to support their professional needs, Mohler wants the OSBA be the voice for Ohio lawyers. He said, “I want the OSBA to advocate for Ohio lawyers on a number of fronts. It is my personal goal for the next year to see that we fully represent the lawyers of Ohio.”


In addition, Mohler said, “During my year as president, I want to increase our support of efforts to improve the administration of justice for all. For example, I want to explore how we can further promote specialty courts and dockets. The OSBA will continue to speak loudly for veterans’ courts and legal services for vets, and also for courts and dockets that serve those who are mentally ill or have substance abuse issues. Ohio’s business and environmental courts have shown how effective this specialized approach can be. Putting the strength of our collective voices behind these efforts to improve the administration of justice can make a real difference.”


Mohler also supports increased funding for the legal services corporation Access to Justice, noting, “There is still a great need to provide legal assistance to the underserved.”


President Mohler is a partner in the Toledo firm of Shindler, Neff, Holmes, Worline & Mohler, LLP, and has served the Northwest Ohio community for more than 40 years. His broad general practice covers both criminal and civil law, including business/corporate matters, personal injury, wrongful death, family/domestic relations, probate and estate planning, real estate, attorney discipline/ethics and arbitration/mediation.


A former president of the Toledo Bar Association, Mohler is also a member of the Toledo, Ohio and American bar associations and a life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference. He also is a distinguished life fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. He has been an active member of the OSBA, having chaired the Government Affairs Committee of the OSBA Board of Governors.


Mohler is actively involved in his Toledo community. He volunteers at a local soup kitchen and serves on the Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Board. He also chairs the Facility Governing Board for the Correctional Treatment Facility for Lucas County. In addition, he is a former member of the board of trustees of the Toledo Legal Aid Society, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality and Legal Aid of Western Ohio. He is a member of the Ohio Bar College and the National Conference of Bar Presidents.


Having earned his bachelor’s degree in English, cum laude, from John Carroll University, Mohler went on to earn his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. He and Terri, his wife of more than 40 years, have four grown children, two of whom are also lawyers, and two grandchildren.

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